EMS is the BC Ministry of Environment's primary monitoring data repository. The system was designed to capture data covering physical/chemical and biological analyses performed on water, air, solid waste discharges and ambient monitoring sites throughout the province.
It also contains related quality assurance data. Samples are collected by either ministry staff or permittees under the Environmental Management Act and then analyzed in public or private sector laboratories. The majority of such monitoring data is entered into EMS electronically via Electronic Data Transfer (EDT).
EMS data is typically available in formatted hard copy reports or electronically in comma delimited (e.g., .csv) files as:
Monitoring location-related data,
Sample and results-related data.
Direct access to EMS is restricted to ministry staff, however public access is available upon request through EMS Web Reporting (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/emswr/).
EMS WR is an internet application that allows users to access information stored in the EMS database. The database is essentially an electronic information warehouse that includes: Physical, chemical, and biological test results for analyses performed on air, water, solid waste discharge, and ambient monitoring locations throughout B.C.
Drinking water test results on samples collected by water purveyors and health authorities.
External data requests should be directed to regional ministry staff (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/main/regions.html) or to the EMS help desk in Victoria (Email: EMSHELP@gov.bc.ca).