Monitoring the water quality of lakes is essential to understanding current conditions, as well as changes in natural processes and the influences of human activities over time. This knowledge can then be used to determine the ecological health of lakes and lead to the development of sound, science-based plans and tools for watershed management. The need for lake monitoring and watershed planning is increasing due to potential impacts from multiple stressors, including population growth, land development, recreation, and climate change.
The Province's lake monitoring programs aim to better understand and report on these changes to help guide resource management decisions, and to inform both decision makers and stakeholders on lake water quality conditions.
To be provincial leaders in lake water quality monitoring and experts in B.C. limnology.
To coordinate and implement science-based provincial lake monitoring programs, that provides timely, consistent, and accurate long-term water quality trend data.