CONCERN: Groundwater effects on septic systems and basements
FINDINGS: Some property owners in the Southern Lakes already experience issues with groundwater affecting their septic fields and tanks, basements, crawl spaces, and sumps. The duration of these seasonal effects would be slightly longer with the project.
SOLUTION: Yukon Energy would cover reasonable costs to raise septic fields, anchor septic tanks, and/or install/upgrade sump pumps in affected areas.
CONCERN: Shoreline erosion
FINDINGS: There is already naturally occurring erosion in some areas of the Southern Lakes. This erosion will continue with or without the enhancement project.
SOLUTION: Yukon Energy would build engineered protection along the shoreline of properties that may be affected by the project. The protection is intended to be effective, long lasting, and will cover the lots within affected shoreline areas.
CONCERN: Adjusted water levels on local habitat
FINDINGS: We researched more than 200 species of plants and animals and found that the project would have minimal effects on fish, wildlife and waterfowl. There would also be no harm done to wetlands in the area.
SOLUTION: Yukon Energy would continue to carefully monitor effects on habitat and the environment and make any adjustments necessary to minimize effects of the project.
CONCERN: Project effects on traditional and settlement lands in the project area
FINDINGS: We continue to have discussions with the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council to understand any potential effects of the project.
SOLUTION: Before the project would go ahead, limits of acceptable/unacceptable change would be set and Yukon Energy would work with the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Kwanlin Dü̈n First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council to develop appropriate mitigation and monitoring plans.