Program (2016)

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Technical Program-at-a-Glance: Day 1, ARC 2016, Halifax, NS  
TimeTuesday, November 8th
8:30Conference Opening - Fifteen Years of ARC
Session 1
8:45Burke - The Future in the Environmental Field is Looking Down
9:45" Hill, Colville, van Hemessen and Manning - National Wetland Conservation Fund and Big Meadow Bog: Toward the recovery of rare species, ecosystem process and the community backyard
10:45Morning Break
Session 2
11:15Waldron - Environmental Racism & the Politics of Waste & Place in Mi’kmaw & African Nova Scotian Communities
Session 3 - CoastalSession 4 - Remediation I
13:30Ellis - Are Living Shorelines Effective for Erosion Management on North Atlantic Coastlines?
Currie - "Atlantic Partners in Risk Based Corrective Action (PIRI) Continued Regional Cooperation and Success
14:00C. Skinner - Assessing the biogeochemistry of a restoring macrotidal salt marsh: Implications for future restoration in the Bay of FundyMajor - Salt tolerance of three native willow species update: Growth, allocation and interrelationships to physiological traits.
14:30M. Skinner - Eelgrass remote sensing triple-threat – assessment of simultaneously collected satellite, LiDAR, and sonar dataFraser - From Loyalists to Lincolnville: An Analysis of Environmental Injustice and the Legacies of Racism in Nova Scotia
15:00Afternoon Break
Session 5
15:30Environmental Racism Forum
Technical Program-at-a-Glance: Day 2, ARC 2016, Halifax, NS
TimeWednesday, November 9th
Session 6 - MiningSession 7 - Remediation II
8:30Chapman - Can a low-dose selenium (Se) additive reduce environmental risks of mercury (Hg) and arsenic (As) in old gold mine tailings?Kozuskanich - Detailed hydrogeological characterization and remedial options analysis for a PFAS contaminated site in fractured bedrock terrain.
9:00Wells - Giant Mine Remediation Project: The Long Road to Reclamation.Coleman - Monitoring the Behaviour of Treatment Sludge in Waste Rock
9:30Jeffrey - Sa Dena Hes Mine Decommissioning and Reclamation
Parker - Incorporation of Resource Conservation and Best Management Practices into the Remedial Approach on an Industrial Scale Fur Farm.
10:00Morning Break
Session 8 - Pulp & PaperSession 9 - Remediation II
10:30Hoffman - Assessment of a long term (quarter century) dataset of pulp effluent metal contaminated sediment to inform remediation decisions.
Appleton and MacLean - Management of Dredged Sediment in Nova Scotia: Trials and Tribulations
11:00Wilson - Risk-Based Closure of Pulp and Paper Contaminanted Sediments at Penisula Harbour, Ontario
Bleiler - Use of High Value Amendments to address Contaminated Sediments in Sensitive Ecological Systems.
11:30Pointkoski and Doran - Assessment of Hydrology and Hydrogeology Associated with the Proposed Boat Harbour Remediation Site, Nova Scotia.Smith - Risk Management of Contaminated Sites –A Case Study – Point Lepreau Lightstation (ERA Validation Study)
Session 10 - Wetlands and Fish HabitatSession 11 - Remediation Technology
13:00Hilchey - The Nova Scotia Wetland Conservation Policy: Supporting Wetland Restoration in Nova Scotia.
Sweet - Innovative High Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC) Technologies: Use and Benefits in Contaminated Site Management.
13:30Devine -NS Fish Passage Guidelines for CulvertsBerry - The Importance of Different Types of Data in Remediation and Risk Assessment.
14:00Nodding and Kinley - Wildcat Shale Pit Remediation and Wetland Expansion Project.Adlakha - A satellite based reclamation monitoring system for Alta.
14:30Afternoon Break
Session 12 - Wetlands and Fish Habitat ContinuedSession 13 - Remediation Technology Continued
15:00Eisnor - Emergency Repairs to the Lake Major Dam Fish Ladder.Hebb - Using Electro Kinetic and Electro Chemical reactions to remove organic pollutants in soil, sludge and ground water.
15:30Wilson - Management of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in Lakes Banook and Micmac.Davis - A Summary of Best Available and Emerging Treatment Technologies for Treating Poly-and Perfluoroalkyl Substances.
Session 14 - Wetland Ferns Workshop
1600 - 17:00The fern workshop is a practical introduction to identifying ferns for the non-botanist who is working in the field and who might wish to have some handy indicator of when they may be in a wetland. The focus will be on identifying a group of predominantly upland ferns and a group of predominantly wetland ferns using the key methodology outlined in Common Ferns of Southwest Nova Scotia by Alain Belliveau. The classroom workshop will include a slide presentation of identification features, followed by a hands on session using real ferns. The workshop will allow an individual to have a good idea, based on ferns that may be present, of knowing when they are standing in a treed wetland or an upland area and therefore the implications for the project they are conducting. Participants will leave with a printout of the field identification key, and the knowledge of how to use it to identify various common fern species. The session will be led by Dr. Nick Hill of the Fernhill Institute for Plant Conservation.
TimeThursday, November 10th
9:00Tour - Dartmouth Crossing
Dartmouth Crossing (DCL) is a big box store, retail, and office development built in an old quarry. The quarry had left Grassy Brook largely untouched but the surrounding quarry operation affected the hydrology and past land use and geology presented many challenges for restoration of the watercourse as a Brook trout stream.

The DCL wanted to have the brook as a signature feature, displaying it prominently in their logo, and to restore it to a natural and productive stream.
Since this was a quarry reclamation project we were able to do things to restore the hydrology of the brook and repair trout habitat problems that would have been difficult to obtain permission for under a development permit.
The entire watershed is now being developed as retail and industrial park and all the scientific literature tells us that you cannot maintain a cold water trout stream in a watershed with this much hard surface, but with proper planning it can be done. Come and see how.

Tour participants should meet at the Dartmouth Crossing Hampton Inn & Suites parking lot near Grassy Brook Park at 8:30 a.m. and should wear appropriate clothing and hiking footwear for a 2-3 hour tour. See website for further details and maps.