June 2015

APEGBC Sea to Sky Branch Dinner & Technical Presentation: "Determining Beach Use/Swimming Advisories - Metro Vancouver's Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program"

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. For more information and space availability, please contact [email protected] Thank you!
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Holiday Inn & Suites, 700 Old Lillooet Road North Vancouver, BC

Andjela Knezevic-Stevanovic, P.Eng.
Director of Environmental Management and Quality Control (EMQC) in Liquid Waste Services at Metro Vancouver. 

Farida Bishay, R.P.Bio.
Superintendent of Environmental Monitoring in the EMQC Division at Metro Vancouver.

Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $30 each for members and guests who register online.
$40 each for members and guests who register at the door.
$25 for EITs or GITs who register online or at the door.
$20 for student members of APEGBC who register online or at the door.

Door registration pending space available.
Cash bar service will be available during social networking and dinner. Please note that you will need cash for any purchase at the bar. Thank you.
You and your guests are invited to attend the Sea to Sky Branch Dinner & Technical Presentation on "Metro Vancouver Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program".

Metro Vancouver monitors the bacteriological quality of local recreational waters (both bathing/swimming and non-bathing beaches) on a weekly basis throughout the beach season from May to September. The Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program has been in place for over 50 years.  At present, there are 116 sampling sites at 41 beach locations in the Metro Vancouver region.

Escherichia coli bacteria are used as an indicator of fecal contamination to determine the safety of recreational waters for recreational activities such as swimming, windsurfing, water skiing, boating and fishing.  Fecal contamination of recreational waters can increase the risk of swimming-associated gastrointestinal illness.

The weekly results are forwarded to the Health Authorities and Beach Operators. The local Health Authorities set the monitoring requirements, and have the overall responsibility to determine whether recreational water is safe for public use, and as a result determine the need to post a beach use advisory at a given beach. Guidelines for recreational waters are outlined in a Health Canada document titled “Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality” and in a summary document “Water Quality Criteria for Microbiological Indicators” by the BC Ministry of Environment.

In 2014, the bacteriological water quality for primary-contact recreation was met for most of the bathing beaches in the lower mainland from May through September.  The exceptions included Old Orchard Park, five beaches located in West Vancouver and Sunset Beach where swimming advisories were posted.  Additional swimming advisories were also posted at Bedwell Bay and Barnet Marine Park after the occurrence of single sample elevated counts.  In any given year, any given beach may exceed guidelines, but in 2014 the extent and duration was unusual. 

During this technical presentation, the Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program will be described, and results from 2014 will be reviewed in the context of historical results.  Metro Vancouver’s response procedures will also be discussed.

5:30 - 6:00 pm Registration. Social networking. Cash Bar (Please bring cash for drinks!)
6:00 - 6:15 pm Announcements. Introductions.
6:15 - 7:00 pm BBQ buffet dinner. Dessert, coffee and tea. Cash Bar.
7:00 - 8:15 pm Speaker’s Presentation.
8:15 - 8:45 pm Questions and answers. Discussion.
8:45 - 9:00 pm Closure.

Andjela Knezevic-Stevanovic, P.Eng., is the Director of Environmental Management and Quality Control (EMQC) in Liquid Waste Services at Metro Vancouver.  She leads a group of engineers, scientists and technicians responsible for environmental management, environmental monitoring, and wastewater treatment process and chemistry laboratory services.

Farida Bishay, R.P.Bio., is the Superintendent of Environmental Monitoring in the EMQC Division at Metro Vancouver. She is responsible for the Receiving Environment Monitoring Program for Metro Vancouver’s five wastewater treatment plant outfalls, which includes the Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program.

To help us predict our catering needs, please register prior to  June 23, 2015.
Due to space limitations, on-line registrations will be limited to the first 80.

For more information on this event, please contact the event organizer and Sea to Sky Branch Chair, Mamoud Bashi, P.Eng. at [email protected].

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