Kennady North Diamond Project

Regions: South Slave Region

Tags: physical sciences, water quality, hydrology

Principal Investigator: Panayi, Damian (11)
Licence Number: 15921
Organization: Golder Associates
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016
Issued: Jul 20, 2016
Project Team: Tim Ensom (Hydrologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), Credence Wood (Water Quality Technician, Golder Associates Ltd.), Clayton James (Fisheries Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), Kim Driedger (Aquatic Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), Kelly Bourassa (Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), Emily Nichol (Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.), Damian Panayi (Biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.)

Objective(s): To document existing environmental conditions surrounding the Kennady North Diamond Project.

Project Description: The objective of this research is to document existing environmental conditions surrounding the Kennady North Diamond Project.

Hydrology studies include the measurement of selected lake inflow and outflow and stream profile through field surveys, and installation of data loggers to continually monitor lake levels through the open-water season. Hydrology studies will be initiated during the spring freshet and continue until fall. Equipment will include survey rod and level, flow measuring rod and gauge, data logger and installation tools.

Water quality studies include the collection of water samples from selected lakes to document lake water chemistry and physical parameters in summer and winter. Equipment will include auger, kemmerer and water parameter meter.

Aquatic ecosystem studies include collection of phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthic invertebrates, and lake bed sediments in selected lakes.

Fish health studies may include fish community and health surveys in lakes and streams using various sampling methods (including small-mesh gill netting, angling, baited minnow trapping and shoreline electrofishing), documenting fish habitat in selected lakes and streams, documentation of fish movement and spawning areas using tagging studies, and population estimates using hydro-acoustic surveys.

Vegetation studies may include documenting plant species composition surrounding the Project. Soil characteristics may be documented through collection of soil samples in conjunction with vegetation studies. Dustfall monitoring may also be initiated through deployment of passive dustfall collectors.
Groundwater may be studied through the installation of thermistors and wells in existing drill holes.

Field assistants will be required for some tasks. The research team plan to use NWT staff already employed at the Kennady Diamonds camp at Kelvin Lake. Training will be provided on the job.

Engagement Plan has been filed with the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (Land Use Permit MV2013C0023). Results of this study and other Project updates will be regularly provided to surrounding communities.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from July 20, 2016 to September 30, 2016.