The District will undertake the following detailed steps to achieve
Project Start-Up & Baseline
- Host a meeting with the District and Consultant Team to
initiate the project.
- Compile all available aquifer data including provincial
water well database information.
- Develop a conceptual hydrogeological model to better understand
the aquifer's characteristics.
- Conduct field inventory of well information to verify
the conceptual model's input data.
- Prepare a gap analysis to identify missing hydrogeological
data and the risks associated with proceeding without this
Determine the Groundwater Protection
Through additional field work and modeling, the extent of
the groundwater protection area will be defined.
- A risk analysis will be developed based on the existing
well and groundwater data, and potential sources of contamination
associated with local land uses. Potential contaminants
will be identified to be used to develop protection strategies.
Groundwater Protection Strategy,
Contingency Plans, Monitoring and Evaluation Plans
Four plans will be prepared:
- The GPP
- Contingency Plans to prepare for the possibility of a
spill, disruption of water supply, or other emergency
- Monitoring plan for groundwater quality
- Evaluation plan to test the effectiveness of the GPP
- District requirements for future water supply will be
- Recommendations will be made regarding the potential for
drawing additional water from the Athalmer Aquifer and will
be based on modelling completed in Phase 2.
Groundwater Protection Plan -
The District is considering a number of general groundwater protection
measures and specific actions for the four highest priority risk
areas identified in the Groundwater Protection Plan. They include:
The next steps of the Groundwater Protection Plan will including developing
a Contingency Plan and a Monitoring Plan.
- Improve the security of the existing and potential future wellheads
by: limiting site access; installing secure well caps; banning
the use of herbicides near the well heads; regarding the surface
around the wells to improve drainage; and requiring that nay new
well drilled within the DOI comply with the B.C.
Groundwater Protection Regulation.
- Designate a formal groundwater protection area.
- Conduct a detailed well inventory/survey in the areas closest
to the current Athalmer well and future well location to identify
vulnerable wells and wells that do not comply with the GPP.
- Conduct a survey of businesses in designated Groundwater Protection
Area to identify the type of activity, type and volume of chemicals
used, chemical storage conditions and chemical disposal methods
on these properties.
- Approach relevant local businesses to inform them of the DOI's
ongoing groundwater protection planning efforts and request access
to the results of environmental site assessments and on-going
- Inform Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) of the ongoing groundwater
protection planning efforts and identify ways to work together
to mitigate any risks the railway may pose to groundwater quality
within the groundwater protection area.
- Assess current stormwater controls within the designated groundwater
protection area to provide enhancement to the existing stormwater
controls if required.
- Implement a hazardous waste collection program within the designated
groundwater protection area to help limit the presence of potential
contaminants in the stormwater runoff.
- Prepare specific policies to ensure the development review process
includes careful consideration of proposed new development in
the groundwater protection area.
- Implement a public education plan to provide information in
the overall groundwater protection plan and best management practices
for various land uses.
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