Delta – Increasing Accessibility & Applications of Salinity Monitoring Data in Delta [dl13]
|Status||approved: Mar 2020 to Dec 2020|
|Project Lead||Delta Farmers Institute|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, City of Delta|
|Other Partners||producer cooperators|
This project will compile and share salinity monitoring data from the lower Fraser River through an accessible online resource, helping Delta producers make daily irrigation management decisions and enabling local organizations to monitor seasonal conditions and changes over time.
During periods of lower flows in the Fraser River, the salt wedge (where ocean water meets river water) moves further upstream, increasing the salinity levels of agricultural water drawn from the river. Climate change is increasing these effects and reducing the availability of the freshwater that producers rely on for crop production.
An earlier CAI project, which modeled future salinity levels, led to the installation of strategically located salinity monitoring stations in the lower Fraser River.
This project will:
- establish an online system for collating and sharing salinity data
- determine agricultural producers’ salinity information needs
- ensure operability and functionality of website and interface
- identify next steps and recommendations for ongoing maintenance and improvement of salinity data accessibility