An Assessment of the Environmental Impacts on Strathcona Sound from the Nanisivik Mine

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: physical sciences, contaminants, mining impacts, metals, sediment, marine environment

Principal Investigator: d'Entremont, Andre (3)
Licence Number: 12248
Organization: Environmental Protection Conservation and Protection
Licenced Year(s): 1992
Issued: Jan 01, 1992
Project Team: Self

Objective(s): To determine spatial/temporal variation of selected metals and metalloids and whether or not their concentrations have been statistically significantly increased over background levels in surficial sediment in Strathcona Sound; to field test monitoring methods and use the Nanisivik study as a potential model for future environmental assessments in Arctic marine areas; to establish the relative toxicity using bioassays of sediments collected from within the study area;

Project Description: The researcher will assess the extent of trace metal migration in Strathcona Sound, to determine if this contamination could result in any toxic effects on biota, and to assess the effectiveness of environmental monitoring methods in the high Arctic.