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Microplastics in beach sediment: Collecting baseline data for microplastic contamination around Iqaluit, Nunavut, and developing tools for effective community-based monitoring (149180)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Madelaine Bourdages
Company: Carleton University
Schedule:
Start Date: 2019-09-23
End Date: 2019-09-27
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Marine plastic pollution is a significant global issue. Plastics do not biodegrade, yet many can breakup into smaller fragments and be easily transported in both water and air. Microplastics, which are defined as plastic particles less than five millimeters in diameter, can enter the environment through various different sources and are of particular interest as they can be ingested by many different organisms. Microplastics have become recognized as an environmental concern, however, data does not exist for many areas, and understanding how microplastics move around the environment is still a topic that needs to be investigated further globally. Furthermore, there remains a lack of standardized monitoring tools for plastics in the environment, and it is very important to standardize tools so that monitoring can occur all across Canada, including in the north. This study aims to answer two main research questions. First, what is the current concentration of microplastic contamination in beach sediment around Iqaluit, Nunavut? And second, are current methods for community-based monitoring of microplastics in sediment samples effective? The objectives for this study are: to collect and analyse beach sediment samples for microplastics in order to create a baseline dataset of microplastic pollution in beach sediment around Iqaluit, Nunavut; and to assess two current beach sediment sampling methods and develop tools for effective community-based monitoring of microplastics in beach sediment. Beach sediment samples will be collected in September 2019 during the Wildlife Contaminant Workshop in Iqaluit, NU in association with the Environmental Technology Program at the Nunavut Arctic College (September 23 – 27, 2019). Three replicates of approximately 500 g of sediment will be collected at each location where beach surveys will be conducted for plastic debris. Sample collection will replicate the methods used to collect previous beach sediment samples from Qikiqtarjuaq, NU, and Herschel Island, YT, and will involve filling glass jars with sediment using a metal spoon. The samples will be collected with the Environmental Technology Students at the Nunavut Arctic College as part of a week-long workshop on plastics. All of the students are Nunavut residents, and will participate in the sampling. We do not foresee any impacts on the environment, wildlife or people as a result of this study or the sample collection. We will not collect any sediment that is being used by wildlife, and if at any time there is a threat to disturbing wildlife, all sampling will stop.
Personnel:
Persons: 2
Days: 5
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5717 point Site 1
5718 point Site 2
5719 point Site 3
5720 point Site 4
5721 point Site 5
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Affected Areas and Land Types
Municipal
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
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Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
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Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
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Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
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Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
No equipment or waste will be left on site, and access to the sampling locations will be by foot. We do not foresee any impacts on the environment, wildlife or people as a result of this study or the sample collection. We will not collect any sediment that is being used by wildlife, and if at any time there is a threat to disturbing wildlife, all sampling will stop.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-07-03
Originator: Madelaine Bourdages
Public Registry ID: 16732
Document Size: 102.49 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-07-31
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16802
Document Size: 224.4 Kb