Assessment of Groundwater Impacts to a Peatland from a Surface Water Diversion

Project: Client was proposing capture of surface water runoff from an area with primarily organic soil (peat) for industrial use at an energy project in northeastern British Columbia. A regulatory review committee had responded with questions regarding potential interactions with groundwater.

Services: Met with the lead water resources engineer to understand the project, proposed diversion, and reviewers’ concerns. Provided technical advice regarding theoretical hydraulic conductivity, water storage, and discharge potentials of peat. Proposed a basic shallow groundwater/water-table monitoring program to assess groundwater flow direction and potential changes in groundwater levels within the peat due to water diversion.