Ministry of Agriculture & Lands
Agriculture is exposed to hazards in this province.
Click on the following hazards to find out more information.
- Risk Management Tools For Agriculture
- Animal Disease Emergency Support (FADES)
- Drought Management
- Fire Management
- Flood Management
- Livestock Evacuation
- Mass Livestock Carcass Disposal
- Plant Disease Management
Major BC incidents
- Lemon Creek Jet A-1 Fuel Spill
The Ministry of Agriculture was part of the response team to a July 26, 2013 accident which resulted in jet fuel being spilled into Lemon Creek in the West Kootenay. The Ministry’s role was to evaluate the impact the spill had on agricultural land and crops in the area of the accident and the creek.
The Ministry of Agriculture received the results of soil and crop tissue tests conducted at 8 farms and two residential properties in the area. These samples were collected as part of the assessment program of agricultural land by SNC Lavalin-Environment – the onsite qualified professionals engaged to sample water, soil and crops. The sampling plan was created in conjunction with Kootenay Organic Growers Society and the Ministry of Agriculture.
The results of the soil analysis meet the standards set out by regulatory agencies for use of the soil for agricultural purposes. Results of crop tissue analysis indicated no contamination from Aviation Fuel Jet A-1. Results of the soil and crop tissue tests have been communicated to individual farms by the Ministry of Agriculture.