Project Title: Environmental Effects of Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic.
Client: Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP; Oslo, Norway), through the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs (Ottawa).
Summary: AMAP is conducting an assessment of oil and gas activity in the Arctic in response to a request from the Arctic Council, which is comprised of Ministers from the 8 Arctic countries. NECA is leading the section of the report on environmental effects to the terrestrial ecosystem. The assessment has been submitted to the Ministers in January 2008.
Presentation of the results of this portion of the assessment at the 2008 Science Frontiers Conference in Tromso, Norway are available here.
Project Title: Contaminants in the Aquatic and Terrestrial Food Webs at Port Radium and Echo Bay mine properties, NWT (2001-2006).
Client: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Canada/Deline Uranium Committee, Deline, NT.
Summary: Radionuclides and metals were analysed in sediments, fish, water, and soil from the Port Radium mine on Great Bear Lake in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2006. Northern Environmental Consulting was responsible for the collection and statistical analysis of naturally-occurring radionuclides in representative plant species and soils at Port Radium in 2001 and 2005. The company was also responsible for the collection and analysis of fish species that are part of the traditional diet of the local Dene (2001, 2006). The data were subsequently used for ecological and human health risk assessment for the development of the remediation plan.
Project Title: Submission to Status of the Environment reports for the NWT, the Sahtu, Thaydene Nene and the West Kitikmeot Slave Study Area (2005, 2006, 2007).
Client: SENES Consultants for INAC, GNWT and Lutsel K’e First Nation
Summary: Northern Environmental Consulting was contracted by SENES Consultants to provide reviews of the state of terrestrial species in the NWT, the Sahtu region, the Thaydene Nene protected area and the WKSS. The process entailed the selection of Valued Ecosystem Components (VEC) and a review of the current information on the status and threats to those populations. Information was collected from government agencies and the scientific literature to identify population trends and gaps in current knowledge.
Project Title: Inorganic contaminants at the Contact Lake and El Bonanza Mines, NWT (2006, 2008) and North Inca, Indore and Hottah mines, NWT (2007).
Client: SENES Consultants for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Yellowknife
Summary: As part of a site assessment by SENES Consultants, Northern Environmental Consulting collected soils and plant species to determine the levels of metals and radionuclides entering the terrestrial food web. At some sites, the data were used for ecological and human risk assessment. Northern Environmental also collected fish in waters adjacent to Contact Laker and Indore mines to determine if contaminants on the site were migrating into the local waters.
Project Title: Status of the terrestrial environment of Great Bear Lake (2004).
Client: CIMP,Sahtu Renewable Resources Board, Great Bear Lake Technical Working Group.
Summary Indian and Northern Affairs, in partnership with federal and territorial agencies, First Nations and co-management boards in the Sahtu, is developing a land use plan to preserve the unique nature of Great Bear Lake from development. Northern Environmental submitted two reports on the traditional knowledge of the residents of Déline (as determined through interviews with elders and active harvesters) and the status of the terrestrial environment.
Project Title: Design and development of monitoring of the aquatic and terrestrial systems at the Colomac mine site, NWT (2002, 2003, 2004).
Client: Public Works (Edmonton)/Indian and Northern Affairs (Contaminant and Remediation Directorate, Yellowknife).
Summary Northern Environmental Consulting designed a field assessment program for the collection of water, sediments, fish, soils and plants at the Colomac mine site in the NWT. The company also assisted in the collection and coordination of the analysis and interpretation of plant and soil samples in the terrestrial system. Biological and chemical parameters were used to estimate the cumulative impact of mining conditions on the aquatic and terrestrial systems.
Project Title: Radionuclides concentrations in food and environmental samples around Great Bear Lake.
Client: Deline Uranium Team/ Canada-Deline Uranium Team (CDUT) and the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board (SRRB) (2002).
Summary Northern Environmental Consulting has been involved with the sampling and analysis of caribou and other food samples. One project for the Deline Uranium Team involved collecting sediment and water around Port Radium and in other areas of Great Bear Lake. Caribou of the Bluenose-east caribou herd were collected by the SRRB and analysed by Northern Environmental for metals and radionuclides. Food studies were conducted by Northern Environmental and community members in 2002 and 2003 in Deline to determine the levels of radionuclides and metals in traditional foods
Project Title: Research on the distribution and dosimetry of naturally-occurring radionuclides in caribou in Canada’s North (1991-1998)
Client: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Health Canada
Summary: A research project was conducted in conjunction with Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development (RWED, NWT) to determine the concentrations of naturally-occurring radionuclides (NORM) (Ra-226, Pb-210, Po-210) and cesium-137 in caribou tissues. Activities involved analysis of muscle, liver and kidney for alpha and gamma-emitting nuclides, estimation of dose to the animals, and statistical analysis of trends. The research concluded with a paper published in Science of the Total Environment (1996). A second project for Health Canada complied data on cesium-137 produced during the