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Citation Bull, J. 2003. Status of water quality conditions in the Little Campbell, Serpentine and Nicomekl Rivers from 1971-2002. BC Ministry of Environment.
Organization Ministry of Environment
URL https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/air-land-water/water/waterquality/wqgs-wqos/wq-attainment-report-archive/wqoattainboundarybay2002.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 use of the area. This report presents the results of
monitoring undertaken in 2002 to check attainment of Boundary Bay tributary water quality
objectives set in 1988. Objectives have not been formally monitored since 1992. The
CCME Water Quality Index was also determined for each tributary using 2002 results. The
river systems of concern are the Serpentine River and its tributaries (Latimer Creek,
Mahood Creek, and Hyland Creek), the Nicomekl River and its tributaries (Murray Creek
and Anderson Creek), and the Little Campbell River. The current results were also
compared with data obtained over the past 30 years to determine the overall state of water
quality in the three river systems.
Bacteriological indicators, including fecal coliforms and Escherichia coli (E. coli), were
monitored five times during a 30 day period in 2002. Water quality indicators included
dissolved oxygen, pH, suspended solids, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, phosphorus, and lead.
Sediment samples, collected once from Mahood Creek and the Serpentine River (at Hwy
99A), were analyzed for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
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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