Presentation Abstract

Water Quality Objectives (WQOs) in British Columbia set limits within which various parameters should remain to enable sensitive uses of water bodies. The current WQOs for Burrard Inlet are more than 25 years old and do not reflect current science, all pollutants of concern or a complete understanding of uses and values, for example uses of particular importance to First Nations. As part of its work to implement the Burrard Inlet Action Plan, Tsleil-Waututh Nation is leading an initiative with the Province of BC to update the Burrard Inlet WQOs. One goal in doing so is to ensure that ecological and cultural uses are reflected to achieve stewardship responsibilities and obligations. Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s long-term vision includes restoring water quality in the inlet to enable uses such as shellfish harvesting, which has been closed since 1972 due to contamination. This is a major, multi-sector undertaking in a complex body of water. In this session we’ll share what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and what we’ve learned.

Session Title

Policy and Management Challenges for Restoring and Protecting Water Quality in the Salish Sea

Keywords

water quality, Indigenous, collaboration, standards

Conference Track

SSE8: Policy, Management, and Regulations

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE8-339

Start Date

5-4-2018 2:15 PM

End Date

5-4-2018 2:30 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

English

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Raising the standards for water quality objectives in Burrard Inlet: interaction between public, ecological and cultural values through Indigenous-Provincial collaboration

Water Quality Objectives (WQOs) in British Columbia set limits within which various parameters should remain to enable sensitive uses of water bodies. The current WQOs for Burrard Inlet are more than 25 years old and do not reflect current science, all pollutants of concern or a complete understanding of uses and values, for example uses of particular importance to First Nations. As part of its work to implement the Burrard Inlet Action Plan, Tsleil-Waututh Nation is leading an initiative with the Province of BC to update the Burrard Inlet WQOs. One goal in doing so is to ensure that ecological and cultural uses are reflected to achieve stewardship responsibilities and obligations. Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s long-term vision includes restoring water quality in the inlet to enable uses such as shellfish harvesting, which has been closed since 1972 due to contamination. This is a major, multi-sector undertaking in a complex body of water. In this session we’ll share what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and what we’ve learned.