Water Bodies (WB)
The portion of significant water bodies (rivers, lakes, wetlands) at risk of, or experiencing direct or indirect disturbance, discharge, or degradation within the Project Footprint, Project Impact Footprint, or downstream of the mine. Downstream calculations can run ad infinitum. This portion of the calculation is meant to reflect the sustained damage within a reasonable periphery of a mine. In some instances, this may cover may tens, or even hundreds of kilometres; in other case it may be confined within a smaller area. Calculate the average width of the river or stream by its length to obtain its area in hectares.
- Units: hectares (ha)