Water Quality of Aklavik Clearing Lake and Associated Wetlands

Regions: Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: biology, water quality, wetlands, pollution, wastewater, amphibian

Principal Investigator: Fehr, Alan (3)
Licence Number: 12791
Organization: Inuvik Research Centre
Licenced Year(s): 1995
Issued: Jan 01, 1995
Project Team: Research Assistant to be hired locally

Objective(s): To gather and summarize water quality and sewage effluent data collected on the Mackenzie Delta by: completing a literature review of water quality and sewage effluent research; collect water samples for analysis; describe the wetland biota along drainage between between the lake and Peel River; document the distribution, past and present, of wood frogs (a species sensitive to water pollution) in the Delta; and summarize the literature, analyse the data and prepare a plain language report.

Project Description: The researchers will determine what impact sewage effluent from the Hamlet of Aklavik is having on the water quality and biota downstream. A literature review on the entire Delta will be completed. Interview with people having camps on the Delta and field observations will give an idea of past and present distribution of wood frogs. Water quality samples will be taken and wetland biota described. This will give an indication of water pollution impact.