IDM

Aquatic Resources EA Baseline and Permitting for the Red Mountain Gold Project

Freshwater expertise and permitting for proposed underground gold and silver mine in Northern BC.

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About

IDM Mining’s Red Mountain Underground Gold Project is a proposed gold mine, 15km from the town of Stewart in northeastern British Columbia.

The project is situated within the rugged valley of Bitter Creek, which drains a steep, glaciated basin. Bitter Creek flows into Bear River, which flows into the Portland Canal at Stewart. Palmer was brought onboard to provide freshwater permitting expertise for the Project.

Leadership
  • May Mason Vice President, Aquatic Ecologist
  • Rick Palmer President, Fisheries Biologist
  • Robin McKillop Principal, Geomorphologist
Client
IDM
Services
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Water Quality
Date
January 2016 — Ongoing

What We are Doing

The Application for an Environmental Certificate for the project was submitted in fall 2016 and is now approved. In early 2016, IDM retained the PECG team to provide freshwater expertise for the Environmental Impact Statement application. Palmer completed the effects assessments for water quality and aquatic ecology. The scope of work also covered a review of the aquatic baseline report to identify critical data gaps, providing input to the Valued Component (VC) selection document and preliminary draft Application Information Requirements, and preparation of relevant environmental management plans. Later, Palmer was asked to expand its scope to lead the Fisheries Act permitting for the Project. The Palmer team has also provided responses to requests for information from regulatory agencies under tight timelines, to advance on schedule toward mine development.

Aquatic Ecology

Industry-leading fisheries science consulting and aquatic services assisting in minimizing project effects on fish and complying with environmental legislation. Assessment of fish population dynamics, food web interactions, fish health and aquatic habitats amid human-induced impacts supporting monitoring, permitting and habitat compensation planning.

Water Quality

Water Quality refers to the balance of differentiated inputs both chemical, physical, and biological to a specific water body over time. An integral part of environmental permitting and assessment for numerous industries who must characterize their outputs against government regulation and the needs of water using stakeholders.