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NEWS: Nunavut July 18, 2016 - 11:30 am

Studies set to start on Pond Inlet harbour project

Nunavut review accepting comments until Aug. 3

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Here's a view of the Pond Inlet small craft harbour study area. The red circle indicates where Pond Inlet’s new harbour would be built, while the yellow areas show where a potential quarry would be created. (IMAGE COURTESY OF ADVISIAN)
Here's a view of the Pond Inlet small craft harbour study area. The red circle indicates where Pond Inlet’s new harbour would be built, while the yellow areas show where a potential quarry would be created. (IMAGE COURTESY OF ADVISIAN)

Nunavut stakeholders and Pond Inlet residents can now weigh in on plans to study the site where the north Baffin community’s new small craft harbour, quarry and breakwater are set to be built.

At the same time that preliminary studies get underway for Iqaluit’s proposed deep sea port, crews will also start geotechnical and environmental baseline studies around the proposed small craft harbour and breakwater in Pond Inlet and a potential quarry area outside the community of roughly 1,500 people.

The Nunavut Impact Review Board is now accepting comments on the proposed study until Aug. 3.

Making good on a campaign promise, the federal government has invested $30 million towards Pond Inlet’s project, while the Government of Nunavut will kick in another $20 million.

Few details are available on the actual project but the study, set to begin later this summer, will sample water and sediment around Pond Inlet, identify fish species and their habitat and drill in a quarry site just outside the community.

The study period is expected to run until July 2017, overseen by consulting firm Advisian. If all goes according to schedule, construction would begin the following summer and the new harbour should be completed by 2019.

Iqaluit’s new deep sea port is expected to be completed the following year, in 2020.

Nunavummiut can read more about the port projects and submit comments at the NIRB’s website.

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