2004 Winter and Spring Aquatic Surveys in the Deh Cho Region
Principal Investigator: Povey, Andrew (93)
Licence Number: 13579
Organization: Mackenzie Project Environment Group
Licenced Year(s): 2005 2004
Issued: Mar 25, 2004
Project Team: Gary Ash,

Objective(s): Imperial Oil Resources Ltd., Aboriginal Pipeline Group, ConocoPhillips Canada (North) Ltd., Shell Canada Ltd., and ExxonMobil Canada Properties conducted a number of baseline studies during 2001, 2002, and 2003 as part of the Mackenzie Gas Project. These studies are continuing in 2004. Local knowledge and technical/scientific research, in combination with a synthesis of existing technical information, is being used to develop a suitable knowledge base for planning, assessment of impacts, and development of environmental protection plans. The Mackenzie Project Environment Group, administered by AMEC Earth and Environmental Ltd., has been retained to conduct the baseline studies. A late winter aquatics survey is required to assess overwintering conditions for fish and watercourse freezing conditions in the vicinity of the pipeline crossing sites. This will complete the multiseason assessment of watercourses begun in 2002 (spring, summer, fall programs). A spring survey will be conducted at watercourses crossed by all-season (temporary and permanent) roads. Since road crossings will be in place year-round, spring studies will be required to determine the use of watercourses by fish during the period of spring flow.