Forest & Range Evaluation Program Water Quality Monitoring

FREP Water Quality MonitoringThe Forest & Range Practices Act (FRPA) sets objectives for water quality as contained in the Forest Planning & Practices Regulation.

In addition, in the Range Planning & Practices Regulation, range agreement holders must establish a Range Stewardship Plan that meets objectives for water.

In the case of water resources, the questions that were developed to gauge the effectiveness of FRPA are as follows:

  • Are forest practices effective in protecting water quality?
  • Are forest & range practices increasing the risk of drinking water health hazards?

A suite of indicators are needed to assess the effectiveness of forest practices policy in meeting the government's objectives for water quality, as it pertains to the use of water for human consumption and fish. FREP water quality effectiveness evaluation protocol evaluates the propensity of forestry disturbed sites to generate and transport fine sediment to natural water bodies, which include fish streams and (or) drinking water sources.