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Posted: September 28, 2020

B.C. responds to Montana’s selenium-level objective for Koocanusa

British Columbia intends to establish a selenium-level objective for Lake Koocanusa in its own good time, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy stated today.

The province has participated with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to establish a selenium-level objective for Lake Koocanusa, which straddles the border of B.C. and Montana.

On the basis of this work, the Montana DEQ has released a proposed selenium-level objective for Lake Koocanusa.

“British Columbia has not yet selected a proposed water-quality objective for selenium. B.C. is committed to a science-based process informed by the best data available,” the province said today (Sept. 28).

“A selenium-level target will only be established once B.C. is fully confident that the process has met this high standard and after seeking consensus with the Ktunaxa Nation Council on a recommended standard for selenium for this transboundary waterbody.”

Lead image: Lake Koocanusa Bridge southwest of Rexford, Montana. e-KNOW file photo

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