Caractérisation des Sols de Surface et de la Biomasse dans les Secteurs d'Entraînement, Base des Forces Canadiennes, Valcartier


  1. Marois, A.
  2. Gagnon, A.
  3. Thiboutot, S.
  4. Ampleman, G.
  5. Bouchard, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Live fire training with various types of ammunitions is absolutely necessary to insure that our troops are always in a readiness state to take action in any potential international conflict or peace mission. It is imperative to sustain this activity by insuring that its environmental impact is minimised. By better understanding the potential environmental impacts of each of live firing activity, the Department of National Defense (DND) wil be able to mitigate potential adverse effects by adapting the practices to minimize such adverse impacts. In this context, the Director Land Environment (DLE) tasked DRDC Valcartier to initiate an R&D program involving the environmental characterization of their main training areas to improve the knowledge on the impacts of many types of live firing training activities. This work describes the evaluation of the impacts of the training activities in CFB Valcartier training areas and was carried out in May and June 2003. The ultimate goal of this sampling campaign was to globally assess the potential contamination related to explosives and heavy metals. Main training ranges were selected and sampled. 199 surface soils and 18 biomass samples were collected across the selected training areas according to the sampling procedure described in this report. Results obtained for metals showed the accumulation of various metal analytes in all types of ranges with higher hits in rifle ranges. Metals that showed clear accumulation pattern from the train

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Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TR-2004-206 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2004
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;CD ROM

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