Diavik Aquatic Effects Monitoring Program
Principal Investigator: Wells, David A (7)
Licence Number: 15210
Organization: Diavik Diamond Mines (2012) Inc.
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Issued: Mar 08, 2013
Project Team: Dwight Grabke (Environment Supervisor, Diavik), Kristin Moore (Environment Supervisor, Diavik), Darcy Bourassa (Environment Technician, Diavik), Dianne Dul (Environment Technician, Diavik), Justin Grandjambe (Environmnet Technician, Diavik), TBD (Seasonal Technician, Diavik), TBD (Seasonal Technician, Diavik)

Objective(s): To revisit fixed sample stations at near-field, mid-field and far-field sites over the course of the year in an effort to determine any seasonal variation that may exist and confirm impact predictions. The study will encompass the following water based parameters: water quality, zooplankton & phytoplankton biomass and taxonomy, benthic invertebrate analysis and sediment chemistry. This program also includes dust monitoring and small & large body fish health (Slimy Sculpin).

Project Description: To revisit fixed sample stations at near-field, mid-field and far-field sites over the course of the year in an effort to determine any seasonal variation that may exist and confirm impact predictions. The study will encompass the following water based parameters: water quality, zooplankton & phytoplankton biomass and taxonomy, benthic invertebrate analysis and sediment chemistry. This program also includes dust monitoring and small & large body fish health (Slimy Sculpin).

Equipment: Beta bottle, ekman sampler, sedimer corer, plankton net, secchi disk, depth- integrated sampler, snow corer,
dust gauges.
- Samples ( all values include provisions for QA/QC)
- Phosphorous & Nitrogen: 134 Samples
- Sediment: 84 Samples
- Benthic Invertebrates:40 Composite
- Zooplankton: 152 Samples
- Phytoplankton: 32 Samples
- Chlorophyll a: 76 Samples
- Dust( particulate): 120
- Dust (Snow corers/ water chemistry): 28
- Dust ( Snow corers/particulate): 28

Two individuals will be selected from the local communities to participate in the above-noted program, in addition to our other regulated programs. These positions are Seasonal term positions that run April until September

DDMI Supplies this information to the following boards and government organizations: WLWB, DFO, AAND and EMAB. Summary Information is provided in DDMI's Annual Environmental Agreement report, which is produced every year. The executive summary of this report is translated into several languages.


The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from March 15, 2013 to September 15, 2013.