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Anoxic events are a common occurrence in Island estuaries during the summer months. The symp toms of an anoxic event include: milky white or green discolouration of the water, H 2 S or 'rotten turnip' odour, and low (near zero) dissolved oxygen readings. A list...
Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae blooms, are not common in PEI but can be a concern as some strains can produce toxins that are harmful to human or animal health. In PEI cyanobacteria can be found in shallow, warm, and slow moving or still water (including freshwater ponds). Under certain...
Hydrological approaches for Environmental Flow Guidelines in Prince Edward Island - Final Report
The Government of Prince Edward Island is funding research on environmental flows in the province over five years starting in 2016 that will inform decisions around water usage in the future. This is a significant piece of work that will determine the necessary quantity of water in streams to...
Surface water from nine rivers is sampled under the Pesticide Monitoring Program. At least three of the nine rivers are sampled each year for a selected number of pesticides. Stream water samples and sediment samples are collected once in July, twice in August (once during a normal/dry weather and...
The Department has developed a scoring system to report on water quality in watersheds, so that Islanders can see the general health of water and compare it to that of other PEI watersheds. , What is being reported on?, Each watershed is scored on: The groundwater nitrate concentration. The number...
The Water Extraction Permitting Policy is the prime instrument utilized by the Department to make decisions around the use of both surface water and groundwater. The policy provides for sustainable protection of the province’s water resources and aquatic habitat. It was implemented in 2010...
Each year people see things in streams, ponds and estuaries that cause concern, but this does not mean that the water is polluted. Often, there is a natural cause for these conditions. If you are concerned about water quality because of something you have seen, contact the Department at, (902) 368-...