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Published on: September 16, 2009
Nunavut Research Institute is leading research this summer to learn more about the changing conditions of Iqaluit’s streams and rivers.We are trying to describe the diversity of insects that live in the bottom of Apex River and Airport Creek. We collect insects from the bottom of the stream using a kick-net; we sample both fast and slow flowing sections, and we measure the stream width, depth, and water chemistry.
We are also collecting baseline information on the levels of bacteria in various areas of Apex River, Airport Creek and Sylvia Grinnel rivers. Insects are identified and water samples are tested at the NRI water quality lab in Iqaluit.
Our goal is to build expertise in Iqaluit to monitor changes in the health of local streams and rivers and to share this expertise with other communities. We are taking steps to have our water quality laboratory accredited.
We hope to secure funding to begin working with local elders in 2010 to better understand the ecology of local streams and rivers and to identify Inuktitut names for our specimens.
If you have any questions about our work, or would like to visit our water quality lab, please contact me at 867-979-7290 or email at jamal.shirley[at]arcticcollege.ca
Author: Jamal Shirley
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