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  • NIRB File No:

    18YN041

  • Application No.:

    125365

  • Project Type:

    Scientific Research

  • Project Name:

    Characterizing Iqaluit's baseline municipal wastewater contaminant loadings to the marine environment

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The University of Manitoba (Dr. Mark Hanson, Department of Environment and Geography) and University of Winnipeg (Dr. Charles Wong, Department of Chemistry) are proposing to evaluate the City of Iqaluit’s wastewater effluent for contaminants. Our overall objective is to better understand the risks, if any, wastewater might pose to ecosystems or human health within Frobisher Bay. We plan to measure contaminants at sites in Frobisher Bay near Iqaluit influenced by wastewater effluent, and at reference locations, distant from any wastewater sources. Work will be carried out between 2018-2022 by Drs. Hanson and Wong, their students, and with the assistance of local guides and field technicians from Iqaluit. Sampling will be accomplished by deploying small devices (“passive samplers”) in the water column for several weeks that will take up the contaminants of interest or by collecting small volumes of water (approximately 2L) for analysis. No environmental modification or damage will occur as a result of the proposed sampling approaches. Chemical and biological analysis will occur in Winnipeg or other labs. To understand if season matters for contaminant concentrations, we will collect samples in the summer and winter This will let us know how well the wastewater treatment plant works and how far wastewater extends into Frobisher Bay at different times of year. By comparing the contaminant levels near Iqaluit with those from reference sites, we will determine the relative importance of local sources, such as wastewater discharges, vs. long-range sources, such as ocean water and the atmosphere. The contaminants to be measured include microplastics, nutrients, contaminants of emerging concern (e.g., pharmaceuticals), and microbial contaminants (e,g., E. coli and antibiotic resistant bacteria). We also hope to deploy and sample in the drinking water source for the City of Iqaluit. Data will be made freely available to the public and other interested parties and yearly public updates in Iqaluit will take place. We encourage interested members of the public to get in touch with ideas or concerns they may have related to wastewater in Nunavut.This project will enable the collection of coastal environmental baseline data to help better understand the current state of the ecosystem in the Iqaluit region, Frobisher Bay, and surrounding areas as it relates to wastewater contaminants. The project will also contribute to the capacity building in Nunavut to collect environmental data into the future. Results will not only provide an open source of data to compare between regions and over time, but may also support evidence-based decision-making (such as traditional harvesting, infrastructure development, city planning, public health policy).

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • Application screening started 2018-07-11
  • Commenting in progress 2018-07-12
Region
  • South Baffin
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2018-07-12 13:51:05

NIRB 125365 / 18YN041: Notice of Screening and Comment Request for U of M's Characterizing Iqaluit's baseline municipal wastewater contaminant loadings to the marine environment" Project Proposal


    Dear Mark Hanson:

    Please see the attached correspondence from the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) regarding University of Manitoba’s (U of M) “Characterizing Iqaluit's baseline municipal wastewater contaminant loadings to the marine environment" project proposal.

    NIRB File No.: 18YN041
    Project Name: Characterizing Iqaluit's baseline municipal wastewater contaminant loadings to the marine environment"
    Project Proponent: University of Manitoba (U of M)
    Project Type: Research
    Location: Qikiqtani (South Baffin) Region
    Comments Requested by: July 23, 2018

    The NIRB is copying parties potentially affected by this project and we invite interested persons to comment directly to the NIRB regarding:

  • Whether the project proposal is likely to arouse significant public concern; and if so, why;
  • Whether the project proposal is likely to cause significant adverse eco-systemic or socio-economic effects; and if so, why;
  • Whether the project proposal is likely to cause significant adverse impacts on wildlife habitat or Inuit harvest activities; if so, why;
  • Whether the project proposal is of a type where the potential adverse effects are highly predictable and mitigable with known technology, (please provide any recommended mitigation measures); and
  • Any matter of importance to the Party related to the project proposal.

    You can submit comments to the NIRB by our on line public registry at www.nirb.ca or via e-mail at info@nirb.ca or via fax to 867-983-2594.

    All documents received and pertaining to this project proposal can be obtained from the NIRB’s online public registry at www.nirb.ca by using any of the following search criteria:
  • Project Name: Characterizing Iqaluit's baseline municipal wastewater contaminant loadings to the marine environment
  • NIRB File No.: 18YN041
  • Application No.: 125365

    The NIRB has attached a Public Notice of Screening in English, French and Inuktitut for interested parties and Municipalities to post on local bulletin boards within your community.

    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Jaida Ohokannoak, Technical Advisor II directly at (867) 983-4609 or by email at johokannoak@nirb.ca.

    Best Regards,

    Andrea Omilgoitok
    Environmental Administrator

    Nunavut Impact Review Board
    29 Mitik Street
    P.O. Box 1360
    Cambridge Bay
    NU, X0B 0C0 Canada
    Phone: (867) 983-4600
    Toll Free: 1-866-233-3033
    Fax: (867) 983-2594
    Email: info@nirb.ca
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