watershed evaluation report

This memorandum, prepared by Ann Maest, presents an initial evaluation of the potential for water quality effects of project development, based on the limited available information on deposit type, mineralogy, nearby water quality, and information on the environmental effects of developing similar deposits.

Watershed evaluation presentation

Presentation demonstrating the initial evaluation of potential water quality issues related to development of the Cobequid Highlands Project, and recommendations for additional studies. Used as a visual tool for a webinar consisting of provincial policy makers, geological experts, and SuNNS members.


Biographical Sketch for Ann Maest

Ann Maest is an aqueous geochemist with Buka Environmental in Boulder, Colorado, USA. She has over 25 years of research and professional experience and specializes in the environmental effects of hardrock mining, the fate and transport of natural and anthropogenic contaminants, and geochemical testing methods for mine wastes. She has evaluated more than 150 Environmental Impact Statements for large-scale mines in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Africa and provides training to government agencies and communities on EIS evaluation, the environmental effects of mining, and best practices. The results of her research have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Applied GeochemistryCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences,Chemical GeologyApplied and Environmental Microbiology, and Environmental Science and Technology. After completing her PhD, Dr. Maest was a research geochemist in the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Research Program, where she conducted research on metal-organic interactions, metal and metalloid speciation, and redox geochemistry in surface water and groundwater systems. She has served on several National Academy of Sciences committees and a Board related to earth resources and has been an invited speaker at universities and national and international fora, including presenting on technical challenges and solutions for the mining sector at the United Nations. Ann holds a PhD in geochemistry and water resources from Princeton University.