Water quality has been monitored in Stoney Creek since 1998 to help identify sources of stream pollution, as well as evaluate changes in the creek’s water quality over time. This activity takes place year-round. Samples are collected at key locations or set stations by individuals on a regular basis and analyzed for physical and chemical parameters back at the Jennifer Atchison Environment Centre.
As salt contamination has been an issue of concern in Stoney Creek, we correlated our measurements with the water’s salt content, which results from road salt storage and use at SFU.See the recent reports on Road Salt and Salmon.
We are also in the early stages of bringing a data-logger online which will allow us to monitor the water quality at a set location on a continual basis!
With success, we hope to bring in additional data-loggers to provide coverage of key areas on the creek and its tributaries.