Water Quality Monitoring

A key element of B.C. and Alaska’s commitment to protect Transboundary Waters is the establishment of a Water Quality Monitoring Program.

The program’s objective is to improve our scientific understanding of the existing conditions of the Alsek, Unuk, Taku and Stikine watersheds, and to collaboratively collect and share information on the potential impacts of mining and development activities on fisheries and other subsistence resources.

The program will significantly increase the amount of data already being collected, with additional sampling beginning as soon as late summer, 2017.

B.C.’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) is developing the program in conjunction with various provincial, state, tribal, and First Nations organizations. Collectively these groups will play a role in monitoring water quality and quantity, sharing traditional knowledge of the ecosystem, interpreting the compiled data, and reporting the findings to the Bilateral Working Group.

Water Monitoring Program Documentation

In October, 2017 the Program Description and Two-Year Work Plan for the Joint Water Quality Monitoring Program for Transboundary Waters was approved by the Bilateral Working Group. These documents describe a process for the collection, summary and distribution of baseline water quality and quantity data and for monitoring the condition of fish and other aquatic life potentially impacted by pollutants in Transboundary Waters.