Environmental impacts associated with the field study are expected to be negligible. The sites will be accessed using existing roads and trails via ATV and/or truck. The ATVs will be equipped with small spill kits to manage any small spills or leaks that may occur. The non-intrusive geotechnical survey will not cause any ground or land disturbance and the remote-controlled, battery-powered survey boat, used in the river, will be clean of any potential contaminants before entering the river.
Potential fisheries effects from the geotechnical survey are also expected to be minimal and not cause serious harm to fish. Erosion and sediment control measures will be used to reduce the risk of erosion of bank sediments into the river, or the potential for run-off from the survey area to enter the river. All geotechnical work will also occur on-land (not in the river) and geotechnical blast charges will be low-speed and, as a result, below known thresholds that cause effects to fish (i.e., Linton et al. 1985, DFO 2010).
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||Domestic waste, from field personnel lunches and inert blast caps following the geotechnical survey, will be disposed of via Iqaluit’s municipal waste collection system.