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Functional, Structural and Biodiversity Studies of Arctic Freshwater Watersheds. Validating Protocols for Monitoring and Cumulative Assessment (148655)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Dr. Joseph Culp
Company: Wilfrid Laurier University
Start Date: 2018-07-01
End Date: 2019-08-31
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
This project aims at the development of an improved understanding of how human-induced changes in Arctic freshwater ecosystems, such as climate change and resource development, may impact the health of northern freshwater resources and the provision of eocsystem services such as sustainable fisheries. The work will use cutting-edge methods to establish baseline studies of the Lake Greiner watershed, Victoria Island, Nunavut, from its lowest trophic levels (micros, algae, benthic invertebrates, plankton) to its upper torphic levels (fish) to describe how the function and structure of auqatic ecosystems support the production of juvenile fishes and the diversity other resident organisms and the habitats upon which the health and sustainability of fisheries ultimately depend.
Persons: 6
Days: 28
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
3193 polygon Research sites will focus on the Greiner Watershed, and other watersheds in the Cambridge Bay area of the Kitikmeot region
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
aquatic sampling equipment 10 various sizes Equipment to sample water, algae, benthic invertebrates, fish in rivers and lakes
monitoring equipment 4 various sizes monitoring water quality, temperature, oxygen, pH etc, flow measurements
helicopter 1 bell ranger or A star Flying crews to field sites
truck/quad 1 pickup access to field sites when road available
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 1 100 Liters to run pick up truck from Cambridge Bay to field site. Truck fuelled in Cambridge Bay
Aviation fuel 1 200 Liters fuel for helicopter for travel to field sites. Helicopter fueling in Cambridge Bay. Total amount required is unknown
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Denatured ethanol (preservative) 4 4 Liters preservation of field samples
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 Manual filling of 1 liter sample bottles various rivers and lakes within Greiner Watershed
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Environmental impacts of the undertaking are anticipated to be negligible. Helicopter travel to site will create some localized noise during landing and take off from sites. During field surveys, 2-3 person crew will be collecting various samples, including water and biota (algae, benthic invertebrates, fish). At some sites, data loggers for water temperature and oxygen may be deployed for a period of time (3-4 weeks). Upon completion of field survey season, these loggers will be removed. Nothing will be left at these field sites.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Other <1kg per day None required All garbage to be collected and deposited in appropriate waste facilities in Cambridge Bay
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2017-11-22
Originator: Eric Luiker
Public Registry ID: 13275
Document Size: 685.33 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-12-13
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 13408
Document Size: 164.52 Kb
2017-11-23 17:32:05, from: Alana Vigna
 Hello Dr. Culp, Can you please confirm if you require a research permit from the Nunavut Research Institute and if these activities have previously been screened by the Nunavut Impact Review Board? Thank you, Alana

2017-12-04 10:07:40, from: Eric Luiker
 Hello Alana. We were told that the Nunavut Planning Commission submission would be used to determine which Nunavut Research Institute Permits would be required. This is a new project, and it has not previously been screened in by the Nunavut Impact Review Board. We anticipate that we will likely need a "Land and Water", and "Nunavut Wildlife Permit" and a DFO permit. Cheers Eric L.

2017-12-05 11:58:50, from: Alana Vigna
 Hi Erik, thank you for your response. Can you please resubmit your application back to us so that the process can continue? Regards, Alana

2017-12-08 12:47:19, from: Alana Vigna
 Hi Erik, After reading the Environmental Impacts of your proposed activities, I am thinking that the deployment of data loggers for water temperature and oxygen may require a research permit from Nunavut Research Institute (NRI). Please follow up with Mosha Cote from NRI about whether you require a permit for these activities. In the meantime, I have returned your application to you, please include NRI as an Authorizing Agency if a permit is required. If not required, please resubmit without checking NRI and respond to this message. You can reach me at 867-983-4634 if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks, Alana

2017-12-13 13:02:11, from: Alana Vigna
 Erik, After a conversation with the NIRB, it seems that the deployment of data loggers will require a research permit from NRI. I will be including NRI as an Authorizing Agency in our review letter. Alana