2024 LEPS Initiative for Water Quality Improvement Project

Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) continues to host the Community Collaboration Towards Water Quality Improvement Project. This project provides Langley’s rural property owners with information, support, and tools to reduce pollution and bacterial coliforms in freshwater ecosystems, while keeping their properties in abidance with regulations in the BC Agriculture Environmental Management Code of Practice (AEM Code). This initiative strives to foster collaborative watershed management and pollution control, ultimately leading to cleaner water in Canadian freshwater resources.

The inspiration behind this initiative came from elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria detected through water sampling efforts in the Nooksack tributaries. These same coliform issues can found in other watershed in Langley such as: Nathan Creek, West Creek, Salmon River, Nicomekl River, Little Campbell River, and Bertrand Creek. Originating from the intestines of warm-blooded animals, these bacteria find their way into water sources through various human activities, such as inadequately maintained septic systems and inefficient nutrient management. The repercussions of high fecal coliform levels are far-reaching, impacting water and soil quality, animal health, and even the safety of drinking water.

During the life of this project, LEPS will be hosting a series of free webinars on topics like nutrient management, manure composting, septic system maintenance, and freshwater habitat management. Join us for insightful presentations on agricultural best land management practices. These webinars will not only broaden your understanding of non-point source pollution but also empower you to implement positive changes in on-farm environmental management. Keep an eye on our calendar or social media for information on the latest webinars or visit our YouTube to view our catalog of previously recorded webinars.

As part of this initiative, we are also offering free, confidential site consultations where participants can receive free manure tarps and native plants. Our on-farm site consultations offer personalized support and advice to improve your current practices. Use our free native plants to restore riparian areas and tarps to cover manure piles. Let’s work together to benefit water quality in Langley while enhancing the beauty of your property.

We warmly invite you to join us in realizing the project’s overarching goal of creating a cleaner and more sustainable Langley. For those seeking further information, with questions, or wanting to share their thoughts, please do not hesitate to contact us. Stay informed about LEPS initiatives through our various communication channels, including our monthly newsletter.

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Funding provided by: Environment and Climate Change Canada – EcoAction