Primary Metals and Criteria for Water use in the Columbia River, British Columbia

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by L. John Zeman, IPB, North Vancouver, Canada,
H. Olav Slaymaker, IPB, North Vancouver, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives

Abstract: We assessed primarily concentrations of lead, cadmium, copper, zinc and water hardness in the Columbia River between Birchbank and Waneta. Water quality in this reach of the river is affected by discharges from municipal treatment plants and particularly Cominco Limited's lead-zinc smelter and fertilizer complex. Special emphasis was given to the comparison of lead concentrations with hardness-related Canadian Water Quality Guidelines, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency criteria recommended for the protection of aquatic life.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Water pollution | Water discharge | Metals (chemical) | Water use | Rivers and streams | River bank stabilization | Lead (chemical) | Municipal water | Water treatment plants | Water chemistry | North America | British Columbia | Canada | United States

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