Water Quality in Northeastern British Columbia

Written by Dr. Gilles Wendling, Hydrogeologist, P.Eng

June 11, 2018

Prior to this project, trying to establish the status of water quality in the region was a challenge. Different agencies that collect water monitoring data store this information in different places, and there is no standardization around how results are reported. 

The data

We completed a search of all the publicly accessible water quality data in the region. Data from 11,935 surface water samples from 364 locations were compiled from the following sources, and are now available on DataStream:

  • Environmental Monitoring System (BC Ministry of the Environment) –   view dataset
  • Municipality of Hudson’s Hope –   view dataset

We also sourced 875 groundwater samples from 522 locations that were included in our water quality baseline assessment. 

Project findings

We compared surface water and groundwater monitoring results with federal and provincial guidelines. Using this information, we identified locations of concern where water quality is declining, as well as areas where monitoring data is lacking. 

The project findings are summarized in the publicly available   PRRD Water Quality Report  that we prepared. 

Funding and support

The PRRD Water Quality project was funded by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and the Peace River Regional District. Other contributors included Treaty 8 Tribal Association, GW Solutions, and Interraplan Inc.

Bringing this data onto DataStream was supported by the   Canadian Internet Registration Authority  Community Investment Program. 

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