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Ancient DNA in lake sediment (149241)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Gifford Miller
Company: University of Colorado
Schedule:
Start Date: 2020-07-15
End Date: 2020-08-20
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
This fieldwork builds on a project initiated last year, also titled Ancient DNA in lake sediment. The primary goal of this research is to analyze ancient DNA contained in lake sediment in order to reconstruct past vegetation changes on Baffin Island over the last ~10,000 years and assess how plant communities responded to past climate change. Ancient DNA in lake sediment is a powerful new tool in paleoecology that seems to work particularly well in the Canadian Arctic because of the cold temperatures that provide favorable conditions for preservation and because DNA provides a comprehensive picture of flora growing within a lake catchment. Our goal this year is to collect an additional sample from a lake we began working on last year and to add two more lakes that should provide important comparison records from a colder, more northerly site. We thus request permission to sample lake sediment from three small lakes, one that is 18 km from Iqaluit, and two that are 10-20 km from Clyde River. We will acess the lake near Iqaluit via boat and will be working with NRI/Arctic College for this portion of the fieldwork. The lakes near Clyde River will be accessed with the help of local guides. We will work from small inflatable non-motorized boats on the lakes in order to push a 6-cm-diameter polycarbonate tube into the mud at the center of each lake, capturing a small sample of the sediment that fills the lake floor. We will then extract the tubes, cap them, and return with them to Iqaluit/Clyde River. We estimate that there will be about 1.5 meters of sediment that was deposited in each of the lakes over the last ~10,000 years. These records will help us to better understand how vegetation has responded to past climate change and thus how ecosystems may respond to warming in the future.
Personnel:
Persons: 2
Days: 15
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5855 point Lake QPT
5856 point Lake CF8a
5857 point Lake CF8b
5858 point Lake AFR
5859 point Lake BRO
5860 point Lake BIR
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Kivalliq
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NTI: Scientific Research License
NIRB: Screening decision report
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Helicopter 1 normal PCSP Helicopter to access AFR Lake
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
1 stream water nearby
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
We will be at each lake no more than 2 days, with a tent camp. All human waste will be buried at last 100 m from any waterway. All trash will be carried out.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 2 people, 2 days none burial, more than 100 m from any waterway
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 16894
Document Size: 38.13 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Fuel Use
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 16895
Document Size: 33.06 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Hazardous Material Use
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 16896
Document Size: 26.66 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 16897
Document Size: 594.96 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 16898
Document Size: 423.22 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2019-10-19
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 16902
Document Size: 354.75 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2017-05-25
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 16899
Document Size: 137.71 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 16893
Document Size: 154.23 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-05-31
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16900
Document Size: 594.19 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-11-08
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 17000
Document Size: 227.23 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?
YES

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?
YES
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
We have been working with NRI for several years and are planning to work with Arctic College to integrate their annual lake-based fieldwork into our project.
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.
We will be working with local guides to access sites, and staying at a local accommodations in nearby settlements whenever appropriate

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