What Is a Phase I Environmental Assessment?

Written By: Kristen Cockburn GIT, Environmental Scientist A Stage 1 Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI) or Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is typically used to: reduce uncertainty about potential environmental liabilities or provide a baseline before site remediation; provide a liability assessment prior to an acquisition or divestiture of a property or site; provide a due diligence measure in […]

Step-by-Step: Heating Oil Tanks

Written by: Jessica Morgan P.Ag., Environmental Scientist Before the days of natural gas, propane, and electric heat in our homes, residential buildings often relied on heating oil. Residential heating oil storage tanks are commonly located in basements, or outside as either an above ground or underground tank. Many have been abandoned or go unused which […]

What is RAR? & Why does RAR matter?

RAR – Riparian Areas Regulation Riparian areas are the vegetated borders of stream and lakes. Riparian vegetation provides high value habitat for birds and animals, and is very important for the health of freshwater fisheries. In much of BC we protect riparian habitat with the Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR). Where does RAR apply? If a […]