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Citation Bull, J and Freyman, L. 2013. Status of water quality objectives attainment in the Little Campbell River, Serpentine River and Nicomekl River, 1971-2009. BC Ministry of Environment.
Organization Ministry of Environment
URL http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/regions/lower_mainland/water_quality/reports/ltl-campbell-riv/pdf/bb_tribs_attain_%20report_2009.pdf
Abstract/Description or Keywords The Little Campbell, Nicomekl, and Serpentine Rivers, which flow into Boundary Bay,
are at risk of contamination from diffuse agricultural sources and stormwater runoff due
to intensive agricultural and urban landuse of the area. This report presents the results
of monitoring undertaken in 2009 to check attainment of Boundary Bay and its
Tributaries Water Quality Objectives set in 1988. Objectives have not been formally
monitored since 2002. The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment CCME
Water Quality Index was also determined for each tributary using 2009 results. The
river systems of concern are the Little Campbell River, the Nicomekl River and its
tributaries (Murray and Anderson Creeks), and Serpentine River and its tributaries
(Latimer, Mahood and Hyland Creeks). The current results were also compared with
data obtained over the past 40 years to determine trends in water quality in the three
river systems.
Chemical and bacteriological indicators were monitored five times during a 30-day
period in both August (dry period) and November 2009 (wet period). Bacteriological
indicators included fecal coliforms, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and enterococci. Water
quality indicators included dissolved oxygen, pH, suspended solids, turbidity, ammonia,
nitrite, and lead. Data collected in 2008 for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in water,
sediment and tissue are also included for the Serpentine River and Mahood Creek.
Information Type report
Regional Watershed Lower Fraser
Sub-watershed if known Little Campbell River, Nicomekl River, Serpentine River
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Project status complete
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