British Columbia Approved Water Quality Guidelines (Canada)
1. Why do we have British Columbia Approved Water Quality Guidelines?
The British Columbia Approved Water Quality Guidelines (BC WQG) are policy statements that stipulate environmental benchmarks. The guidelines provide safe levels of substances for the protection of given water use, including drinking water, aquatic life, recreation and agriculture. The guidelines are developed so that water quality data can be assessed and site-specific water quality objectives prepared (British Colombia MoE, 2006).
2. What are British Columbia Approved Water Quality Guidelines & Standards?
3. Who sets British Columbia Water Quality Guidelines?
The British Columbia Approved Water Quality Guidelines are set by the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (BC MoE, 2017)
4. What are Water Quality Guidelines for?
The Water Quality Guidelines provide comprehensive approaches and advice on identifying appropriate guideline values for selected indicators. These guideline values help to ensure that agreed community values and their management goals are protected.
5. Why are Water Quality Guidelines needed? The guidelines use required for the following reasons
i. To protect water values, including, aquatic life, wildlife and their habitats, drinking water sources, agriculture (livestock watering and irrigation), and recreation.
ii. To provide the basis for the evaluation of ambient water quality and environmental impact assessments to inform resource management decisions (e.g., wastewater);
iii. To provide the basis for water quality objectives,
iv. To report to the public on the state of water quality and promote water stewardship.
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British Columbia Ministry of Environment. 2017. B.C. Source Drinking Water Quality Guidelines: Guideline
Summary. Water Quality Guideline Series, WQG-01. Prov. B.C., Victoria B.C.
MoE, B. C. (2006). British Columbia Approved Water Quality Guidelines. 2006 Edition. Science and Information Branch, Environment and Lands Division, Government of BC. Retrieved from http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.514.9676&rep=rep1&type=pdf