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Citation Barlak, R, Epps, D and Phippen. B. 2010. Water quality assessment and objectives for the Englishman River Community Watershed: technical report. BC Ministry of Environment.
Organization Ministry of Environment
URL http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wat/wq/englishman/wqo-technical-englishman.pdf
Abstract/Description or Keywords The Englishman River community watershed provides a significant source of drinking
water to the local community and has important fisheries values, with chinook, chum,
coho, sockeye and pink salmon, cutthroat and rainbow trout, and steelhead all present at
some point during the year (FISS, 2006). Anthropogenic land uses within the watershed
include timber harvesting, agriculture, rural residential, urban residential (in the lower
watershed), light industrial development, and recreation. These activities, as well as
natural erosion and the presence of wildlife, all potentially affect water quality in the
Englishman River.
This report examines the existing water quality of the Englishman River and recommends
water quality objectives for this watershed based on potential impacts and water quality
parameters of concern. The Englishman River was designated as a community watershed
in 1995, as defined under the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act (―the
drainage area above the downstream point of diversion and which are licensed under the
Water Act for waterworks purposes‖). This designation was grandparented and continued
under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) in 2004 and infers a level of
protection. As the majority of the Englishman River community watershed is on private
land, the FRPA does not apply to most of the watershed. However, the MOE uses other
tools, such as water quality objectives, and legislation, such as the Private Managed
Forest Land Act and the Drinking Water Protection Act, to ensure that water quality
within these watersheds is protected and managed in a consistent manner.
Information Type report
Regional Watershed Vancouver Island South
Sub-watershed if known Englishman River
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Project status complete
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