Forest and Range Evaluation Program water quality monitoring
The Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) sets objectives for water under two regulations:
- The Forest Planning and Practices Regulation, Section 8
- The Range Planning and Practices Regulation, Section 8
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The goal of water quality monitoring is to quantify the effect of forestry and range related disturbances on water quality, and how the impact might be mitigated.
The two questions developed to gauge the effectiveness of FRPA in meeting the objectives for water are:
- Are forest practices effective in protecting water quality?
- Are forest and range practices increasing the risk of drinking water health hazards?
The FREP water quality effectiveness evaluation protocol evaluates the likelihood of forestry disturbed sites to generate and transport fine sediment to natural water bodies, which include fish streams and (or) drinking water sources.