Aquatic Effects Monitoring Program 2008

Regions: North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: physical sciences, aquatic ecosystems, mining impacts, water quality, phytoplankton, zooplankton, limnology

Principal Investigator: MacDonald, Gord (2)
Licence Number: 14321
Organization: Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Issued: Apr 01, 2008
Project Team: Colleen English (Sr. Environmental Coordinator, DDMI), Scott Morrison (Sr. Environmental Coordinator, DDMI), Stephen Bourn (Sr. Environmental Coordinator, DDMI), Karl Cox (Environmental Coordinator, DDMI), Seth Bohnet (Environmental Coordinator, DDMI), Justin Grandjambe (Environmental Technician, DDMI), David Dewar (Environmental Technician, DDMI), Unknown - 4 positions (Seasonal Environmental Technicians, DDMI)

Objective(s): The objective of this study is to determine any seasonal variation in water quality, zooplankton & phytoplankton biomass and taxonomy, benthic invertebrate analysis and sediment chemistry, and will also include dust monitoring.

Project Description: The objective of this study is to determine any seasonal variation in water quality, zooplankton & phytoplankton biomass and taxonomy, benthic invertebrate analysis and sediment chemistry, and will also include dust monitoring.

Transportation will be by boat, snow machine, and helicopter. Samples will be taken for water chemistry, phosphorous & nitrogen, sediment, benthic invertebrates, zooplankton, phytoplankton, chlorophyll a, and dust.

Results are supplied to WLWB, DFO, EC, INAC and EMAB, and a summary is provided in DDMI's Annual Environmental Agreement report. The executive summary is translated into several languages. DDMI also gives updates during community visits over the year.
Four seasonal positions are available to local communities, with support given to the Environmental Monitor Training Program offered by Aurora College when selecting these candidates.
Fieldwork will be conducted from April 01 to October 15, 2008 at Diavik Diamond Mine, Lac de Gras (64"30'N, 110"30' W).