Defining valued ecosystem components

Valued ecosystem components (VEC’s) are things that people value in an aquatic ecosystem. VEC’s might include fish populations, quality of water for drinking, recreation, production of fish food organisms, First Nations heritage values, etc. Limnotek considers potential VEC’s in discussion with clients engaged in resource developments that require consideration of multiple water uses as part of permitting. The selection of VEC’s lays the groundwork for what must be examined in assessment of potential change to an aquatic ecosystem, mitigation, and compensation plans that can be part of resource developments.

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