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SuperDARN Radar Sites (148524)
Proposal Status: Closed w/o Conformity Determination
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Randi Strunk
Company: University of Saskatchewan
Schedule:
Start Date: 2017-01-01
End Date: 2023-12-31
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) Canada is a network of high-frequency (HF) radars located throughout the northern hemisphere. The purpose of the SuperDARN is to study plasma in the near-Earth space system, its interaction with the Earth’s atmosphere and geospace environment, it’s effects on the terrestrial “hard” infrastructure (e.g. communications, energy, transportation, etc…), and it’s role in the Sun-Earth system. SuperDARN convection/voltage maps are essential for studies of the impact of space weather at Earth. Space weather researchers rely on SuperDARN data for putting their localized observations in context. SuperDARN radars are extremely reliable, being easily accessible for repairs and upgrades. This reputation has made SuperDARN a favourite tool for space weather scientists.
Personnel:
Persons: 2
Days: 14
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
2343 point Clyde River Site (~1000 ft radius)
2347 point Rankin Inlet Site (~1000 ft)
Planning Regions:
Kivalliq
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Municipal
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Temporary Structures
Licensing Agencies
IC:
TC:
NTI:
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Drone 1 3.5 ft diameter Pictures, inspections
antenna array 2 240 m and 60 m long Radars to monitor space weather effects near the pole.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Other 1 1 Liters No fuel use necessary
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
No environmental impact occurs, other than the presence of the radar building and the antenna arrays. We have operated the radar at Rankin Inlet since May 11, 2006, with no effect on the local environment at Rankin Inlet. Clyde River operations began in October 2012 with no negative environmental impacts. The site can be restored to its original state when the the project is completed. All parts of the radar equipment, including the antennas and radar hut, can be removed at the end of the experiment, as has been done in the past for our radar projects. When the radar is operating, no environmental impact mitigation is necessary.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Other 0 N/A No waste
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2017-04-05
Originator: Randi Strunk
Public Registry ID: 12366
Document Size: 2093.46 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2017-03-24
Originator: Randi Strunk
Public Registry ID: 12324
Document Size: 2738.84 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2017-03-24
Originator: Randi Strunk
Public Registry ID: 12326
Document Size: 218.02 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2017-03-24
Originator: Randi Strunk
Public Registry ID: 12327
Document Size: 217.91 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2017-03-24
Originator: Randi Strunk
Public Registry ID: 12328
Document Size: 218.07 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2017-04-03
Originator: Randi Strunk
Public Registry ID: 12356
Document Size: 8786.14 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2017-04-03
Originator: Randi Strunk
Public Registry ID: 12357
Document Size: 8473.3 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-04-11
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 12413
Document Size: 647.92 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-04-12
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 12418
Document Size: 23.8 Kb
2017-04-03 17:44:47, from: Randi Strunk
 Is there a way to preview our application so I can get it reviewed by other members of our team? Can you print it or ideally export it as a PDF? Thanks!

2017-04-11 11:32:28, from: Peter Scholz
 Mr. Strunk, is this a new project or a renewal or modifcation of an existing project?

2017-04-11 11:44:01, from: Randi Strunk
 It is an existing project, though we had mistakenly let our research license lapse. Mosha Cote at NRI informed me that a renewal was not possible since it had lapsed and to proceed through the NPC application. It is primarily a remote research facility so the radar instrumentation has been present and sending information to Saskatoon since construction (2006 and 2012 for Rankin Inlet and Clyde River respectively).

KEEWATIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.
YES

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.
YES

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.
YES

Low Level Air Flights:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
NO
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
There will be some drone useage on the leased area, maximum 400 ft above ground, as per the Special Flight Operations Certificate of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from Transport Canada. (2016 certificate provided, 2017 application underway). There will continue to be full consultation with local authorities for all drone usage.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
YES
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

ARCHEOLOGY
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?
YES

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s6.4.2: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
YES
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
YES
Local Services and Local Employment:
s6.4.3: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
YES
Describe the services retained and people to be employed.
Local power and internet services are required at both locations. Rick LePage is employed at Rankin Inlet as the site contact, who will conduct site visits as necessary.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s6.4.4: Will the applicant communicate with communities in language that is clear, non-technical, in Inuktitut and English and communicate to the affected communities the results of all scientific res
YES

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s6.4.5: Has the applicant made all reasonable efforts to consult with the Nunavut Research Institute about research that would benefit or interest local residents?
YES
Describe the results of your consultation.
A meeting with SuperDARN personnel and Rankin Inlet Hamlet Council had a meeting on Wednesday July 20th. There was a presentation followed by a question and answer period. SuperDARN Canada has an online presence including our website Superdarn.ca which includes publications, a forum, and soon a real time data display and a mailing list. SuperDARN Canada also has a social media presence (https://twitter.com/SuperDARNCanada and https://www.facebook.com/SuperDARNCanada/). Because our radars operate autonomously and remotely (based at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon), we welcome interactions with all interested parties via online methods.

PARTICULAR AREAS
Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?
NO

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary
NO

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
NO
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
YES
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?
YES

PARTICULAR ACTIVITIES



New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?
NO

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.
YES

NORTH BAFFIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.
YES

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.
YES

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.
YES

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?
NO
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
There will be some drone useage on the leased area, as per the Special Flight Operations Certificate of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from Transport Canada. There will continue to be full consultation with local authorities for all drone usage.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
YES
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?
YES

HERITAGE RESOURCES
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?
YES

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
YES
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
YES

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
YES
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
There have been numerous consultations with the local community. August 8th, 2012 had personnel from SuperDARN offer a tour of the operations and several local people attended (see attached images). In October 2012, a presentation was given by SuperDARN personnel about the research conducted at Clyde River (see attached images). A second tour was offered in September 2013 with SuperDARN personnel but no local residents attended. SuperDARN Canada has an online presence including our website Superdarn.ca which includes publications, a forum, and soon a real time data display and a mailing list. SuperDARN Canada also has a social media presence (https://twitter.com/SuperDARNCanada and https://www.facebook.com/SuperDARNCanada/). Because our radars operate autonomously and remotely (based at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon), we welcome interactions with all interested parties via online methods.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
YES
i. Describe the services retained and the people to be employed.
Local power and internet services are required at both locations. In Clyde River, Jakob Gearheard, Mike Jaypoody, Robert Kautuk are employeed as on-site contacts who conduct maintenance and site repairs as necessary.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re
NO