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||This report assesses the water quality of Okeover Intlet. The report has two parts : a technical report and an appendix. Okeover is a marine inlet on the west coast of the BC mainland north of Powell River. This area is a popular destination for recreational boaters, and includes the Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park, Malaspina Provincial Park and Okeover Arm Provincial Park. As well, shellfish farming and harvesting are important economic activities throughout the Inlet, and a large number of mariculture tenures have been issued for the area. As the primary water uses for the Okeover Inlet are for recreational purposes, mariculture and aquatic life and wildlife, the designated water uses are primary-contact recreation and aesthetics, the ability for shellfish growing and harvesting, and marine aquatic life. These are the uses that are most sensitive to impacts that might occur to marine water quality, based on existing activities within the watershed. Potential impacts to water quality in Okeover Inlet are primarily linked to untreated sewage discharges from pleasure craft, residences and businesses including failed on-site septic systems, as well as from possible fuel spills from pleasure craft or at refilling stations on private docks. The project consisted of five phases: water quality data collection, gathering information on water use, determination of land use activities that may influence water quality, assessment of water quality based on land use influences, and establishment of water quality objectives. This report is based primarily on data collected between 1999 and 2004, although water quality data from as early as 1980 is also considered. Attached : Technical report and appendices.