EMS WR Application Specific Instructions

EMS IDs are essential for finding the information you want efficiently on EMS WR, and many users will search for IDs frequently. 

Main Menu

The main menu is the central location from which you can select EMS WR tools to find information.

Government and health authority staff will find this section particularly useful. Water purveyors will not normally be able to search using any fields other than their EMS ID. If they attempt to do so, the system will display error messages, and then fail to product results.

Once you have logged on to EMS WR, the main page will open:

The Main Menu page gives you access to the EMS WR report tools and provides information about them.

Monitoring Locations Page

This page allows you to select the information you want to include in the monitoring locations report. It also allows you to name the report and retrieve the information from the EMS database. 

This page allows you to choose which criteria you want to include in the monitoring locations report that you download. It also allows you to name the report.

To Find Monitoring Locations

This page allows you to select the information you want to include in the monitoring locations report. It also allows you to name the report and retrieve the information from the EMS database. From the main menu, click the monitoring locations button under the information retrieval heading.

  • The Monitoring Locations - Criteria page will open. 
  • Enter information into the fields you want to use as search criteria.

  • From the Main Menu, click the Monitoring Locations button under the Information Retrieval heading
  • Enter information into the fields you want to use as search criteria
  • You must enter information into at least one field
  • If you know them, type in the codes (separated by a comma). Or, use the multi-selection symbol to display multi selection lists to choose the codes.
  • Click the retrieve button
  • Click the checkboxes of the data items you want to include in the file download. You should always click the checkboxes for EMS ID and Location Name. Other common choices include Office Name, Establishing Agency, and Location Type.
  • In the field at the bottom of the screen, type a name for the information retrieval (e.g., jsmith locations) and click the OK button. 
  • Click on the download data button
  • Select the radio button next to the Retrieval Name created in step 5
  • Click the OK button to download the file to your computer
  • The file is saved as a comma-separated values (.csv) file. Use Microsoft Excel, Access, or another spreadsheet program to open the document.

Looking up Watershed Codes

Some EMS WR screens have a Watershed Code field:

Clicking the globe image to the right of the field opens the Watershed Dictionary - Standard Watershed Code Query page:

You can use this search tool to find watershed codes for B.C. streams, lakes, wetlands, and coastlines. This is the basic procedure for using the Watershed Dictionary:

  • Enter information into at least one field or drop-down list marked with an asterisk and click next
  • The Fisheries Data Warehouse - Watershed Code Report page opens. For example, if you select Beaver River from the Watershed Group drop-down list, clicking next opens this page: 

  • Make note of the desired code from the Watershed Code column. You might need to scroll down to do this. 
  • For example, the watershed code for Beaver River is 213, you can copy and paste into the Watershed Code field
  • Close the Fisheries Data Warehouse and Watershed Dictionary pages
  • Return to your search criteria screen
  • Enter the code from step 3 into the Watershed Code field
  • If you require further information on how to use the Watershed Dictionary, click the Help button on the Watershed Dictionary page to read documentation for this tool

Data Results Criteria

When you click on the Data Results button on the main menu, the Data Results - Criteria page opens: 

This page allows you to choose the criteria you want to include in the data results report that you download. It also allows you to name the report.

Download Data Files

The Download Data tool allows you to download the files you create with the Monitoring Locations and Data Results tools:

This page lists the files you have retrieved using the Monitoring Locations and Data Results tools, and allows you to download them to your computer.

Session Timeout

After 60 minutes without user input, the system will automatically log off the user from the session for security purposes. If you still want to use EMS WR after this session timeout, you must begin a new session by going through the logon process again.