Camosun Bog Water Quality

CAMOSUN BOG WATER QUALITY

In 2020 the first group to be awarded a George Ross Legacy Stewardship Small Grant Program is conducting a study to determine the water quality of Camosun Bog at Pacific Spirit Regional Park. This project is conducted in partnership with the Camosun Bog Restoration Group (CBRG) and the Pacific Spirit Park Society (PSPS) to test groundwater chemistry in the bog.

HOW WILL THIS PROJECT BE CONDUCTED?

The group of students and volunteers will build upon the current PSPS groundwater chemistry monitoring program by providing analytical testing of key nutrients: ammonia and phosphate. The aims of this study are to provide accuracy assessments of nutrient field test kits, serve as a record of nutrient levels in the bog to determine sources of nutrient flow, and provide a report in combination with past data to mitigate nutrient impacts from potential restoration projects.

WHY IS THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT?

Camosun Bog is one of the few remaining bog ecosystems in the Lower Mainland but has been previously impacted by urban development and land drainage from surrounding neighbourhoods. Camosun Bog is currently under threat due to the possibility of nutrients flowing into it from the nearby placement of inorganic construction fill, and due to lower than average groundwater levels from past installment of storm ditches and sewers along its perimeter.

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