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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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Bow river phosphorus management plan

Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan

October 2012


What is the phosphorus management plan

What is the Phosphorus Management Plan?

Stakeholders volunteering

to manage phosphorus together


Bow river phosphorus management plan

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


Bow river phosphorus management plan

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).


Bow river phosphorus management plan

Regional Plans and Water Quality Frameworks


Bow river phosphorus management plan

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


Bow river phosphorus management plan

Water

Dissolved

Oxygen

Phosphorus

Photosynthesis

Death

Respiration

Bound

Dissolved

Respiration

Growth

Settling

Death

Diffusion

Growth

CBOD

Phosphorus

Dissolved

Bound

Sediment


Bow river phosphorus management plan

What do the monitoring results show?

Ice Cover

Mean Daily Load = 298 kg/d

Open Water

Mean Daily Load = 850 kg/d


Bow river phosphorus management plan

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


Bow river phosphorus management plan

The Phosphorus Management

Plan will include:

Strategies and actions

Technical and management tools

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting structures

Implementation roles, responsibilities and timelines


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Who’s involved?


Bow river phosphorus management plan team structure

Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan – Team Structure


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


How can you help

How can you help?


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