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Leachate generation from biomass operations: a subproject of the Woody Biomass Innovative Project

Author(s) or contact(s): J. Rex, S. Dube, and S. Berch
Source: Forests, Lands, and NR Operations
Subject: Socio-Economics
Series: Technical Report
Other details:  Published 2014. Hardcopy is available.


As part of the Woody Biomass Innovative Project, which proposes to assess future bioenergy potential for British Columbia, a study was conducted to assess wood biomass leachate effect on water quality. The study aims to provide guidance for policy development related to biomass operations and their leachates. To that end, we examined the impacts of roadside chipping with respect to the amount of leachate generated, aquatic toxicity, and connectivity between post-biomass processing wood residue piles and streams in central interior British Columbia. Best practice considerations specific to on-site processing, road networks, soils, and riparian zones are provided based on field assessments of biomass sites, consultation with biomass processors, and a review of management practices in other jurisdictions.

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Updated October 07, 2014