Canadian Council of Ministers
of the Environment

Le Conseil canadien des ministres
de l'environnement

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Nutrients

Water Quality for the Protection of Aquatic Life

Further documentation on these guidelines can be found in the Canadian Environment Quality Guidelines.
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Freshwater

Short Term Concentration (μg/L)

No data

Long Term Concentration (μg/L)

Guidance Framework

Canadian Guidance Framework for Phosphorus is for developing phosphorus guidelines ( does not provide guidance on other freshwater nutrients). It provides Trigger Ranges for Total Phosphorus ( µg/L) (see Guidance Framework for Phosphorus factsheet): 

ultra-oligotrophic

oligotrophic 4-10

mesotrophic 10-20

meso-eutrophic 20-35

eutrophic 35-100

hyper-eutrophic >100

Date

2004

Marine

Short Term Concentration (μg/L)

No data

Long Term Concentration (μg/L)

Guidance framework

Supporting documents are available from the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment at
http://www.ccme.ca/publications/ceqg_rcqe.html?category_id=125

The Canadian Guidance Framework for the Management of Nearshore Marine Systems is for developing nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) guidelines for nearshore marine systems. Refer to factsheet for details.

Date

2007

Water Quality for the Protection of Agriculture

Irrigation

Concentration (μg/L)

No data

Date

No data

Livestock

Concentration (μg/L)

No data

Date

No data

Sediment Quality for the Protection of Aquatic Life

Freshwater

Concentration (μg/kg dry weight) - ISQG

No data

Concentration (μg/kg dry weight) - PEL

No data

Date

No data

Marine

Concentration (μg/kg dry weight) - ISQG

No data

Concentration (μg/kg dry weight) - PEL

No data

Date

No data

Soil Quality for the Protection of Environmental and Human Health

Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Agricultural

No data

Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Residential / parkland

No data

Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Commercial

No data

Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Industrial

No data

Date

No data

Tissue Residue Quality for the Protection of Widlife Consumer of Aquatic Biota

Concentration (µg/kg diet wet weight)

No data

Date

No data