Since 2007, Seabridge Gold has been conducting ongoing water quality and hydrology monitoring within both the Unuk River, which drains into the Alaska border, and tributaries of the Bell Irving River, spending approximately $1-1.5 M million annually. These data were collected by qualified professionals, in line with the federal, provincial, and international legislation, regulations, guidelines, and standards. Based on the data collected, it has been determined that Mitchell and Sulphurets creeks are degrading naturally resulting in elevated concentrations including copper, selenium, iron and sulphate within the water.
For additional pictures (2016 -to date) check our ‘Water Quality Map’
Once the KSM Project begins operations, it will be subject to stringent monitoring requirements under a variety of approved plans including aquatic effects management, selenium management, wildlife management, and the Canadian Federal Government Metal Diamond, Mining and Effluent Regulations. This monitoring will further minimize any potential impacts to the local environment and the Unuk River.