My Phase I ESA found an APEC, why do I need a Phase II?

Written By: Kristen Cockburn GIT, Environmental Scientist An APEC stands for an Area of Potential Environmental Concern, and while that may sound scary, it identifies an area that needs to be looked at a little closer. It’s important to remember that the “P” in APEC is “Potential”, as it is not possible for a consultant […]

Municipal Dam Maintenance Environmental Impact Assessment

BX Creek Dam Maintenance Vernon, BC, RDNO/GVW and City of Vernon EIA Spring 2018 | Construction November 2018 Summary Sage Environmental worked with Interior Dams (Kelowna) to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), prepare a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP), and oversee Environmental Monitoring to ensure environmental protection and compliance during operational maintenance at the […]

Municipal Water System Upgrade Environmental Impact Assessment

Haslam Lake,  Water Main Upgrade, Powell River BC January 2017-November 2017       Summary Sage Environmental was retained as a subconsultant for WSP Group to conduct an Environmental Assessment, provide Mitigation measures and Permitting Support prior to start of works to replace an existing water main line supplying the City of Powell River. The BC Ministry […]

Remote Location Spill Remediation and Restoration

Undisclosed Location | February – October 2018      Incident Sage Environmental Consulting Ltd. was retained to provide environmental consulting services following a 4000-litre diesel spill in a remote mountainous area in BC, with regulatory involvement by the Provincial and Federal Governments. At the time of the spill the soil surface at the Site was […]

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 […]