Elk Valley Water Quality Plan

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Published by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation - Mineral Titles
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

The Elk Valley Area Based Management Plan (ABMP) - “Elk Valley Water Quality Plan” was developed according to Ministerial Order No. 113 to remediate water quality effects of past coal mining and to guide future development.

The Elk Valley Water Quality Plan was developed by Teck with input from the public, First Nations, governments, technical experts and other stakeholders. The purpose of the Plan is to identify a strategy and implement solutions to address increasing selenium and nitrate water concentrations within the Valley, and assess and track levels of cadmium and sulphate in waters; while at the same time allowing for continued sustainable mining in the Valley. The Plan also lays out a strategy to address calcite formation associated with historical and current mining activity.

The Plan was submitted to the British Columbia Minister of Environment for approval on July 22, 2014. More information about the development of the Plan, including consultation materials, summaries and reports, can be found at www.teck.com/ElkValley.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

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

Additional Information


This ABMP is a plan to stabilize and reverse concentrations of selenium, cadmium, nitrate and sulphate in the Fording and Elk Rivers and the rate of formation of calcite in the designated area.

The ABMP was developed with the following objectives and outcomes for the designated area: Protection of the aquatic ecosystem health, Management of bioaccumulation of contaminants in the receiving environment, Protection of human health, and Protection of groundwater.

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Contact Information

NameKaren Samuelson (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation
Sub-OrganizationMineral Titles

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2019-07-26
Record Last Modified 2020-11-03
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: EVWQP

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
ABMP_EV_SYSID EVWQP_SID NUMBER 10 Is a system generated unique identification number
MINISTERIAL_ORDER_NUMBER MIN_ORD_NU VARCHAR2 50 Identifies the ministerial order number, e.g., M 113.
ORDER_NAME ORDER_NUM VARCHAR2 100 Is the name of an area based management plan, e.g., Elk Valley Area Based Management Plan.
ORDER_ISSUE_DATE ISSUE_DT DATE 7 Is the date the order was issued.
ORDER_APPROVAL_DATE APPROVL_DT DATE 7 Is the date the order was approved.
ADVISORY ADVISORY VARCHAR2 254 Is a comment that provides advice, caveats, etc. on the use or interpretation of this record.
PLAN_LINK PLAN_LINK VARCHAR2 254 Is a web link plan.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 Is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters.
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 Is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 64 Iis the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 Iis 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 Is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.