1998 Aquatic Effects Monitoring Program Habitat Compensation Monitoring Program Panda Diversion Channel
Principal Investigator: Thomas, Craig J (9)
Licence Number: 12964
Organization: Dillon Consulting Limited
Licenced Year(s): 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998
Issued: Jun 03, 1998
Project Team: Mark Brobbel, Pat Hogan, Gary Strong

Objective(s): The objectives are to complete biological and hydraulic assessments of the constructed diversion channel at the mine site that will be enhanced to provide fish habitat compensation for stream habitat losses as a component of mining operations and under the requirements of the Habitat compensation agreement between the department of Fisheries and Oceans and BHP Diamonds Inc.

Project Description: The project will look at the effectiveness of created fish habitat within the on-site Panda Diversion Channel. Assessments will include fish use, invertebrate use, stability and function on a seasonal and yearly basis. Assessments will include the collection of fish (all to be released live), macroinvertebrates, the identification of habitat features, substrate assessments, and hydrology and hydraulic data collection. Standard sampling collection techniques will be sued for the various fauna (ie. electrofishing, surber samplers and flow meters). All assessments will be completed within the Diversion Channel and Grizzly and Buster Creeks within the mine site. BHP will provide support staff which will include people hired locally.