water quality

water quality PROGRAM

In the fall of 2019 in response to the concerns about water quality in our local watersheds and planned development in the area, we began monitoring the water quality on a weekly basis for parameters that include Oxygen concentration, temperature, pH, conductivity, turbidity, nitrates and other chemicals in Mossom Creek and Schoolhouse Creek North. This program is now a part of our weekly Salmon Sunday work. In addition to regular water quality testing, we are participating in the Road Salt and Salmon study that will provide further insights into the health of Mossom Creek.

You are also welcome to visit us on our regular Salmon Sunday volunteer day between 11 am – 1:30 pm to learn more about the work we are doing and to join us in our water quality testing program.


Each Sunday we conduct water quality testing at Mossom Creek and Schoolhouse Creek North.

The parameters that we currently test are:

Oxygen concentration in mg/L and as percent saturation, water temperature, pH, conductivity, TDS or total dissolved solids, turbidity, ammonia, nitrates and phosphates.

If you are interested in understanding the importance of each of these parameters, you can review this document: Water Quality Parameters.

Mossom Creek uploads all of our data from our Water Quality Testing Program to Pacific DataStream. You can view the data we collect here.

Pacific DataStream is an open access platform for sharing information on freshwater health. When released, Pacific DataStream allows users to access, visualize, and download full water quality datasets collected by monitoring groups throughout British Columbia and the Yukon.

BIMES 2023 AGM Water Quality Report (pdf, click to download)

Jennifer Madoc-Jones, Water Quality Manager

Jennifer Madoc-Jones, Water Quality Manager

Jen started volunteering with Mossom Creek Hatchery in 2014. With a B.Sc. in Biochemistry, it was only natural that she launched our Water Quality Testing Program in 2019.