De Beers Snap Lake Mine - 2008 Environmental Monitoring Program

Regions: North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: physical sciences, water quality, hydrology, fish, sediment quality

Principal Investigator: Huebert, Ed (2)
Licence Number: 14319
Organization: De Beers Canada Inc.
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2002 2001 2000 1999
Issued: Apr 01, 2008
Project Team: P. Vecsei (Fisheries Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), A. Lahti (Senior Fish and Wildlife Technician, Golder Associates Ltd.), P. Smith (Fisheries Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), H. Machtans (Senior Fisheries Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), E. Lem (Fisheries Technician, Golder Associates Ltd.), C. Pullen (Fisheries Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), K. Gerein (Aquatic Ecologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), J. Virgl (Senior Wildlife Biologist, Golder Assocaites Ltd. ), D. Panayi (Wildlife Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), B. Topp (Senior Hydrologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), L. Young (Wildlife Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), W. Purdy (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates Ltd.), M. Digel (Senior Water Quality Specialist, Golder Associates Ltd.), A. Humphries (Water Quality Specialist, Golder Associates Ltd.), A. Boulanger (Environmental Technician, De Beers Canada Inc.), D. Flemming (Permit Coordinator, De Beers Canada Inc.), D. Vokey (Environmental Coordinator, De Beers Canada Inc.), G. Seto (Environmental Coordinator, De Beers Canada Inc.), J. Crowe (Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), K. Mindus (Environmental Technician, Golder Associates Ltd.), C. Wood (Wildlife Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), L. Carter (Field Coordinator, GIS Specialist, Golder Associates Ltd.), K. LeDrew (Safety, Helath, and Environment Superintendant, De Beers Canada Inc.), J. Bartlett (Senior Permitting Coordinator, De Beers Canada Inc.), N. Doctor (Environmental Technician, De Beers Canada Inc.), F. Kotchilea (Environmental Technician, De Beers Canada Inc.), P. Mercredi (Environmental Technician, De Beers Canada Inc.), 4 X students (Assistants to Environmental Technicians, De Beers Canada Inc.), D. Bauman (Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), J.R. Hall (Biological Technician, Golder Associates Ltd.), Z. Kovats (Aquatic Ecologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), P. Bedell (Geotechnical Engineer, De Beers Canada Inc.), A. Bachteram (Water Quality Specialist, Golder Associates Ltd.), M. Ealey (Senior Vegetation and Reclamation Ecologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), C. Madland (Air Quality Scientist, Golder Associates Ltd.), C. Willms (Vegetation Ecologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), K. DeVos (Senior Geochemist, Golder Associates Ltd.), K. Salzsauler (Geochemist, Golder Associates Ltd.), J. Bussey (Archaeologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), J. Galloway (Limnologist/Water Quality Specialist, Golder Associates Ltd.), A. op der Heijde (Field Technician, Golder Associates Ltd.), R. McLean (Senior Hydrogeologist, De Beers Canad Inc.)

Objective(s): The objective of these environmental monitoring programs is to fulfill the requirements outlined under the Snap Lake Mine's Land Use Permit, Water License, Environmental Agreement and Fisheries Authorization, and to meet De BeersÆ corporate commitments on the environment.

Project Description: The objective of these environmental monitoring programs is to fulfill the requirements outlined under the Snap Lake Mine's Land Use Permit, Water License, Environmental Agreement and Fisheries Authorization, and to meet De Beers’ corporate commitments on the environment.

Aquatics monitoring involves water and sediment quality, zooplankton, phytoplankton, benthic communities, fish, fish habitat and fish health as outlined under the June 2005 AEMP. The hydrology program monitors lake levels, stream flow, outflows, site runoff, and hydro-meteorological data using dataloggers and monitoring stations. The geochemistry component is part of the Acid Rock Drainage program, which monitors site runoff/seepage, reviews the placement of materials and identifies signs of acid generation. The North Pile monitoring program monitors stability and temperature of waste rock piles. Vegetation monitoring includes plots in test and control areas to determine composition and plant health, and the effect of reclamation on re-vegetation and soil properties. Air quality monitoring involves collection of meteorological data and measuring particulate matter and dustfall. Underground water quality and quantity will be monitored.
Transportation includes truck, foot, helicopter, planes, snowmobiles, and boats.

Results are summarized in annual reports. A plain language summary is submitted. Discussions are held with Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Tlicho Government, the North Slave Métis Alliance, and the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation. Aboriginal Communities partake in the Snap Lake Working Group and the Snap Lake Environmental Monitoring Agency.
Members of these communities have participated as field assistants.
Fieldwork will be conducted from April 01 to December 31, 2008 at Snap Lake and the regional study area (33 km radius of camp): Snap Lake (63 39 9.5N, 110 59 39.4W), Northeast Lake (63 39 31.2N, 110 46 40.1W), King Lake Outlet (63 46 19.0N, 110 38 36.3W), Stream 27 (63 36 7.3N, 110 57 26.3W), and Esker (63 31 3N, 110 54 59W).