2005 Summer and Fall Aquatic Studies in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region
Principal Investigator: Povey, Andrew (93)
Licence Number: 13850
Organization: Mackenzie Project Environment Group
Licenced Year(s): 2005 2004 2003 2002
Issued: Jun 01, 2005
Project Team: Gary Ash (Fisheries, IMG Golder Inc.), Anil Beersing (Hydrology, IMG Golder Inc), Zsolt Kovats (Water Quality, IMG Golder), Nancy Grainger (Hydrogeology, AMEC Earth & Environmental Ltd.)

Project Description: From 2001 to 2004, aquatics studies were done in the Niglintgak, Taglu and Parsons Lake lease areas and along the proposed gathering pipeline. In addition, aquatic studies at proposed infrastructure sites and borrow pits were initiated in 2004. The 2005 studies are a continuation of the work done in previous years. The work will include additional investigations into fish and fish habitat, hydrology, water quality and hydrogeology in rivers and lakes previously visited, as well as summer and fall aquatics studies of waterbodies near proposed infrastructure sites, proposed water sources, access roads, and borrow pits.

Most activities will be based out of Inuvik, however, some crews may operate temporarily out of the camp at Swimming Point or Camp Farewell. The Aquatics Field Crew will consist of two or three researchers and one local assistant. All of the aquatic studies will be supported by helicopter. Where a boat is required to access the Mackenzie River, delta channels, and offshore areas, the boat and a guide will be hired locally. ATVs may also be used to access selected sampling locations, which will be hired locally. In most cases a waterbody will be visited once per season, although some lakes and streams might be visited more than once to confirm their use by fish at various times of the year. The studies will involve two components: 1) supplemental hydrology studies in the production area (Niglintgak and Taglu); and 2) aquatic investigations at infrastructure sites including barge landings, camps, water supply sources, borrow pits and access roads.

The researchers will retain elders and other knowledgeable people in the community for their advice and guidance. Non-technical summaries will be provided to the communities and regular updates will be given to the HTCs. When the final report is completed, a copy of the document will be provided to the communities.

The study will be conducted along the proposed pipeline survey corridor within the ISR from late June to November, 2005.