Snap Lake Project, Environmental Baseline Survey
Principal Investigator: Schryer, Rick P. (9)
Licence Number: 13189
Organization: Golder Associates
Licensed Year(s): 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2002 2001 2000 1999
Issued: May 18, 2001
Project Team: Dr. Derek Melton, Daryl Johanssen, Dr. Robin Johnstone, Dr John Virgl, Damian Panayi, Martin Rawlings, Greg Unrau, Hilary Machtans, Amy Langhorne

Objective(s): The objective of the proposed baseline program is to further establish baseline environmental conditions pertaining to air, water and wildlife resources. Traditional knowledge will also be gathered to help define the field studies and to document environmental conditions and areas of concern to the local communities (scope and objectives to be determined in up-coming community meetings). Information gathered during the field season will build on existing information and will be used to : (1) Access environmental changes that may occur due to sampling operations; and (2) Establish the background environmental condition for comparison with monitoring data to be collected in the future.

Project Description: The environmental study will examine air, water, wildlife resources and traditional knowledge. All transportation will be by foot, helicopter and boat. To examine the aquatic environment of Snap Lake, water samples will be taken, a snow course survey will be done and stream flow measurements will be taken. The vegetation study will include a literature review of plant distributions and a field inventory. Air quality studies will include collection of 3 Hi-vol dust samples on site, collection of weather data and evaluation of noise emissions and impacts. Field personnel will fly to Snap Lake. Traditional knowledge gathering will be limited to summary information given to the researchers by community groups. Wildlife research will consist of a monitoring program which incorporates all Valued Ecosystem Components .