Komakuk Beach Clean-up Monitoring
Fuel spill monitoring well at Komakuk Beach.
© Parks Canada
The BAR-1 Distant Early warning (DEW) line station at Komakuk Beach was closed in 1993 as part of a general closure of the DEW line. The site became part of Ivvavik National Park after a clean-up was completed in 2000. The clean-up involved demolishing buildings, excavating contaminated soil, remediating an area where fuel was spilled, collecting debris, excavating three landfills and closing a fourth. A landfill and fuel spill monitoring program to monitor conditions at the site after the clean-up has been developed and implemented by Inuvialuit Environmental and Geotechnical Inc. (IEG) in cooperation with the Department of National Defence (DND), the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) and Parks Canada.
- To monitor the condition of the remediated fuel spill and landfills at Komakuk Beach.
Methods and Information Collected
- Komakuk Beach is located on the Yukon North Slope at 69º 35’53” N; 140º 11’00”.
- The monitoring program has two phases, both conducted by IEG. Phase One started with a site visit on September 5 and 6, 2004 and will end in the summer of 2005. Phase Two will start in 2007 and take place for a total of 20 years, with summer visits to Komakuk on the second, third, fifth, tenth and twentieth year.
- Samples are taken from the fuel spill monitoring wells.
- The landfill sites are monitored for vegetation growth, settlement, erosion, discoloration and odours.
Komakuk Beach fuel spill site.
© Parks Canada
- Monitoring will begin in September 2004 and results will be available in the summer of 2005.
Years of Data
- Clean-up conducted in 1999 and 2000
- Monitoring began in September 2004
- Department of National Defence – Defence Construction Canada
- Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
- Department of National Defence
- Department of National Defence, Ottawa