Category Archives: Articles

What can we learn from subsurface investigations?

Written By: Kristen Cockburn, AAg When an Area of Potential Environmental Concern (APEC) is identified as part of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase 1 ESA), we provide recommendations for a Phase II ESA.  Depending on the APEC and the estimated potential impacts we may recommend a subsurface investigation to assess the potential impacts […]

What we learn from City Directories

Written By: Kristen Cockburn, AAg City Directories are one source we use to understand the historical uses of a property and what was present within the surrounding area.  City directories listed businesses in the city and served as a means of advertising for businesses and providing their address and contact information.  Directories also listed the […]

What can we learn from Fire Insurance Plans?

Written By: Kristen Cockburn, AAg In completing a Phase I ESA (Environmental Site Assessment), we use lots of different information sources to form a picture of land uses on a property and surrounding area through history.  Some land uses have the potential to pose an environmental risk to the property, so we try to get […]

The benefit of effective Environmental Monitoring for construction projects.

Written By: Rhia Whittaker, Grad.Tech. Environmental Monitoring is a service that is often recommended or required during a proposed construction project. It could be a condition of a development permit, or perhaps it is necessary due to proximity of sensitive ecosystems. So, what is environmental monitoring? And what is the benefit of effective environmental monitoring […]

Things we learn from aerial photos

Written By: Kristen Cockburn, AAg When completing a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) on a property, there are key elements that are required to be included; one of which is a review of historical aerial photos of the property and the surrounding area. This is one of my favorite parts of completing a Phase […]

I have work planned near or in a body of water; what permit do I need?

Written By: Rhia Whittaker, Grad.Tech. We are coming into spring and summer and this means a lot of project planning over the winter will be sprouting to life. In the Okanagan we are fortunate enough to have large bodies of water to admire and to enjoy recreational but, with this comes great responsibility. To protect […]

I received a Notification of Likely or Actual Migration, what now?

Written By: Kristen Cockburn, AAg A Notification of Likely or Actual Migration [1] is a standardized form from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategies (MOECCS) that is a written notification that contamination from one property has, or has the potential to have, migrated to another property.  This form is filled out by the […]

I need a Site Profile. What is it? Who should complete it?

Written by: Kristen Cockburn, AAg A Site Profile [1] is a standardized form from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategies (MOECCS) that is used to screen certain commercial and industrial properties for potential contamination resulting from current or historical land use activities.  A Site profile is often required to be completed for a […]