There are both direct and indirect connections between a changing climate and water quantity and quality. These climate-induced changes can easily impact a community’s source water if they occur within a source water watershed; proving harmful to the supply of community fresh water. The protection of source (raw) water is critical to ensuring the sustainability of clean community drinking water and local ecosystem health and function. There exists an immense lack of detailed data in regards to source water landscapes, the hydrological regime, and water quality for most Nunavut communities. Local community researchers from Pond Inlet with the aid of University research mentors will measure and monitor various biophysical and hydrological variables for the development of local hydrological models to explore future climate change scenario impacts of climate change. Watersheds adjacent to the Hamlet of Pond Inlet, where community members draw raw water from, will be the focus of this research. The data and knowledge that is gathered will be used to build water quality indices based on physical measures and local knowledge to build multi-criteria decision making tools to aid in community based source water protection planning. The long-term goal is to spread the development capacity and project framework to other Arctic communities.We will accomplish this through the following objectives:1) To implement a novel research framework based on community leadership, cultural relevance, and youth skills development for advancing monitoring capacity in Nunavut;2) Develop an integrated local watershed-monitoring program using field and satellite-based data that integrates climate (weather), landscape parameters (vegetation, soils, permafrost), hydrological conditions (stream flow, water level) and water quality measures (bacterial loads, benthic invertebrates). 3) Record and map traditional knowledge regrading community water access and use3) Design streamlined cost-effective methods for the development of Arctic Community Water Quality Indices to build multi-criteria decision making tools for water protection planning.This project will be based within the community of Pond Inlet. Local researchers and mentors will access local watershed sample sites (ATV, Snowmachine, hike) periodically through the melt season to install water quality sensors, and retrieve water samples (<5 L/day). Additionally, land based measures with the research watersheds will include measurements of; active layer depth, soil temperature, soil samples (<250g/sample).
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NIRB 125276 / 18YN008: Notice of Screening and Comment Request for Ryerson's "Arctic Community Source Water Catchments" Project Proposal
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Dear David M Atkinson:
Please see the attached correspondence from the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB or Board) regarding Ryerson University's (Ryerson) “Spatially Distributed Modelling of Carbon, Water, and Nutrient Fluxes for Arctic Community Source Water Catchments" project proposal.
NIRB File No.: 18YN008
Project Name: Spatially Distributed Modelling of Carbon, Water, and Nutrient Fluxes for Arctic Community Source Water Catchments
Project Proponent: Ryerson University
Project Type: Research
Location: Qikiqtani (North Baffin)
Comments Requested by: May 28, 2018
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