Environment

The potential effects of the proposed activities on land, air, water and flora & fauna must be investigated prior to the submission of an application for a Land Use Permit. Additionally, a proposed mitigation/remediation plan should be developed and submitted to the GLWB along with a completed Application Form

Identifying Potential Environmental Impacts


Proponents can use Appendix B of the Guide to describe the effects of the proposed land use operation on land, water, flora, and fauna, as well as socio-economic impacts. This list is not all-inclusive; if other impacts have been identified, proponents are encouraged to include them. 

Culture and Heritage

IMPACT                                                                                             

Habitat and Communities

  • Effects to historic property
  • Increased economic pressure on historic properties
  • Change to or loss of historic properties
  • Change to or loss of historic resources
  • Change to or loss of archaeological resources

 Social and Economic

  • Increased pressure on archaeological sites
  • Effects on Aboriginal lifestyle
  • Other

Interacting Environment

IMPACT                                                                                                            

Habitat and Communities

  • Predator-prey
  • Wildlife habitat/ecosystem composition changes
  • Reduction/removal of keystone or endangered species
  • Removal of wildlife corridor or buffer zone
  • Other

Social and Economic

  • Planning/zoning changes or conflicts Increase in urban facilities or services use
  • Rental house
  • Airport operations/capacity changes
  • Human health hazard Impair the recreational use of water or aesthetic quality
  • Affect water use for other purposes
  • Affect other land use operations
  • Quality of life changes
  • Other

Biological Environment       

IMPACT                                                                                             

Vegetation

  • Species composition
  •  Species introduction
  • Toxin/heavy accumulation
  • Other (such as species distribution, any rare species or species at risk, plant phenology, growth, and reproduction

 Wildlife and Fish

  • Effects on rare, threatened, or endangered species
  • Fish population changes
  •  Waterfowl population changes
  • Breeding disturbance
  • Population reduction
  • Species diversity change
  • Health changes
  • Behavioural changes
  • Habitat changes/effects
  • Game species/effects
  • Toxins/heavy metals
  • Forestry changes
  • Agricultural changes
  • Other

Physical – Chemical Effects

IMPACT                                    

Ground Water          

  • Water table alteration
  • Water quality changes
  •  Infiltration changes
  •  Other

Surface Water

  • Flow or level changes
  • Water quality changes
  • Drainage pattern changes
  • Temperature
  • Wetland change/loss
  • Other

Noise

  • Noise in/near water
  • Noise increase
  • Other

Land

  • Geologic structure changes
  • Soil contamination
  • Buffer zone loss
  • Soil compaction and settling
  • Destabilization/erosion
  • Permafrost regime alteration
  • Explosives/scarring
  • Other (such as soil microbes)

Non-renewable Natural Resources

  • Resource depletion
  • Other

Air/Climate/Atmosphere

  • Other

 Other sources of guidance to help identify potential impacts include the: