BC Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Sites

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Published by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy - Water Protection and Sustainability
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The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) program is used to assess the ecological health of wadeable streams by using data from a wide range of sites that are minimally impacted by humans to establish the natural variability of healthy benthic invertebrate communities within a large watershed. The data collected at these sites (known as “potential reference”) are used to build CABIN models, which can be used to evaluate the aquatic health at sites where there are concerns with the aquatic ecosystem (known as “test sites”). The differences between the benthic macroinvertebrates at the test site compared with the range of conditions found at similar reference sites provides information about the level of impacts within a watershed. Once the sites have been incorporated into a CABIN model, and the model has been approved by ECCC, the site designation is changed from “potential reference” to “reference”.

This dataset is comprised of all CABIN sites in BC sampled by the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Environment and Climate Change Canada. The data has been clipped to only include BC and formatted for use with the BC government applications. More information and source data is available here: https://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/13564ca4-e330-40a5-9521-bfb1be767147

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information

Contact Information

NameJolene Raggett (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Sub-OrganizationWater Protection and Sustainability
NameChris Ens (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationRegional Operations - Thompson Okanagan

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Not downloadable

Metadata Information

Record Published 2020-05-28
Record Last Modified 2021-01-12
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description


Comments: The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) is an aquatic biomonitoring program for assessing the health of fresh water ecosystems in Canada. Benthic macroinvertebrates are collected at a site (point) location and their counts are used as an indicator of the health of that water body. This is a point feature dataset

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
ENV_CB_SYSID ENV_CB_SYD NUMBER 10 ENV_CB_SYSID is a system generated unique identification number.
STUDY STUDY VARCHAR2 50 The name of the bioassessment study, e.g., BC MOE-FSP Skeena Region.
SITE_CODE SITE VARCHAR2 15 The code for the CABIN site, e.g., PRG02, LHAF23.
SITE_NAME SITE_NM VARCHAR2 50 The name of the site or stream, e.g, Carp Lake Trib 1, FREP 17.
SITE_DESCRIPTION SITE_DESC VARCHAR2 900 The description and general characteristics of the site.
LOCAL_BASIN_NAME L_BASIN_NM VARCHAR2 50 The name of basin of the watershed, e.g., Williston Lake, Upper Peace.
STREAM_ORDER STREAM_ORD NUMBER 1 A numeric value representing the order of a stream in a watershed hierarchy at 50K scale, e.g., 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
ENVIRODAT_OR_EMS ENVDAT_CD VARCHAR2 20 The alternate site identifier either as Environment and Climate Change Canada's (ECCC) envirodat code of BC ENV's EMS number, e.g., E263626, E295011.
PROTOCOL PROTOCOL VARCHAR2 50 The protocol used for the CABIN sampling, e.g., CABIN - Wadeable Streams
STATUS STATUS VARCHAR2 30 The status of the bioassessment, e.g., Reference, Potential Reference, Test.
SAMPLE_DATE DATE VARCHAR2 12 The date the sample was collected.
SAMPLE_YEAR YEAR NUMBER 4 The year the sample was collected.
SAMPLE_AUTHORITY AUTHORITY VARCHAR2 25 The agency that collected the sample, e.g., Provincial, Federal, Federal-Parks
LATITUDE LATITUDE NUMBER 8 The geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (dd.dddddd), of the location of the site as measured from the equator, e.g., 55.323653.
LONGITUDE LONGITUDE NUMBER 9 The geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (-ddd.dddddd), of the location of the site as measured from the prime meridian, e.g., -123.093544.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.