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Metal Mining Technical Guidance for Environmental Effects Monitoring

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms

Chapter 1: Overview of the Metal Mining Environmental Effects Monitoring Program

Chapter 2: Study Design, Site Characterization and General Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Chapter 3: Effects on Fish and Fisheries Resources

Chapter 4: Effects on Fish Habitat: Benthic Invertebrate Community Survey

Chapter 5: Effluent Characterization and Water Quality Monitoring

Chapter 6: Sublethal Toxicity Testing

Chapter 7: Sediment Monitoring

Chapter 8: Data Assessment and Interpretation

Chapter 9: Alternative Monitoring Methods

Chapter 10: Information Management and Interpretative Reports

Chapter 11: Public Involvement in Metal Mining Environmental Effects Monitoring

Chapter 12: Investigation of Cause

Chapter 13: Report on Historical Information


The objective of this document is to provide guidance to mines on how to meet the environmental effects monitoring regulatory requirements under the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER). This is not a legal interpretation of the MMER. For the Regulations, refer to the MMER.


The National Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) Office would like to thank the many people who contributed to the updating of this technical guidance document. The content was greatly improved by contributions from the members of the EEM National Team and Science Committee. The quality of the document was vastly improved through the efforts of Environment Canada’s editing team and individual members of the National EEM Office.

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