Coldstream Creek Water Quality and Land Use Assessment Project Phase 2

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Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake

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The purpose of this study was to understand how land use along Coldstream Creek in the valley bottom is impacting the creek’s water quality and ultimately the quality of the community of Vernon’s drinking water.

The project’s objectives were to provide regulators with information to support vulnerability mapping, map low, medium and highly impacted areas along the creek, to educate the public on land use impacts and provide work experience for volunteers. The deliverables consisted of the following:

  • Project update memos, which were provided after each sampling event which summarize the results and if changes in scope are required based on interim results;
  • A project summary report completed after the three
    sampling rounds. The report included: an introduction, study objectives, method, results of the project (presented in tables, figures, charts and maps), conclusions and recommendations;
  • A summary presentation of the project results to the stakeholder agencies i.e. District of Coldstream (DoC), Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO). Further, similar to Phase I, digital water quality data is shared with RDNO and MoE. Shape files from the mapping deliverables are shared with RDNO and DoC.; and
  • Sharing the project summary report with the public by posting it to the SPrKL website (

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