Water Quality Monitoring at the Site Of a Proposed Base Metal Mining Complex

CIM Bulletin, 1973

W. C. FERGUSON, Superintendent, Environmental Engineering, The International Nickel Company of Canada, Limited, Toronto, Ontario R. WHITEHEAD, Sanitary Chemist, R. BLAND, Biologist, and C. J. EDMONDS, Manager, Water Treatment & Wastes Disposal, James F. Maclaren Limited, Toronto, Ont

In 1969, the Environmental Science Division of James F. MacLaren Limited received authorization from The International Nickel Company of Canada, Limited to carry out a water quality monitoring program in the Lake Shebandowan region of Ontario, where a new base metal mining and milling complex was expected to go into operation in 1972. The objective of the program is to establish base-line water quality characteristics. Fully realizing their corporate responsibility to minimize the effects of t he proposed activities on the environment, Inco decided that it would be desirable to establish a program by which any change in the quality of environmental waters will be detected before detrimental conditions ensue, permitting prompt corrective measures to be taken. The program has been in progress for over two years. The waters are sampled and analyzed four to six times per year. Sampling stations are located in Lake Shebandowan and on the adjacent Gold Creek - Matawin River system. On-site analyses and measurements are made of flow, dissolved oxygen, temperature and pH. Samples also are collected for later analysis in the laboratory. These samples are analyzed for a wide range of chemical and biological characteristics. The paper discusses t he extent of the sampling program, the techniques utilized and t he value of such programs in maintaining the quality of the environment.
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