Type of application: New
||Canadian Wildlife Service
The North Water Research Station was established on Coburg Island of the Nirjutiqarvik National Wildlife Area in the 1960's. The research station was operated by a group that included McGill University, the University of Calgary Arctic Institute, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Energy Mines and Resources of the Government of Canada. Operations ceased in the 1980s. Over the years, numerous fuel drums, propane tanks and other materials have been left behind and the research station has fallen into a state of disrepair. In the early 2000's, a remediation project was conducted to clean-up any remaining contaminants and to compact and remove debris. Unfortunately the project was not completed. While the site is now clear of contamination, there are 150+ empty fuel drums, several 100 lb propane tanks, and other debris remaining.
With the support of the Polar Continental Shelf Project, the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Nirjutiqarvik Area Co-Management Committee will conduct a clean-up of the site. A team of six members will travel to the site where they will set-up a small temporary tent camp. Over a period of up to two weeks, the crew will dig out any fuel drums that have been partially buried by sand or frozen in ice, and haul the drums and other debris across a small ravine over to the landing strip. The drums and debris will be hauled out by twin otter and taken to Resolute Bay. Because a number of the fuel drums have been crushed and all drums are empty, we anticipate that approximately 14 round trip twin otter flights to/from the site from Resolute Bay will be required. All fuel drums and other debris will be packaged up in Resolute and shipped out via sealift. Local members from Grise Fiord and possibly Resolute Bay will be hired to participate in the project. The research station will be dismantled and if suitable all non-toxic components will be burned. If burning is not an option, it will be shipped out with the other debris. It is our hope to complete the clean-up in time for a late fall/early winter open house in the community of Grise Fiord to showcase the site and the committee's management plans for the National Wildlife Area.
In addition, a team of two researchers from the University of Waterloo will join our team for a period of 3-5 days. They are conducting a research project to 1) provide new age, thermal, and pressure constraints related to the crustal architecture of units exposed on eastern Devon Island and southeastern Ellesmere Islands; and 2) evaluate the usage of remote sensing images and spectral data to predict the bedrock geology of eastern Devon Island, Coburg Island and southeastern Ellesmere Islands. At Coburg Island (Nirjutiqarvik NWA), they will be collecting 30-50 rock samples which weigh 0.5 - 1 kg each using a simple rock hammer. In addition to the collection of the rock samples, they will conduct a mapping exercise using GPS points and a table to map out the different types of rocks present at the site.
An ATV and a zodiac will be used to travel around the island to get to various sites.
List of all project geometries:
||Nirjutiqarvik National Wildlife Area
Affected Areas and Land Types
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
CWS: National Wildlife Area permit under the Wildlife Area Regulations
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
||To fly crew in/out of Nirjutiqarvik NWA, to remove fuel drums, propane tanks and other debris.
|Zodiac with Yamaha 30 hp outboard motor
||To travel along the coast line of the island.
||To travel around the island and to help move debris to the airstrip.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
||For ATV and Zodiac
|No records found.|
|Daily Amount (m3)
Waste and Impacts
This will be a leave no trace camp and we will remove all waste with the exception of bodily waste and grey water. We expect the environmental impact to be negligible.
||We will treat the pit with lime.
||A small pit dug and then buried.
|Sewage (human waste)
||6 persons x 14 days
||Waste will be buried over
Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Public Registry ID:
2019-05-24 16:36:45, from: Goump Djalogue
Good Afternoon Lisa,
Please revise the end date of the project as currently the start and end date appear to be be the same in your application form. Also if if some part or relatred activities of this project have been screened in the past by NIRB, please provide the NIRB file #. Thank you.
2019-05-30 13:50:04, from: Goump Djalogue
Per your request, I am returning this to you to update the application with the additional activities and resubmit to us.
2019-06-11 15:09:15, from: Goump Djalogue
Could you please revised the answer to the question about research in the “Questionnaire” Thanks,
NORTH BAFFIN QUESTIONAIRE
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
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.
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.
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.
Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?
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?
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
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?
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)?
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
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?
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
Yes NRI has been contacted and approval has been received.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
i. Describe the services retained and the people to be employed.
Local Inuit from Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay will be hired to conduct the clean-up and will participate in the research activities as well.
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