Fact Sheets

Sediment Delivery in Managed Forest Streams of British Columbia

 Natural soil erosion contributes sediment to streams, but a variety of human activities (i.e., urbanization, agriculture, forestry, mining) can also increase sediment contributions. Sediment is considered a pollutant in streams and rivers and is regulated by federal and provincial laws. Sediment can affect water quality leading to higher costs of water treatment for human consumption. Fish, macroinvertebrates, and other aquatic biota can also be negatively affected by elevated sediment concentrations.