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Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan. October 2012. What is the Phosphorus Management Plan?. Stakeholders volunteering to manage phosphorus together. Too much phosphorus…is not a good thing. Macrophytes on the Bow River. Why now ?. Long-term solutions needed

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what is the phosphorus management plan
What is the Phosphorus Management Plan?

Stakeholders volunteering

to manage phosphorus together

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Too much phosphorus…is not a good thing

Macrophytes on the Bow River

why now
Whynow?
  • Long-term solutions needed
  • Continued population pressure
  • Cumulative effects management
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How will this Phosphorus Management Plan link to watershed management planning of the Bow River Basin Council?

The Bow Basin Watershed Management Plan established watershed outcomes (qualitative) and water quality objectives (quantitative).

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Bow River Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Sites (5)

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-Upper site at Banff is monitored by Environment Canada; 4 lower sites monitored by ESRD

why this reach
Why this reach?
  • Land use pressure
  • Increasing population pressure
  • Significant P inputs from multiple sources
  • Primary concern of multiple stakeholders
  • Water quality model available
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Water

Dissolved

Oxygen

Phosphorus

Photosynthesis

Death

Respiration

Bound

Dissolved

Respiration

Growth

Settling

Death

Diffusion

Growth

CBOD

Phosphorus

Dissolved

Bound

Sediment

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What do the monitoring results show?

Ice Cover

Mean Daily Load = 298 kg/d

Open Water

Mean Daily Load = 850 kg/d

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Bow River

Phosphorus Management Plan

Vision:

Phosphorus levels in the Bow will be managed within a range that meets the needs of its stakeholders and provides a healthy aquatic ecosystem

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Objectives:

Accommodate future growth & development and meet water quality objective

Create a plan for collective action, accountability and responsibility for all the stakeholders (point and non-point sources)

Enable management actions to meet social, economic and environmental outcomes

Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan
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The Phosphorus Management

Plan will include:

Strategies and actions

Technical and management tools

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting structures

Implementation roles, responsibilities and timelines

what does successful implementation look like
What does successful implementation look like?
  • Excess phosphorus doesn’t reach the water
  • Water quality is improved for everyone’s use
  • Beneficial management practices are being used
  • Stakeholders are working together to solve the problem
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