Early stage exploration programs are low-impact and occur over a short period of time. The effects of these programs are expected to be minor and mitigatable.
Changes in flow, quantity and the quality of groundwater and surface water will not be impacted by the exploration program. The proposed camp requires <3m3/day and will operate seasonally. Water will be sourced from water bodies with sufficient capacity to accommodate the proposed usage quantity without impact to lake level or flow rates.
Waterlines for domestic use will be placed to minimize disturbance to the shoreline/riparian zones and substrate. Water and aquatic life is protected. Waterlines will be screened in accordance with the “Freshwater Intake End-of-Pipe Screen Guideline” prepared by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. A copy of this guideline document is kept at the head office in Vancouver and at the camp field office.
Mitigation measures are in place to minimize the environmental impacts of potential spills. All spills will be treated as per the “Spill Prevention and Response Plan”. Approved mitigations and SOPs for water use and waste water management will be applied at Kodiak’s Kahuna Diamond Property.
No wastes will enter any water bodies or drainage courses. This includes discharge from the camp grey water sump. The grey water sump will be located at least 31 meters from the high water mark of a water body and will be inspected regularly. Digging of the grey water sump may alter the permafrost layer; however, upon final closure the sump will be backfilled and restored to the pre-existing natural contours of the land. Water use for the domestic camp water will be recorded daily.
The Kahuna Property is not expected to impact fish or fish habitats.
A water quality monitoring program will be established to generate baseline water quality data in areas of active exploration. Sample sites will be chosen on representative water bodies that focus on exploration targets and camp infrastructure locations.
In addition to the mitigation measures outlined above, the exploration program will not have an effect on the following environmental topics: Geologic structures, vegetation species composition and abundance, non-native species introduction, benthic invertebrates or plankton.
With the mitigation measures and SOPs in place there are no significant impacts or cumulative effects anticipated as a result of Kodiak’s water use and waste water management at the Kahuna Property. Refer to the “Waste Management Plan”, “Fuel Management Plan” and “Abandonment and Restoration Plan” for additional information.
Predicted environmental and wildlife impacts and proposed mitigation measures are outlined in detail in Kodiak's “Environmental and Wildlife Management Plan”.
||<3 cubic metres per day
|Sewage (human waste)
||~0.05 cubic metres per day
||Ash generated from incineration is collected and shipped to an authorized facility for proper disposal.
||Bags are incinerated.
||Ash is collected in 205L drums and shipping to an authorized facility for proper disposal.
||Combustible waste is incinerated.
||Hazardous wastes will be transported in accordance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations.
||All hazardous waste materials will be collected in sealed and appropriately labeled containers and stored in secondary containment. All hazardous wastes will be removed from the property regularly for recycling or authorized disposal. Refer to the Waste Management Plan for details on specific waste types.
||Shipped to authorized facility for proper disposal.
||Non-combustible wastes (including scrap metal, electronics, mechanical equipment, etc.) will be collected in a designated area before being shipped off the property.