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Title: Cowichan Watershed 2013 Monitoring Summary and Plans for 2014


1
Cowichan Watershed 2013 Monitoring Summary and
Plans for 2014
  • Deborah Epps
  • Section Head, Provincial Water Quality
  • Ministry of Environment, Nanaimo, BC
  • June 17, 2015

2
Items for Discussion
  • Program review
  • 2013 Sampling Summary
  • lake, river and marine sites
  • 2014 Sampling Proposal
  • Discussion

3
Three Year Plan
  • 2012 focus on lower watershed, from lake down
    (2012 summary report)
  • 2013 focus on upper watershed and hot spots
    from 2012 (2013 summary report)
  • 2014 address hot spots, 2013 reports Cowichan
    lake and Cow/Kok rivers attainment, Cow Bay
    WQOS), overall recommendations

4
2012 Recommendations Monitoring and follow up
action
  • Further investigations required Koksilah and
    Upper Cowichan Bay bench
  • Site visits with farming community
  • Group Environmental Farm Plan
  • Additional sampling Allenby, FGA, Vimy, Cow Bay
  • More microbial source tracking
  • Bacteroides (Env Can) vs MST library method
    (Asit)
  • Busy Place Creek sampling

5
2013 Results Maps and Figures
6
Cowichan Lake Perimeter E. coli
7
Cowichan Lake Tribs - Turbidity
8
Cowichan Lake Tribs E. Coli
9
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10
Cowichan River
11
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12
Koksilah E coli (385 and 77 CFU/100 mg/L
geomean)
13
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14
Cowichan Bay
15
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16
Cowichan Bay - Enterococci
17
Cowichan Bay Fecal Coliforms
18
Next Steps 2014
  • Lake Cowichan
  • E coli and turbidity in selected tribs (Beaver
    Creek, Heather, Oliver
  • Microbial Source Tracking in tribs
  • Sampling at dw intake in lake, marina
  • Links to shoreline work

19
Cowichan/Koksilah Rivers
  • Koksilah farm sampling 2013
  • Update from Rodger
  • Cowichan River storm drain issues in fall
    (turbidity, E. coli, metals)
  • Allenby sources
  • Fish Gut Alley sources
  • Busy Place Creek

20
Cowichan Bay and tribs
  • Float Home areas summer only
  • Tribs linked to farm plan work
  • Shoreline sampling - VIHA

21
Island Health sampling for 2014
  • Cowichan Bay
  • nature centre, cherry point beach
  • Cowichan River
  • Provincial park, bright Angel park, vimy park
  • Lake Cowichan
  • Arbutus Park beach, Lakeview Park Beach

22
Somenos and tribs
  • Averill, Bings and Richards Creek
  • 5 weekly samples in 30 days summer and fall (E
    coli, turbidity, nutrients (TP), metals)
  • Bings creek looking upstream for sources
  • Somenos - biweekly DO/temp profiles, secchi

23
Overall Recommendations
  • Water quality objectives have to be linked to
    Cowichan Watershed Board targets
  • Stormwater Management Planning
  • Local Government support
  • Land use planning, zoning and By-laws,
  • LWMPs,
  • Riparian areas
  • Outreach and Education

24
Discussion
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