November 2016

Vulnerability Assessments for Groundwater Dependent Streams Webinar

Organized by DEGIRS

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Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM: DEGIRS Webinar - Vulnerability Assessments
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Mary Ann Middleton, PhD, GIT, Hydrogeological Consultant

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Vulnerability Assessments for Groundwater Dependent Streams. DEGIRS is hosting a webinar on Vulnerability Assessments for Groundwater Dependent Streams on November 24, 2016 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM. The newly developed Vulnerability Assessment for Groundwater Dependent Streams is a three level approach to assessing groundwater-stream systems, which will be covered in this webinar.

Vulnerability Assessment for Groundwater Dependent Streams is a multi-step, risk-based approach aimed at evaluating the vulnerability of a groundwater dependent stream to changes in the groundwater system and uses publically available data for the assessments. There is a particular emphasis on the summer low flow period, because it is during this time that streams are most sensitive to changes in the groundwater system; however, the methodology in principle can be used to assess stream vulnerability year round. Vulnerability assessment can be incorporated into a risk assessment/risk management framework, to include indicators relevant to groundwater dependent streams and how these indicators may be used to inform decision making.

In many streams in British Columbia (BC), stream flow is sustained by groundwater inputs (baseflow) during the annual summer low flow period and, as a result, such “groundwater dependent streams” can be sensitive to changes in groundwater fluxes during this period.  For jurisdictions like British Columbia, which for the first time will be licensing groundwater under the new Water Sustainability Act (Bill 18: WSA, 2014) consideration of the impacts to streams due to groundwater pumping is of critical importance.

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