Amituk Lake: Trace Organic Contaminants in an Arctic Aquatic System
Principal Investigator: Semkin, Raymond (1)
Licence Number: 12670
Organization: Environment Canada
Licensed Year(s): 1994
Issued: Jan 01, 1994
Project Team: B. Strachan, M. Fox, M. Hanna, R. Neureuther, M. Mawhinney, S. Kinney, P. Amarualik, M. Alaee, R. Rowsell, D. Jeffries

Objective(s): To operate an experimental basin in the high Arctic for the purpose of determining a detailed hydrologic and contaminant budget; to measure within the basin the flux of organic contaminants and specificions during the winter accumulation and snow melt seasons; to investigate and quantify the key biotic and abiotic processes controling contaminant fate and dynamics in Arctic freshwater systems; and to develop and calibrate contaminant transport models on a basin scale.

Project Description: Amituk Lake and the east coast of Cornwallis Island is a research site for documenting the occurence and movement of organic and inorganic contminants from winter snowpack into a freshwater lake. Numerous tests for snowpack water content and chemistry are carried out before snowmelt begins. Chemical and flow measurements are also taken at 6 streams and the lake outlet.