Impact Assessment and Revision Report for Effluent Irrigation at the Ghost Cadet Camp for Defense Construction Canada

Waiparous, Alberta, 2013

When the Ghost Cadet Camp was built, an effluent irrigation spray system was installed as part of the base’s waste water treatment system. This system disperses treated effluent in an adjacent area of forest/grassland known as the ‘spray field’. A long-term monitoring program was established with a baseline study conducted in 1999 and monitoring continuing until 2013. In 2013, Dr. McKinley completed the field monitoring program.

Dr. McKinley was also tasked with undertaking a review of the monitoring program results which included analysis of all 12 years of monitoring data, comparison to baseline conditions, and recommendations for how future monitoring could be refined. Dr. McKinley conducted field monitoring, reporting, and data analysis for parameters including vegetation cover and composition, plant growth, birds, small mammals, and ungulates. Wildlife and vegetative portions of this monitoring program included small mammal trapping, bird surveys, ungulate pellet surveys, tree standing timber assessment, biomass measurements, and ground cover measurement, all of which were managed and undertaken by Dr. McKinley.

The purpose of the monitoring program was to evaluate the impacts of the sewage effluent irrigation and aerial spray system used at the Ghost Cadet Camp. The previous twelve years of monitoring data was also reviewed and summarized to provide recommendations to revise the monitoring program and to improve site management. Following completion of this project, the monitoring program was revised and reduced for future years.

Elk Herd

Elk Herd

Role: Senior Project Manager/Senior Field Biologist (with DST Consulting Engineers)