Iqaluit hydro dams could affect Arctic char, say officials
The Nunavut Government is concerned about the impact a proposed hydroelectric project near Iqaluit could have on local habitat and wildlife.
The Qulliq Energy Corporation hopes to install two hydroelectric dams — one at Tungatalik or Armshow South and the other at Jaynes Inlet.
The power company is doing studies at the sites, which includes a field camp at Armshow South until the fall.
Both the Nunavut Government and Nunavut Tourism voiced their concerns in submissions to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB).
The government says the dams could have a negative impact on Arctic char populations. It's also worried the Armshow South Lake along the Kimmirut Trail could rise by about 25 metres, causing flooding in the areas around Cabin 1 and 2.
Nunavut Tourism told the NIRB it wants to ensure the snowmobile trails in that area remain accessible.
Consultations on the proposed project continue.