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Citation Barlak, R and Fegan, L. 2014. Regional District of Nanaimo Community Watershed Monitoring Network, 2013 Data Summary. BC Ministry of Environment and Regional District of Nanaimo.
Organization Regional District of Nanaimo
URL http://www.rdn.bc.ca/cms/wpattachments/wpID2844atID6380.pdf
Abstract/Description or Keywords The purpose of this report is to present a summary of data collected as part of the Regional District of
Nanaimo (RDN) Community Watershed Monitoring Network partnership. This partnership was initiated in
2011 by the RDN and the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Environment (MOE) to collect data across the
RDN. In its early stages (2011-2013) the program will be used for data gathering with the goals of obtaining
enough data to see watershed trends and raise watershed health awareness in local communities. Long
term goals are to use multiple years of data to determine in which watersheds more detailed monitoring
and/or improved watershed management need occur, and to assist in land use planning.
Partnerships are core to the monitoring program. In 2013 the RDN and MOE organized the program and
trained participants in monitoring protocols. Ten stewardship groups within the RDN participated in the
monitoring program, with safety gear, land access and funding for Quality Assurance/Quality Control lab
analyses provided by Island Timberlands LP. Stewardship groups participating in 2013 were: Nile Creek
Enhancement Society (NCES), Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, Qualicum Beach
Streamkeepers, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society, Nanaimo and Area Land Trust,
Departure Creek Streamkeepers, Harbour City River Stewards, Island Waters Fly Fishers, Nanoose –
Lantzville Streamkeepers Society and Vancouver Island University.
A total of 51 different sites in 17 different watersheds were monitored in 2013, the third year of the
program. Samples were collected weekly according to BC MOE sampling procedures (BC MOE, 2003)
between August 13 and September 10, 2013 (summer low flow) by all the stewardship groups and between
October 15 and November 12, 2013 (fall rains) by all the stewardship groups except NCES which sampled
between October 22 and November 19, 2013. Quality assurance/quality control samples were collected by
three groups. In this document, data are presented and compared to existing BC Water Quality Guidelines
(BC MOE, 1997) and/or Englishman River Water Quality Objectives (Barlak et al., 2010) (Table 1), applicable
to other watersheds within the same ecoregion. Exceedences and similarity to 2011 and 2012 data (Barlak,
2012 and 2013) are noted. When any turbidity samples were less than 0 NTU, or not a true reading,
calibration corrections were applied to all samples measured with the same instrument on that day and the
corrected values presented here. When data collection was missed or a stream had no above ground
surface flow the missing data point is represented by a missing bar in the applicable figure in this report.
Information Type report
Regional Watershed Vancouver Island South
Sub-watershed if known Englishman River, Nanaimo River, Nile Creek
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