Artemis Gold
Mine Permitting for Blackwater Project

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Palmer conducted fisheries assessments and natural channel design for habitat offsetting (compensation) in support of a mine permit in central British Columbia.

Project Sector
Project Services
  • Fish & Aquatic Resources

Project Description

Palmer was originally engaged by New Gold to assist with a fish habitat offsetting plan for the Blackwater Project, a proposed gold-silver mine located 160 km southwest of Prince George, British Columbia. The project was later purchased by current operator, Artemis Gold.

Continued development of the mine site required the damming of Davidson Creek, home to both Rainbow Trout and Kokanee. Our work resolved all issues related to fish and fish habitat as part of the Environmental Assessment (EA) application. This is one of the few projects in Canada to undergo a Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) review due to the novel approach suggested in our work.

Our collaboration with the Nechako Environment and Wastewater Stewardship Society (NEWSS) helped to identify cattle-impacted ranch land streams as potential habitat for restoration/enhancement. We conducted baseline studies and water quality technical assessments, as well as identifying fish habitat offsetting locations and the development of a fish salvage plan in support of a DFO Fisheries Act Authorization and Schedule 2 amendment. Through community engagement, First Nations consultation and field assessment, natural channel designs for more than 100,000 square metres of fish habitat were developed.

The technical expertise provided by our team included in-stream flow needs, fish genetic diversity and imprinting, water chemistry and temperature effects, and natural channel design.

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