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									SAA Master Plan


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              SAA
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                                 Environmental Impact

10.1 SUSTAINABILITY
The goal of the Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA) is to ensure that airport operations and
expansion occur with minimal impact on human and environmental health. In order to provide
this commitment, The SAA will:
     Serve Saskatoon's growing need for air travel, while at the same time
       protecting the environment, health and safety of employees, travelers and
       the public at large.
     Ensure, as a minimum, all practices and procedures conform to relevant
       federal, provincial and municipal law.
     Promote environmental awareness among SAA employees and tenants.
     Work co-operatively with all levels of government to implement
       responsible environmental programs.
     Subject all new airport projects to an environmental review.
     Maintain plans and procedures to deal with environmental emergencies
       and take immediate corrective action in the event of an accident.
     Conduct regular reviews to assess the environmental condition of the
       airport.
     Conduct regular audits.
     Provide appropriate environmental training for SAA staff


In addition to minimizing the environmental impact of aviation development and economic
growth, the SAA will strive to exemplify strong environmental stewardship to local, national and
international communities through innovation, leadership and new partnerships.
Corporate standards programs and plans of operation have been developed to manage the
environment. The following list provides an overview of the Corporate Standards that are in
place:
     Environmental Assessment Program
     Environmental Management Program
     North Retention Pond Plan of Operations
     Hazardous Material Reporting Program (WHMIS)
     Environmental Emergency Contingency Plan
     Water Quality Monitoring Program
     Bird/Wildlife Management Plan
     Site Self Inspection Program




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      Saskatoon Airport Information Reporting System (AIRS)
      Environmental Site Assessment Guideline
      Airport Environment Circular on Aircraft De-Icing

10.2 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS
To ensure the environmental impacts of development are mitigated,
the SAA undertakes an environmental assessment on all projects. The
Environmental Assessment Process (EAP) is a self assessment
process compliant with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
(CEAA), and uses the Canadian Airport Council’s Environmental
Assessment Process. The SAA is the decision-making authority, and is
charged with ensuring that the environmental impacts of all projects
are fully considered.

The SAA’s environmental officer reviews all projects undertaken at the
airport. A range of environmental factors is considered including the
effects on wildlife, soils, air, water and the impact from aircraft noise
levels. Once a project has been assessed, a Facility Alteration Permit is issued and
construction may proceed.

10.3 NOISE MANAGEMENT
Noise can generally be broken down into two subsets - on airport noise and off airport noise.
On airport noise is generated primarily from aircraft engine run-ups, a critical part of on-going
aircraft maintenance work plus airport construction and surface access noise. Off airport noise
is generated by aircraft in the air, on arrival to the airport and on departure from the airport. It is
the off airport noise that generates the most community attention and where the Airport
Authority concentrates the majority of its noise mitigation efforts.

Noise from aircraft operations can have a significant impact on surrounding population, and can
require a number of mitigation measures depending on the nature of land use under the flight
paths.

Sound land use planning within the City of Saskatoon has ensured that aircraft noise is not a
major issue. The municipality has followed Transport Canada’s noise exposure forecast (Figure
13.2) and restricted incompatible residential and other development in high impact areas.

In the future, SAA management will continue to work closely with City planning officials to
ensure that noise exposure is used to guide surrounding development and to see that municipal
plans, policies and bylaws continue to promote compatible development.




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Figure 10.1Noise Management


10.4 BIRDS AND WILDLIFE
Wildlife and aircraft confrontations are a prime aviation safety concern at airports throughout
the world. Bird strikes to aircraft during all phases of aircraft operations can account for
significant damage to aircraft.

The Saskatoon Airport Authority's Bird and Wildlife
Management Program is comprised of two main
components;
    The monitoring component of the program is
      essential in providing the data required to evaluate
      the bird populations around the airport and to
      determine the risks they represent.
    The control component of the program is comprised
      of both proactive (habitat modification) and reactive
      (control techniques) efforts.




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Wildlife control at airports is largely dependent on the detection of hazardous wildlife situations
that develop and is consequently a reactive process. Proactive control measures aimed at
making the airport habitat less attractive to wildlife can reduce the frequency and severity of
hazardous wildlife situations.

The Airport Authority has increased their level of proactive wildlife control by altering agricultural
crops and practices, reducing ground squirrel/rodent populations and continuing to eliminate
deer habitat areas.

10.5 STORM AND WASTE WATER QUALITY
The airport’s stormwater runoff enters the municipal storm drainage systems at various points,
and is regularly monitored to ensure that it complies with environmental regulations. Water
quality was further improved with the 1999 construction of an aircraft de-icing pad on Apron 1
which now allows improved collection and treatment of the glycol de-icing fluids. Glycol
collected within the De-Icing Pad System is directed to the city sanitary sewer system by
agreement with the City of Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Airport has two glycol monitoring stations, capable of taking automated sampling, at
the outflow point of the main apron and runway drainage systems. These stations are operated
during the glycol seasons.

As development proceeds, consultation with municipal authorities will be required to ensure
airport drainage and sanitary systems are compatible with municipal stormwater management
and waste treatment systems.

10.6 CONTAMINATED SOIL REMEDIATION FARM
Transport Canada constructed a contaminated soil remediation land farm on the northeast
section of the airport property in 2004 as part of the remediation of the old fire training area in
the Apron 6 development area. This land farm has also been used to remediate contaminated
soil from underground storage tank area when these tanks were removed. The SAA has
removed all of its underground fuel storage tanks and
reclaimed soil within those boundaries.

This soil land farm is an asset for cost effective
remediation of known/identified sites within the airport
boundaries and also for sites which could be identified
in the future.




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