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Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan : taking action to manage phosphorus together

Description

Heightened nutrient levels in the Bow River downstream of Calgary have long been a concern. In the 1970s and 1980s, high nutrient levels resulted in excessive aquatic plant growth resulting in low dissolved oxygen and occasional fish mortality. An interim policy on effluent limits was released by Alberta Environment in 2008. This policy required that a regional nutrient load reduction plan be developed for reaches at risk of exceeding water quality guidelines. At the same time the Government of Alberta was transitioning to an environmental management approach that addresses the cumulative effects of resource management decisions and considers the environmental, economic and social implications of development for an entire region. In 2011, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) invited contributing parties in the affected reach of the Bow River to initiate a voluntary, collaborative process to address phosphorus loadings, not just from point sources such as the wastewater treatment plants, but from non-point sources as well. The Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan (BRPMP) is a strategic plan to address sources of phosphorus in the middle reach of the Bow River between the Bearspaw and Bassano Dams. It is the culmination of work by contributing parties from government and non-government, urban and rural sectors, and a wider constituency of subject matter experts who contributed on task teams to define the issue, establish goals and objectives, and recommend strategies and actions to manage phosphorus in the Bow River. The BRPMP seeks to enable management actions to meet social, economic and environmental outcomes now and into the future. This is a proactive, place-based, knowledge-driven and adaptive plan with collective action by, and accountability of, contributing parties.

Updated

April 4, 2014

Tags
Bow River Area Water management Water quality

Title and publication information

Type
Policy
Extent

49 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Resource Dates

Date Created

2014-04-04

Date Added

2015-07-08T20:31:12.800673

Date Modified

2014-04-04

Date Issued

2014-04-04

Audience information

Identifiers

NEOS catalogue key

6804006

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Contact

Contact Name

Environment and Sustainable Resource Development