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Sheep Creek Biological Impact Assessment

Biological impact assessments have been conducted in Sheep Creek adjacent to the Central Valley Landfill for the Regional District of Central Kootenay to fulfill the requirements of the landfill’s operational certificate. The assessments include sampling of the periphyton and macroinvertebrate communities in Sheep Creek to assess ecosystem health downstream of groundwater seeps adjacent to the landfill.

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Revelstoke Wastewater Treatment Environmental Impact Study

An environmental impact study was conducted in the Illecillewaet River to assess the impact of the discharge of treated effluent by the City of Revelstoke on the biological communities present. Water quality was compared to an upstream control site and existing water quality guidelines to identify any parameters of concern. A survey of the periphyton and benthic invertebrate communities was also conducted to assess the significance of the potential biological impact of the discharge.

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MAX Molybdenum Mine

An environmental effects monitoring program was designed for the MAX Molybdenum mine, near Trout Lake, B.C. to meet the Metal Mining Effluent Regulation and Ministry of Environment requirements. Annual data collection includes water quality, periphyton, benthic invertebrate, fish, fish tissue and sediment to assess the effect of discharge from the mine on the downstream receiving environment. Annual reporting includes interpretation of the water quality and biological sampling results.

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Kootenay Region Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity

Historical benthic invertebrate data and land use information from the Kootenay Region obtained from the Ministry of Environment was used to develop a benthic index of biotic integrity for streams in the region. Metrics that responded in a predictable way to increasing levels of human disturbance were combined to develop a multimetric index used to predict and monitor anthropogenic impacts on stream health.

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