Combined Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessment of Ten Sites; Norris Lake Gold Exploration Site, River Lake Portage Dump, Wijinnedi Lake Exploration Site, Martin House Fuel Cache, Pine Point Railbed

Regions: Gwich'in Settlement Area, North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: contaminants, environmental assessment, environmental impact, hazardous materials

Principal Investigator: Zawacky, Summer R (2)
Licence Number: 15140
Organization: Columbia Environmental Consulting Ltd.
Licensed Year(s): 2012
Issued: Aug 20, 2012
Project Team: Dave Diplock (Senior Review & Site Assessor, Columbia Environmental Consulting Ltd. ), Graham Martens (Project Manager & Site Assessor, Columbia Environmental Consulting Ltd. ), Summer Zawacky (Site Assessor, Columbia Environmental Consulting Ltd. ), Elliott Tonasket (Site Assessor, Columbia Environmental Consulting Ltd. ), Wildlife Monitor (Wildlife Monitor, Unknown)

Objective(s): To complete comprehensive site investigations at each location (10 in total) to determine environmental and physical conditions. This will include the identification and quantification of environmental impacts in soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater, and the identification of any hazardous or non-hazardous materials left on site.

Project Description: The objective of this study is to complete comprehensive site investigations at each location (10 in total) to determine environmental and physical conditions. This will include the identification and quantification of environmental impacts in soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater, and the identification of any hazardous or non-hazardous materials left on site.

Columbia personnel will follow all prescribed Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) methodologies, Health and Safety requirements, and technical sampling protocols. The following activities will take place at the sites: Soil Sampling, Sediment Sampling, Surface Water Sampling, Groundwater Sampling, Rock Sampling, and Building Material Sampling. All samples will be collected with shovels, hand augers, and battery powered pumps in laboratory supplied jars, plastic bottles, and bags. Each Site will be visited for 1 to 3 consecutive days depending on the size and complexity of the site, with the sampling for each location completed during the Site visits.

The information collected will be helpful for planning any future investigations and/or clean-up of contaminated sites, which will be beneficial to the local communities by removing potentially harmful waste and materials from the environment and local food chain. There are opportunities for incorporation of local knowledge, stakeholder meetings and input, and to voice cultural concerns (such as archaeologically sensitive areas) regarding the findings of the assessment.

The results will be compiled in a comprehensive report and presented to AANDC, to be made available to the public upon request.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from August 20, 2012 to September 27, 2012.