This is the result of a 3 year water quality sampling project on the Lower Vermilion River, within the Vermilion River Watershed.
A big thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for funding this important Project!!
Another big thank you goes out to KGHM International Ltd. for their generous donation and for Conservation Sudbury’s in-kind contribution towards the extension of our Project into the 3rd year!!
Presentation made by Carrie Strangway at Vermilion River Stewardship’s General Meeting on 14 October 2015.
Queen’s University student, Zara Jennings
In 2013, Zara Jennings, a Queen’s University 4th year student and her professor, Brian Cummings, undertook sediment core sampling on Wabagishik Lake. Results indicated that the heavy metal contamination has steadily improved over the years; however, heavy metal contamination is still well into the “severe effect level” and severe contamination lies within centimeters of the sediment surface. Heavy metal contamination in the “severe effect level”, include nickel, copper, arsenic, lead, manganese, iron, cadmium and zinc. Zara has provided an outstanding 4th year Thesis that will be a major part of the final project report for our 2-year Lower Vermilion Source Water Quality Monitoring study.