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Elk Valley Water Quality Plan Technical Reports

These reports are the result of ongoing research and monitoring of water quality and aquatic health as part of the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. They were prepared by professional scientists and represent the knowledge developed since 2014 when the Plan was approved. The reports have been reviewed by the Environmental Monitoring Committee and shared with regulators and the Ktunaxa Nation and are used to inform the ongoing implementation of the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan.

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Permit 107517 Annual Water Quality Monitoring Report, 2016 (March 31, 2017)

This report presents the 2016 results of the surface water monitoring program required under Permit 107517. The report summarizes environmental incidents (i.e., non-compliances) recorded in 2016, summarizes monitoring data for discharges and receiving environment water sampling sites set forth in Permit 107517, and provides an assessment of the data and associated recommendations, as appropriate.

This report was prepared by Teck.

Permit 107517 Annual Water Quality Monitoring Report, 2015 (March 31, 2016)

This report presents the 2015 results of the surface water monitoring program required under Permit 107517. The report summarizes environmental incidents (i.e., non-compliances) recorded in 2015, summarizes monitoring data for discharges and receiving environment water sampling sites set forth in Permit 107517, and provides an assessment of the data and associated recommendations, as appropriate.

This report was prepared by Teck.

Elk River Watershed Regional Aquatic Effects Monitoring Program (RAEMP) Report, 2015-2016

This report presents the results of monitoring undertaken in 2015-2016 to support the evaluation of aquatic ecosystems, per the Regional Aquatic Effects Monitoring Program (RAEMP). The objectives of the RAEMP are to assess effects of mine operations, separately and cumulatively, on the aquatic ecosystems within the Elk River watershed, monitor change over time, and assist in understanding whether management and mitigation actions are working as predicted.

This report was prepared for Teck by Minnow Environmental Inc.

Final Interpretive Report: Chronic Toxicity Testing of Nitrate and Sulphate to Support Permit Requirements, 2018

This report interprets and synthesizes two supplemental studies conducted by Teck in the Elk Valley: Nitrate Chronic Toxicity Study and Sulphate Chronic Toxicity Study. These studies were undertaken to better understand toxicity of nitrate and sulphate to biota that are considered to be representative organisms of the Elk Valley, including invertebrates, fish and amphibians.

This report was prepared for Teck by Golder Associates Ltd.

Interpretive Report: 2016 Chronic Toxicity Testing Program

This report presents the results of quarterly and semi-annual chronic toxicity tests undertaken in 2016 for Teck’s steelmaking coal mining operations in the Elk Valley. The report interprets results by evaluating correspondence between water chemistry and toxicological responses and identifies recommendations for revision or augmentation of planned future programs.

This report was prepared for Teck by Golder Associates Ltd.

Interpretive Report: 2015 Chronic Toxicity Program

This report presents the results of chronic toxicity studies undertaken in 2015 for Teck’s steelmaking coal mining operations in the Elk Valley. The report interprets results by evaluating correspondence between water chemistry and toxicological responses and identifies recommendations for revision or augmentation of planned future programs.

This report was prepared for Teck by Golder Associates Ltd.

Fording River Operations Local Aquatic Effects Monitoring Program (LAEMP) Report, 2016

This report describes the local aquatic effects monitoring program (LAEMP) being undertaken in relation to continued development of Fording River Operation (FRO) and future commissioning of an active water treatment facility that will be treating waters from Cataract, Swift and Kilmarnock creeks at FRO.

This report was prepared for Teck by Minnow Environmental Inc.

Koocanusa Reservoir Monitoring Report, 2014 to 2016

This report presents the results of a three-year monitoring study undertaken in the Canadian portion of the Koocanusa Reservoir, from 2014 to 2016. The study was implemented to characterize and compare chemical and biological conditions downstream from the Elk River compared to upstream.

This report was prepared for Teck by Minnow Environmental Inc.

Line Creek Local Aquatic Effects Monitoring Program (LAEMP), 2016

This report presents the 2016 results of the local aquatic effects monitoring program developed for Teck’s Line Creek Operations. The report presents the second year of data collection for the program, which monitors potential effects of the West Line Creek Active Water Treatment Facility on biological productivity and tissue selenium accumulation downstream of the facility.

This report was prepared for Teck by Minnow Environmental Inc.

Line Creek Local Aquatic Effects Monitoring Program (LAEMP), 2015

This report presents the 2015 results of the local aquatic effects monitoring program developed for Teck’s Line Creek Operations. The program monitors potential effects of the West Line Creek Active Water Treatment Facility on biological productivity and tissue selenium accumulation downstream of the facility.

This report was prepared for Teck by Minnow Environmental Inc.

Evaluation of selenium sensitivity of spotted sandpipers breeding in the Elk River watershed of southeastern British Columbia, 2013-2014 (February 2016)

This report presents the results of field observations undertaken in 2013-2014 of nesting spotted sandpipers in the Elk River watershed. The main objective of the study was to determine if there is an association between sandpiper egg hatchability and selenium concentrations.

This report was prepared for Teck by Minnow Environmental Inc.

Upper Fording River Westslope Cutthroat Trout Population Assessment and Telemetry Project, 2012-2015 (December 2016)

This report presents the results of a study of the Westslope Cutthroat Trout population in the Fording River watershed upstream of Josephine Falls, from 2012 to 2017. The purpose of this study was to determine the health, resilience and sustainability of the Westslope Cutthroat Trout population.

This report was prepared for Teck by Westslope Fisheries Ltd.

Upper Fording River Westslope Cutthroat Trout Population Monitoring Project, 2012-2017 (December 2017)

This report presents the 2017 recommendations for a long-term Westslope Cutthroat Trout Population monitoring strategy in the upper Fording River. The report addresses the recommendations from the Westslope Cutthroat Trout Population Assessment and Telemetry Project Report.

This report was prepared for Teck by Westslope Fisheries Ltd.

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