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Ancient DNA in lake sediment (149651)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Gifford Miller
Company: University of Colorado
Schedule:
Start Date: 2022-07-24
End Date: 2022-08-27
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
This fieldwork builds on a project initiated in 2018, 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 complete the fieldwork required for the project. This requires us to sample a lake on Padloping Island south of Qikiqtarjuaq first, with the assistance of two bear guards we will hire from Qikiqtarjuaq. After that, we will complete fieldwork at the Barnes Ice Cap (149249), and finally, complete the fieldwork and recover weather station at the lake just south of Pond Inlet. We will work on the lakes from small inflatable non-motorized boats 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. 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: 6
Days: 15
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
8100 point Lake QPT
8101 point Lake CF8a
8102 point Lake CF8b
8103 point Lake AFR
8104 point Lake BRO
8105 point Lake BIR
8106 point Lake SAD
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
Helicopter 1 normal PCSP Helicopter to access Lake SAD
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 0 0 Cubic Meters All fuel will be obtained in settlements. No fuel stored on site.
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 3 to 7 days, with a tent camp. All human waste will be buried at last 100 m from any waterway. All trash will be carried out in the helicopter
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: 19311
Document Size: 38.13 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Fuel Use
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 19312
Document Size: 33.06 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Hazardous Material Use
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 19313
Document Size: 26.66 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 19314
Document Size: 594.96 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 19315
Document Size: 423.22 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2019-10-19
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 19319
Document Size: 354.75 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2017-05-25
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 19316
Document Size: 137.71 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2017-05-11
Originator: Gifford Miller
Public Registry ID: 19310
Document Size: 154.23 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-05-31
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 19317
Document Size: 594.19 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-11-08
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 19321
Document Size: 227.23 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-01-12
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 19355
Document Size: 246.92 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. Miller is now on the Advisory Board for Arctic College's Environmental Technology Program
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. We will hire a full time bear guard at Lake SAD. The other lakes have minimal bear risk

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