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What is EARMP?

Initiated in 2011 the Eastern Athabasca Regional Monitoring Program (EARMP) is an environmental monitoring program in northern Saskatchewan. It was designed to monitor potential cumulative impacts downstream of uranium mining and milling operations and nearby seven communities in the Athabasca region of northern Saskatchewan.

What do you sample?

Water, fish (lake trout and lake whitefish), berries (cranberry and/or blueberry) and mammal chemistry (caribou and/or moose) are collected as part of the EARMP community sampling program each year. In addition, during the first year (2011) of the program soil chemistry and characterization was also completed.

For the technical program water, fish, and sediment chemistry as well as benthic invertebrate community data are collected as each year.

Where do you sample?

The EARMP community study area includes seven communities in northern Saskatchewan including; Black Lake, Stony Rapids, Fond du Lac, Wollaston Lake/Hatchet Lake, Uranium City and Camsell Portage.

In addition, the technical sampling program collects samples from waterbodies located downstream of past and present uranium mining and milling operations including, Crackingstone Inlet in Lake Athabasca, Fond du Lac River, Cochrane River, and Waterbury Lake. Reference sampling locations are also sampled for the technical program including Ellis Bay near Camsell Portage, Cree Lake, and Pasfield Lake.

Where are the samples submitted?

Water, fish, sediment, soil and country foods samples are submitted to Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) in Saskatoon. SRC is certified and accredited by the Canadian Association for Environmental Analytical Laboratories (CALA) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). As such, SRC adheres to strict QA/QC standards and protocols.

Preserved benthic invertebrate samples are sorted and keyed according to the latest methods and taxonomic keys by a qualified taxonomist, Dr. Jack Zloty, a Professor Emeritus from the University of Calgary.

All fish ageing structures are removed and submitted to Northshore Environmental Services for ageing analysis.

What are the samples tested for?

Parameters which have historically been identified in the uranium mining and milling environmental assessment process as parameters of concern (POPCs) are tested for including metals, radionuclide’s, and trace metals.

Who provides the funding for the program?

The Eastern Athabasca Regional Monitoring Program (EARMP) is funded under the Province of Saskatchewan’s Boreal Watershed Initiative in partnership with Cameco Corporation (Cameco) and AREVA Resources Canada Inc. (AREVA).

Who performs the sample collection and manages the EARMP program?

Canada North Environmental Services (CanNorth) is a Saskatchewan based company that has been providing environmental services, particularly in northern Saskatchewan to Canadian industrial and resource developments, government agencies, and Aboriginal and local communities for over 30 years. The company is 100% owned by Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership (KMLP), the investment arm of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. In addition to providing employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, CanNorth is unique as an environmental consulting company in that all profits directly benefit Aboriginal people. CanNorth has also achieved ISO 9001:2008 and recently achieved ISO 14001:2004 certifications.

For the EARMP CanNorth works directly with Aboriginal residents in the seven Athabasca based communities to collect both the technical and community samples for the EARMP. In addition to environmental services, CanNorth also provides services related to communication between Aboriginal and local communities and mining developments.

How do I find out the results and who has access to the data?

A fundamental objective of the EARMP program is to provide the public access to all information collected.  To that end, all of the data, the report, and appendices are available electronically for download in our reports section.

How do I contact those involved with EARMP if I have questions or concerns regarding the program?

If you would like to know more about the EARMP program or have any questions or concerns please send us an email at info@earmp.ca. We would be happy to hear from you and will get back to you in a timely manner.