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What we learn from City Directories

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...

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What can we learn from Fire Insurance Plans?

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...

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Things we learn from aerial photos

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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Municipal Dam Maintenance Environmental Impact Assessment

BX Creek Dam Maintenance Vernon, BC, RDNO/GVW and City of Vernon EIA Spring 2018 | Construction November 2018 [zilla_button url="http://sage.nerdnorth.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Project-Profile-BX-Dam_md_2019.pdf" style="green" size="medium" type="square"...

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Municipal Water System Upgrade Environmental Impact Assessment

Haslam Lake,  Water Main Upgrade, Powell River BC January 2017-November 2017      [zilla_button url="http://sage.nerdnorth.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Project-Profile-Haslam-Lake_md.pdf" style="green" size="medium" type="square" target="_blank"] Download this...

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Remote Location Spill Remediation and Restoration

Undisclosed Location | February - October 2018      [zilla_button url="http://sage.nerdnorth.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Project-Profile-Remediation_md_2019-1.pdf" style="green" size="medium" type="square" target="_blank"] Download this Project Profile...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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