During both the planning and construction phases of your project various prospective impacts upon the environment will be identified, assessed and quantified. Once a project plan is approved by the regulating entities, it will be an ongoing requirement that the project’s effect upon the environment stay within defined parameters. Biological monitoring ensures this occurs.
Depending upon the specifics of your project, monitoring may be required of, e.g. air and water quality, plant and animal populations, historic resources and construction activities. In some instances monitoring is a short term undertaking, i.e. just during construction. In contrast, a packing plant or other ongoing manufacturing or processing activity will require monitoring for the life of the operation.
Monitoring is essentially observing construction activities while working adjacent to environmentally sensitive areas (ESAs) or obtaining samples and then subjecting them to analysis. In its simplest form this can be using a clean bottle to sample some water from an adjacent storm drain or stream channel. Of course, in practice the process is typically much more sophisticated. There are strict protocols based upon scientific standards dictating where, how and when the samples are obtained, quantified and analyzed.
Whether it calls for a manual count of native wildlife or collecting water samples and conducting a lab analysis, we are experienced and knowledgeable in determining when and what type of monitoring will be required for your project. Give us a call; we look forward to talking with you about your plans.