Development of Benthic Monitoring Methods for the Columbia River

Scope of Services:

Field and analytical methods were developed and tested for routine use as standard techniques for monitoring of benthic communities in the Columbia River for water licence requirements. The protocol was a starting point for eventual analysis of the effect of change in water release strategies from the Revelstoke Canyon Dam and from the Hugh Keenlyside Dam on downstream biota and indices of ecosystem health. Methods developed in this project remain in effect as the standard for water license requirements monitoring in the Middle and Lower Columbia Rivers and the Peace River.

Relevance of the Project:

Work developed standard methods of water monitoring in large rivers having BC Hydro power generation facilities. The methods remain in effect for monitoring that is required for water licence requirements.