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The sources and fate of glacially-derived nutrients, microbes and vegetation (148507)
Proposal Status: Closed w/o Conformity Determination
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Ashley
Company: University of Alberta
Schedule:
Start Date: 2017-07-01
End Date: 2017-08-31
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
The Canadian Arctic Archipelago has experienced rapid and extensive ice retreat over the last few decades, with ice mass loss having accelerated since the early 2000s. La Farge et al. (2013) observed plant communities, recently exposed along glacial margins in Sverdrup Pass, Ellesmere Island, to have regenerative capabilities following 400 years of entombment. This discovery has advanced knowledge of bryophytes and their role in High Arctic ecological succession. This project aims to contribute to this research by expanding its regional distribution and studying the effects of melt-water geochemistry on plant regeneration.
Personnel:
Persons: 10
Days: 10
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
2208 polygon
Planning Regions:
Kivalliq
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NTI:
NWB:
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Twin Otter 2 n/a drop off/pick up
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 1 25 Liters 1000 W generator
Propane 2 30 Liters cooking
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 pail Local glacier ice/melt water
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
While working in the Sverdrup Pass, every effort will be made to minimize our impacts on the watershed. Our camp will be minimial (small sleeping tents, cook tent and a work tent) and all material will be removed from site after the field program. Minimal quantities of glacier ice and/or meltwater will be used as domestic water. Greywater and all waste will be backhauled to Resolute bay at the end of the field program.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 0.1 m3 N/A Burried
Sewage (human waste) 15 kg N/A Backhaul to Resolute Bay
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2017-04-20
Originator: Ashley
Public Registry ID: 12473
Document Size: 92.16 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-05-12
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 12638
Document Size: 183.36 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2017-05-05
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 12555
Document Size: 2446.56 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2017-05-05
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 12556
Document Size: 302.5 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2017-05-05
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 12557
Document Size: 94.5 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2017-05-05
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 12558
Document Size: 40 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2017-05-05
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 12559
Document Size: 480 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2017-05-05
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 12560
Document Size: 321.5 Kb
Category: Application related document - Email Capture Attachment
Recieved: 2017-05-05
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 12561
Document Size: 26 Kb
2017-04-20 20:09:38, from: Ashley
 I (Ashley Dubnick) will be in the field with no access to communication until May 22. For questions or concerns during this time, please contact John England at (780) 492-5673 (W); (780) 922-2470 (H) or englandj@ualberta.ca

2017-04-21 17:33:14, from: Alana Vigna
 Hello John, Can you confirm if the answers provided on the questionnaire tab are correct? In addition, what permits or licences are required (if any) for this research? Has this research been screened by the Nunavut Impact Review Board in the past? If so, can you please provide the NIRB file number? Thank you, Alana Vigna

NORTH BAFFIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.
YES

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.
YES

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.
YES

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?
YES

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?
YES

HERITAGE RESOURCES
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?
YES

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
YES
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
YES

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
NO
ii. If no, explain why.
We are looking at subglacial vegetation only and will share our results with local communities and NRI. We don't have the resources or staff to add to the current dutires that will have to be completed within our 10 day visit to the Teardrop Glacier, and any delays caused by weather will make our time constraints even greater.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
NO
ii. If no, explain why it is not possible.
We have no funding available to hire additional members of this small group. The cost of transportation to the north and cost recovery by Polar Continental Shelf already exhausts our budget and we have had to cut back on several areas in order to operate. Support for Arctic research from ubiversity groups is at an all time low and we will likely not be able to return in future years.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re
YES