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McMillan Creek Monitoring Project (British Columbia)

EPD water monitoring locations were developed from a mapping   examination of the McMillan Creek watershed. The McMillan Creek   mainstem was segregated based on land use activity and sample sites   were created both upstream and downstream from potential pollution   sources. The available funding, which was only provided for a   preliminary assessment of McMillan Creek, allowed these sites to be   sampled four times, including one summer low flow, one summer rain   event, one fall rain and during one winter low flow.  Water samples were analyzed for a variety of parameters that were   selected based on the respective upstream land use activity for each   site. These parameters included total and dissolved metals,   nutrients and general chemistry, fecal coliform bacteria and   bacterial source tracking. Most parameters have applicable   provincial or federal water quality guidelines which were used to   help assess the current condition of McMillan Creek.  In addition to the collection of water quality information, benthic   invertebrate samples were collected according to the Canadian   Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) protocol. This bioassessment   tool uses living organisms to provide insight on environmental   conditions by using the Reference Condition Approach (RCA). This   approach uses reference sites, which have minimal human impact, as a   baseline for assessing potentially impaired sites. The model used in   this program, which was analyzed by the Ministry of Environment in   Skeena Region, include a BEAST (Benthic Assessment of Sediment)   model and a SkeenRivas model, which is based on Australia's   modelling program AUSRIVAS.    (microbial source tracking); (MST); (bacterial source tracking);   (BST); (benthic invertebrate); (invertebrates); (sediment);   (sediments); (land use)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Cellular
Region Being Monitored
Benthos
Resource Being Monitored
Bottom Sediment
Fisheries
Habitat
Human Health
Suspended Sediments
Urban Land Use
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Fish Tumours or Other Deformities
Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat
Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Populations
Monitoring

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