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Watershed and permafrost responses to a changing climate in the Resolute Bay area (149123)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Scott Lamoureux
Company: Queen's University
Start Date: 2019-07-01
End Date: 2019-09-01
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Climate change on Arctic terrestrial environments are mainly associated with increased temperatures causing permafrost degradation. In addition, modelling of the futur Arctic climate system have suggested an increase in summer rainfall, modifying the hydrological regime in soils and in rivers. The impacts of these modifications should affect landscape stability, sediment and pollutant loads into rivers and wetness regimes of soils, wetland and ecosystems. This project is aimed at investigating potential permafrost degradation, water quality and sediment dynamics of the McMaster river, near Resolute Bay, Nunavut. It will allow us to draw parallels to the watershed used as a water source by the community, and to the stability of permafrost upon which the hamlet is built.
Persons: 2
Days: 62
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5180 polygon McMaster River Watershed
5181 polygon North Lake tributary
5182 point Resolute Bay Village
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Bulk Sample
Licensing Agencies
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NWB: Approval to Use Water/Deposit Water Without a Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
ATV 1 2m Used to move to and from the research sites
Portable core drill 1 3m Permafrost coring
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 3 20 Liters For ATV and Drill
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.01 grab sampling McMaster River
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
This project involves water sampling (< 10L per day, not everyday) from the two main rivers and coring permafrost in a few (~10) locations. All operations are to be performed on foot, except transport to and from the areas on an ATV. The potential impacts are very limited: 1) Soil disturbance in soil pits when permafrost coring. Mitigation: Backfilling the soil pits after the operation 2) Gas spill from ATV and Drill engine fueling operations. Mitigation: Use of a spill kit, filling in Polar continental shelf garage instead of in the field. The research is based at the Polar Shelf facilities, so all potential waste will be dealt with through their system
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2018-04-18
Originator: Michel Paquette
Public Registry ID: 15798
Document Size: 9.03 Kb
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2018-04-18
Originator: Michel Paquette
Public Registry ID: 15799
Document Size: 9.03 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-06-19
Originator: Allan Thompson
Public Registry ID: 15800
Document Size: 179.13 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-04-26
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16307
Document Size: 237.67 Kb


Environmental Protection:
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)?

Scientific Research:
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?
ii. If no, explain why.
We are building relations directly with the community. We have had brief discussions with the head of the HTO Phillip Manik, who showed interest in the project in February. We have already presented some of our research in the school in 2016 and 2018, and they also showed interest in getting involved. We plan to use an early trip in May to foster further interest and to start a dialogue on the preoccupations of the local residents, some of whom told us they saw evidence of permafrost degradation and of hydrological changes in the area. Regular contact with the community will occur during the field season.
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.
Debbie Iqaluk will be employed as a guide to the area. We are currently pursuing options to hire local help from the Resolute Bay community.

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