Location: West Kootenay, BC
Date: 2016 to present
Description: The purpose of baseline hydrologic studies is to characterize existing surface and ground water resources and to estimate the impact that a resource development may be expected to have on these systems. The main objectives of the baseline hydrology study are to:
Provide calibration data for the development of water balances and hydrologic regionalizations;
Evaluate seasonal and inter-annual patterns in surface water discharge (including intermittent/ephemeral streamflow);
Evaluate seasonal changes in groundwater flow patterns, groundwater levels, and groundwater quality;
Provide baseline information on the surface water resource for subsequent water quantity and water quality modeling and monitoring (i.e., dilution modeling, in-stream flow estimates, runoff modeling);
Provide baseline information on the extent, physical and chemical characteristics, uses, and potential of groundwater resources for subsequent water quantity and water quality impact prediction and monitoring;
Provide annual and event data for flow frequency analyses (i.e., low flow, peak flow); and
Outline measures to ensure groundwater resources are maintained for present and future uses.
It is important to collect the most accurate baseline data possible, and as such, KES uses accepted and standardized practices and procedures found in the most current version of the Manual of British Columbia Hydrometric Standards (RISC, 2009).