Citizens Guide to Environmental Investigation and Private Prosecution


Appendix E  –  Example of a violation table

Standards
Your results
Sample
35955
35955
35955
Date
99/1/20
99/1/20
99/1/20
Sample ID
EBI-RR-1
EBI-RR-1
EBI-RR-1
PWQOs*   (mg/L)
CWQG**   (mg/L)
Upstream
Effluent
Downstream
Aluminum
0.015-0.075
0.005-0.1
0.062
0.094
0.076
Arsenic
0.005
0.05
0.003
0.66
0.074
Cadmium
0.0002
0.0002-0.0018
not detected
not detected
not detected
Cobalt
0.0006
0.05
not detected
3.2
0.06
Copper
0.001-0.005
0.002-0.004
not detected
0.12
0.001

* PWQOs stands for Provincial Water Quality Objectives.
** CWQG stands for Canadian Water Quality Guidelines.

This table clearly indicates the contaminants tested, the associated guidelines, the date the samples were taken, the field or laboratory sample identifications, and the concentrations at the different locations. The figures in red show when the guidelines and objectives were clearly exceeded. The aluminum concentrations may or may not exceed the objectives and guidelines. A map indicating the location where you took each sample would complement this table.

You can create similar tables for sediments and soils, depending on the type of sampling you are conducting.

You may also include any bioassay tests to indicate whether the samples you took were toxic.

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