Environmental Effects Monitoring

Environmental Effects Monitoring

Our key people have designed and implemented environmental effects monitoring programs for industry clients in the metal mining, oil sands, municipal wastewater, pulp & paper, and textile sectors across Canada and internationally. We have provided advice to local, provincial and federal agencies on the design of monitoring programs and the interpretation of resulting data.


Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (RAMP)


Clearwater river near Fort McMuray, Alberta

Clearwater river near Fort McMuray, Alberta

RAMP is the aquatic-environment monitoring program conducted by the oil sands developers in northern Alberta. RAMP involves the sampling of water and sediment quality, fish communities, sentinel fish populations, and benthic communities in the Athabasca River and its major tributaries. Since 2000, Dr. Kilgour has been the invertebrate community component lead for RAMP in association with Hatfield Consultants Ltd. The RAMP is carried out annually, and involves the collection of samples in areas known to be influenced by oil sands development, as well as in areas unaffected by development.



In 2014, Kilgour & Associates is contracted with Hatfield Consultants, to continue the work of monitoring activities in the Oil Sands region through the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Program. This is now the 12th year for our key staff being involved in the program. We look forward to contributing to our knowledge of the health of the Athabasca River and its major tributaries.



Totten Mine EEM


Totten Mine head frame

Totten Mine head frame

The Totten Mine is situated about 50 km west of Sudbury and is owned by Vale Canada Limited. We developed the First Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) study for the site, and conducted the first field program in the summer of 2009. The design was based on a review of existing historical information, and a plume delineation based on mass-balance and water-balance modeling. Component studies include a survey of benthic macroinvertebrates, a fish population survey, and characterization of water and sediment quality. A second field study was conducted in the spring of 2012. The project was conducted pursuant to Vale Canada’s requirements under the federal Metal Mining Effluent Regulation (MMER).



Junction Creek EEM

Junction Creek

Junction Creek

Junction Creek runs through the City of Sudbury and is exposed to effluents from three mining facilities, urban runoff and treated septic wastes. Kilgour & Associates has been working with Vale to quantify the magnitude of effect on benthic macroinvertebrates and fish that can be attributed to liquid effluents from their three mining facilities (Garson, Nolan, Copper Cliff). The studies have included a variety of field and laboratory studies. The most recent studies have involved the use of artificial substrates in an attempt to isolate effects related to current effluent quality vs historical deposits.



McLean Lake EEM


McLean Lake

McLean Lake

AREVA Resources Canada owns the McClean Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan. Kilgour & Associates has been retained by AREVA to design effects monitoring programs pursuant to requirements under the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations, and under their license from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to operate. The studies have included studies of water and sediment quality, slimy sculpin, and benthic macroinvertebrates. An Investigation of Cause (IOC) study under the MMER has been conducted, assessing the influence the mine operations on nutrient concentrations in the receiver (McClean Lake and Collins Creek).




Please Contact
Bruce Kilgour
bkilgour@kilgourassociates.com