Results* from water samples collected in April are now available from 5/14 (above: bold italics) of the current InFORM sampling locations. While our expectations are that the plume would first appear in samples from the southern outer coast of Vancouver Island, the new data from other regions does not yet have any measureable 134Cs, the fingerprint of the Fukushima plume due to its short ~2 year half-life. Continue reading June 2015 InFORMal Monitoring Update
Results* from March are now available from 10/12 of the current InFORM sampling locations. Recent samples from Sandspit and Bella Bella are still being processed and data shown are from February. After the positive measurement of Fukushima-derived 134Cs radiation in February at Ucluelet, we expected this signal to spread in samples collected in March. Instead, there is no detectable 134Cs (detection limit ~0.2 Bq m-3) in any of the March samples. Continue reading May 2015 InFORMal Monitoring Update
Results* from early February and March are now available from 10/13 of the InFORM sampling locations. Recent samples from Bamfield, Vancouver, and Powell River are still being processed. To date, no InFORM coastal samples have detectable (detection limit ~0.2 Bq m-3) levels of 134Cs, the radionuclide that is the fingerprint of Fukushima derived radiation due to its short half life (~2 years). An interesting note is that the February Tofino sample was collected on the 7th, just 12 days before the ORO sample collected in Ucluelet that was the first to contain measureable 134Cs. Continue reading April 2015 InFORMal Monitoring Update
Forty water samples have been collected between October 2014 and March 2015 from 13 communities along the British Columbia coast. Results* from 19 samples are currently available.