Environmental Baseline Program Colomac Area (Indin Lake), N.W.T.
Principal Investigator: Kalich, Laura (1)
Licence Number: 12882
Organization: NAPEGG, NWT Chamber of Mines, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce
Licensed Year(s): 1996
Issued: Jun 28, 1996
Project Team: staff of Vista Engineering and Renewable Resource & Environment Committee of the Dogrib Dene

Objective(s): The proposed workplan for the Environmental Baseline Study is based on the development of an all-weather road from the Royal Oak's two remote mineral deposits to Colomac Mine. Objectives of this workplan are as follows: 1. To conduct an environmeal baseline program which will adequately describe the natural environment (including seasonal variations) of the key valued ecosystem components in the study area. 2. To collect and prepare environmental information in such a way that satisfies various government regulatory agencies and would be defensible in professional and public forums. 3. To collect an environmental data base to subsequently plan for and implement appropriate mitigation measures for the life of the project.

Project Description: The work will include seven aspects of research. Water quality will be done through a number of sampling locations at different times of the year. A hydrology study will measure high water discharge and stage measurements at seven streams in the vicinity of the proposed all-weather road. Bathymetric surveys will conducted on lex lake and six smaller un-named lakes in the vicinity of the proposed road. Sampling of sediments in key lakes in the study area will be conducted. Eight streams will be surveyed in order to document fish habitat and utilization. Baseline data will also be collected on fish species composition, relative abundance, age, size and habitat of principle lakes in the vicinity of road. A preliminary reconnaissance will be conducted to observe heritage resources in the study area. Two elders from the Treaty 11 Renewable Resource Environmental Committee, with the assistance of an interpreter, will be retained for this preliminary purpose. No archeological excavation or specimen removal will be conducted during this program. A literature review of relevant environmental documentation concerning wildlife, vegetation, geography, traditional knowledge, and climatology will be conducted.