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DRDC - Replacement of Buoys for International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research (ICE-PPR) (149189)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Sarah Rahmer
Company: Department of National Defence / Defence Construction Canada
Schedule:
Start Date: 2020-03-01
End Date: 2022-07-09
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
As part of Operation Nunalivut, this activity is year three of a five year deployment of arctic buoys to monitor environmental conditions on the Arctic ice cap. ICE-PPR supports the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP) through the ICE-PPR Environmental Working Group. Three nations are involved so far: Canada, Denmark, and the US. Canada contributes airlift support and buoys, through the RCAF, DRDC and ECCC. Typically, over the course of three days each year approximately twenty buoys of three types are dropped from the back of an aircraft. The dropped buoys ordinarily replace older buoys which were dropped in previous years and have ceased to function. Infrequently, one or more buoys are dropped to fill in gaps which have emerged or in which no buoys have been placed in some time. As indicated in Figure 1, the majority of buoys, supported by ICE-PPR, is being dropped far from Canadian territory in Areas A and B, or even further from Canadian territory. However, albeit rarely, there are instances where an ice island of interest moves into or is identified within Canadian territorial boundaries or where the IABP may have a need/requirement to drop a buoy on ice or in the water, within Canadian territorial waters. To enable ICE-PPR to place buoys within Canadian territorial boundaries, support from Department of National Defence and the Nunavut Planning Commission is sought. NIRB support for this year and the next two years, is sought through this project description, only for buoy placement within Canadian territorial boundaries –no more than 5 buoys to be dropped in territorial waters.
Personnel:
Persons: 15
Days: 3
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5852 point USIABP IT#1
5853 point USIABP IT #2
5854 point USIABP IT #3
Planning Regions:
Kivalliq
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Aircraft 1 C-130 In order to drop the buoys on the correct ice island/location
Buoyy 3 30 cm by 45 cm in size and less than 5 kgs in weight to monitor environmental conditions (wind, temperature, pressure, salinity, etc, depending on the buoy and location) and to track the movement of ice.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
(Included as part of Project Description attached)Environmental impact is considered to be minimal. The total of three buoys planned for March - Each buoy contains a small package of batteries powering a built-in GPS and a small Iridium radio which transmits location/position and time data to a satellite. The buoys are not intended to be recovered but if they are, they can be rebuilt, and the components can be recycled or reused, or they can be disposed of. In order to drop the buoys, low level flight in visual flying conditions is required for a brief period of time to identify/locate the correct ice island/location, to accurately place the buoy on it, and to ensure the buoy is serviceable. Less than 15 minutes per buoy at low level (below 1000 feet) is required. It is not possible to satisfactorily predict the position of ice islands more than a week in advance. Moreover, the positions will need to be updated the morning of the flight to place a buoy. To the extent possible, no air operations will be undertaken inside any wildlife areas, parks, or sensitive areas. The scientific team and the aircrew will be based in Resolute and will comply with local procedures to ensure any waste or litter from the buoys is properly disposed of or recycled. Waste from packaging materials is anticipated to be minimal. Any buoys that for any reason are not launched, will be returned to Trenton, Ontario
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-09-11
Originator: Sarah Rahmer
Public Registry ID: 16854
Document Size: 634.43 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-10-02
Originator: Sarah Rahmer
Public Registry ID: 16885
Document Size: 85.73 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-11-01
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 16989
Document Size: 434.83 Kb

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.
YES

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.
YES

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.
YES

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.
YES

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.
Low level flight in visual flying conditions is required for a brief period of time to identify/locate the correct ice island/location, to accurately place the buoy on it, and to ensure the buoy is serviceable. Less than 15 minutes per buoy at low level (below 1000 feet) is required. It is not possible to satisfactorily predict the position of ice islands more than a week in advance. Moreover, the positions will need to be updated the morning of the flight to place a buoy. To the extent possible, no air operations will be undertaken inside any wildlife areas, parks, or sensitive areas.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
YES
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

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?
YES

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
YES

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?
YES

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)?
YES

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
YES
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
YES

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.
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Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
YES
i. Describe the services retained and the people to be employed.
The scientific team and the aircrew will be based in Resolute - including overnight stays in the local accommodations. There will be no other opportunities to employ local services.

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
YES