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Churchill Marine Observatory - Environmental Observing (CMO-EO) System (149032)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: C.J. Mundy
Company: University of Manitoba
Schedule:
Start Date: 2018-06-08
End Date: 2025-09-08
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Led by the University of Manitoba, the Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO) is a major research infrastructure funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in partnership with the provincial governments of Manitoba and Alberta and numerous other governmental, industrial, and nongovernmental organizations, including the Arctic Research Foundation. Once completed, CMO (www.umanitoba.ca/ceos/research/CMO.html) will be a globally unique, highly innovative, multidisciplinary research facility based out of Churchill, Manitoba, adjacent to North America’s only Arctic deep-water port. The core CMO infrastructure is comprised of 1) the Oil-in-Sea-Ice Mesocosm (OSIM) with two saltwater sub-pools, to be located in Churchill, which is designed to simultaneously accommodate contaminated and control experiments on various scenarios of oil spills in sea ice, and 2) the Environmental Observatory (EO) system, which includes a 65 ft research vessel, one cabled oceanographic mooring in the Churchill estuary, and four oceanographic moorings to be distributed along the main shipping channel across Hudson Bay and Strait. Although the CMO science program is designed around studies on the detection, impact and mitigation of spills of oil and related contaminants in sea ice-covered waters, the CMO-EO system will be predominantly used to assist in data gathering in support of increasing our baseline knowledge of general oceanography (including physical, chemical and biological oceanographic investigations) and oceanographic monitoring capacity within the Hudson Bay complex, including Hudson Bay, Foxe Basin and Hudson Strait. Therefore, collaborations with existing and future projects will support recovery and deployment of additional moorings. Under this broad mandate, the CMO-EO system will plan to operate throughout the Hudson Bay complex every year over the next 7 years and beyond, with specific regional foci for different years based on secured research funding. Currently, the CMO research vessel is docked in Summerside, PEI. In July 2018, we plan to sail the CMO research vessel to Hudson Strait where we will plan to deploy the four CMO-EO oceanographic moorings along the shipping lane, recover moorings deployed via the CCGS Amundsen as part of the University of Manitoba-led Hudson Bay System Study (BaySys) in southern Hudson Bay and then carry out coastal oceanographic sampling around Southampton Island in support of the Southampton Island Marine Ecosystem Project (SIMEP). In support of SIMEP, an additional mooring will be deployed at the southern end of Roes Welcome Sound. Oceanographic moorings will consist of: electronic sensors (for temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll fluorescence, coloured dissolved organic matter, underwater light, and pH), low power acoustics similar in power to depth sounders used on small boats (for water velocity and backscatter from zooplankton and fish), hydrophones (to listen for marine mammals and ship noise), and sequential sediment traps (to measure export of planktonic organic matter from the surface ocean). Sampling via the CMO-EO research vessel will include: deployment of similar sensors to those mentioned above; water samples for ocean geochemistry including carbonate system parameters and dissolved nutrients, bacterial abundance, primary production, and stable isotopes; nets to collect zooplankton and fish samples, box and gravity cores to collect sediment and benthic organism samples; a 24 ft zodiac launched from the research vessel to collect water and benthic samples closer to the coasts and to deploy scientific SCUBA divers who will assess species composition and biomass of macroalgae (e.g., kelp) within shallow waters; and a remotely operated vehicle to obtain video measurements of the benthic environment to map out organism distributions.
Summary of Modifications:
Under the auspices of the core objectives and the same region of the CMO-EO project, we would like to amend the project to include a spring landfast sea ice-based study and deployment a new short-term mooring. Sea ice study: As part of the Southampton Island Marine Ecosystem Project (SIMEP), we would like to undertake a 1.5 month project based out of Coral Harbour, Nunavut from late April through early June, 2019. The project will involve 3-6 field scientists throughout the proposed period. On every field excursion, scientists will hire two knowledgeable guides and rent snowmobiles and sleds locally through the assistance of the Aiviit HTO office. We will live and operate from the community of Coral Harbour during our visit, with sampling excursions being restricted to day trips. Research will include sea ice, water column, and macroalgae (kelp) sampling to monitor aspects of the sea ice, ocean currents, seawater properties and algae in the Coral Harbour area. The only sampling tools additional to those described in the original CMO-EO project include an ice core barrel to sample sea ice, an electric auger to make holes to access the underlying water column and the use of snowmobiles for transportation. Our plan is to go to the field every 2 to 3 days during the field program. New oceanographic mooring: Through the land fast sea ice, we hope to deploy a miniature version of the already described CMO-EO moorings. Basically, the mooring will contain the same sensors, just fewer of them. More specifically, we hope to deploy a current sensor (ADCP), a conductivity, temperature, and depth sensor (CTD) , a fluorometer sensor (for measuring algae concentration) and a light sensor on the mooring. The mooring is targeted to be deployed near 63.6277 N, 82.8827 W at a water depth of 50 to 100 m. The purpose of this mooring will be to monitor oceanographic conditions in support of the sea ice research. We plan to pick up the mooring in August when the CMO-EO research vessel, William Kennedy visits the region this summer. Thus, the planned deployment of the mooring will be from May through August 2019.
Personnel:
Persons: 14
Days: 45
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4813 polygon Regional Coverage of the Churchill Marine Observatory - Environmental Observing (CMO-EO) System
4835 polygon Landfast Sea-ice Study - study area of interest will be dictated by landfast ice edge
4836 point Proposed new mooring location - location will be dictated by landfast ice edge and water depth
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Kivalliq
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Municipal
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Keewatin Planning Region
Keewatin Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Southampton and Coats Island
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Marine-Based Activities
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
DFO: Fish for Scientific Purposes Permit
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Boat 1 20 m long RV William Kennedy is a research vessel jointly owned by the University of Manitoba and the Arctic Research Foundation. At the present, the vessel operates out of Summerside, Price Edward Island. We plan to use it to conduct oceanographic sampling.
Boat 1 1.5 m long Zodiac Hurricane skiff aboard the RV William Kennedy. Used for access to land and oceanographic sampling in shallow water.
Rosette with integrated CTD system 1 1 m x 1 m x 1.25 m Lowered into the ocean from the RV William Kennedy to collect water sampling using its 12-5L sampling bottles. The integrated CTD system electronically measures temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, fluorescence, turbidity, and underwater light.
Caged CTD with integrated sensors 1 1.1 m x 0.35 m x 0.35 m Lowered into the ocean from the RV William Kennedy to electronically measure temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, fluorescence, turbidity, and underwater light.
Box Corer 1 0.4 m x 0.45 m x 1.70 m Lowered from the RV William Kennedy. Small box core (25 x 25 x 50 cm sample box) for collecting sediment samples.
Gravity Corer 1 1.5 m x 0.3 m x 0.3 m Lowered from the RV William Kennedy. Small gravity corer (0.75 m) for collecting sediment samples.
Flow through system 1 0.3 m x 0.5 m x 0.6 m Shipboard system integrated into the ship's seawater intake. Measures sea surface temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and fluorescence.
Plankton Nets 5 0.6 m x 0.6 m x 1.5 m Plankton samples will be collected using 3 different nets: (1) 2x traditional plankton nets (0.6 m x 0.6 m x 1.5 m), (2) 2x bongo nets (1.5 m x 0.6 x 1.5 m), (3) beam trawl (3 m x 0.5 m x 2 m). These nets are lowered from the RV William Kennedy.
Snowmobile 4 10 ft long Transportation across landfast ice
Ice auger 2 5-8 ft long To make hole, measure ice thickness, and access underlying water column for sampling
Ice core barrel 1 5-8 ft long To sample sea ice with a known area sample
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 4 35000 Liters Fuel for research vessel
Gasoline 1 200 Liters Fuel for zodiac tender
Gasoline 4 20 Liters Back up gerry cans for snowmobiles while on field excursion
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Hydrochloric acid 1 2 Liters For cleaning glassware
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
No predicted impact from oceanographic sampling and data collection. Samples are minimal. Oceanographic acoustics are very low power. Environmental impact is limited to the operation of the RV William Kennedy which is Transport Canada Certified and complies with Government of Canada regulations and guidelines.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 200 L/yr The research vessel has 2x Type II sewage treatment systems (Raritan Managerm). This system is an on-board treatment device that uses biological or aerobic digestion-based system. After treatment the waste can be discharged. USCG Certified Type II Marine Sanitation Device and approved by Transport Canada. Pumped out using sewage pumper truck once each year
Greywater 12,000 L/yr The research vessel has 2x Type II sewage treatment systems (Raritan Managerm). This system is an on-board treatment device that uses biological or aerobic digestion-based system. After treatment the waste can be discharged. USCG Certified Type II Marine Sanitation Device and approved by Transport Canada. Greywater is cleaned then disposed
Combustible wastes 280 L/yr Disposed at approved combustible waste facility and according to Transport Canada regulations Used oil offloaded in Churchill and/or PEI
Non-Combustible wastes 150 garbage bags/yr Disposed at approved refuse facility Offloaded in Churchill and/or PEI
Hazardous 2 L HCl See above The acid, diluted to 10% HCl for cleaning will be packaged and shipped back to the University of Manitoba in applicable dangerous goods packaging
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2019-02-05 09:54:35, from: Peter Scholz
 Please include NIRB as an authorizing agency, and list what is the NIRB file number for your current authorization. Thank you.

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.
NO

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.
NO

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.
NO

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.
NO

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.
null
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
NO
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.
null

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?
NO

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
NO

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?
NO

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s6.4.2: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
NO
Local Services and Local Employment:
s6.4.3: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
NO
If no, explain why it is not possible.
null

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
NO

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?
NO
If no, explain why.
null

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
YES

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?
YES
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
NO
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.
NO

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.
NO

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.
NO

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.
NO

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.
NO

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.
null
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
NO
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.
null

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?
NO

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
NO

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?
NO

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)?
NO

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
NO

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?
NO
ii. If no, explain why.
null
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
NO
ii. If no, explain why it is not possible.
null

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

MARINE AND TERRESTRIAL TRANSPORTATION
Corridor:
s3.5.11, s3.3.5.12: Does the proposal consider the development of a transportation and/or communications corridor?
NO

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix H: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the code of Good Conduct at all times.
NO