Northern passive treatment facility

The purpose of this project is to develop a Northern Passive Treatment Facility responsible for addressing research questions on how passive treatment wetlands function in a northern climate.

To accomplish this, the project was divided into 2 phases:

Phase 1) Feasibility and design

Phase 2) Construction of facility

The Northern Passive Treatment Facility will be valuable in furthering Yukon's knowledge and research in understanding how these passive treatment systems can utilize natural processes to maximize their effectiveness for increased removal efficiencies. While the operation of passive treatment systems are well understood in temperate regions, there is a growing need to understand how they operate in arctic & subarctic climate conditions. As new mining projects are developing in the territory, a northern experimental treatment facility offers an opportunity to increase our understanding of the fundamental factors influencing passive treatment systems under cold climate conditions.

Project Overview

The facility was designed to provide researchers, regulators, and industry stakeholders with a facility that would enable them to address concerns and find plausible solutions to mitigate and remediate contamination while meeting evolving industry and government environmental standards. This will lead to opportunities for discussion between regulatory and industry representatives at an educational facility. Plans for the facility will also account for its use as a teaching resource to educate and train the public, industrial stakeholders, and future employers of these technologies. With independent control over each cell, the facility will allow for adaptations to conditions to learn more about specific northern vegetation or treatment types suitable for Yukon’s cold climate.

The technical design completed in Phase 1 has demonstrated that this facility could be highly effective and beneficial for understanding the use of these technologies in Yukon. The first phase of this project was completed with the Technical Design Report. Phase 2 of this project is currently awaiting further funding support and will commence once approval is granted.

  • Design Lead: Sean Prokopiw, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College

Yukon Mine Research Consortium:

  • Alexco Resource Corp.
  • Capstone Mining Corp.
  • Casino Mining Corp.
  • Selwyn Chihong Ltd.
  • Victoria Gold Corp.
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Yukon Mine Research Consortium