Articles, FAQ, and Useful Links
Links to Regulatory Guidance and Mapping
Ripirian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR)
Contaminated Site Remediation in BC
Spills and Environmental Emergencies BC
City of Vernon – Environmental Management Areas Strategy
Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) – Development Permit
Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) – Development Permit Areas
Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) – Development Application Forms and Guides
City of Kelowna – Environmental Planning
City of Salmon Arm – Applications and Guides
Okanagan Large Lakes Foreshore Protocol
Dock Design Criteria for Okanagan Large Lakes
Links to Professional Associations
British Columbia Institute of Agrologist
Links to Industry Associations
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...
COVID-19 Precautions for Completing Contaminated Sites Assessments (Phase 1 and 2 ESAs)
Written By: Kristen Cockburn, AAg Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, Sage has adjusted our operations to ensure the safety of staff and clients. In addition to following the WorkSafeBC COVID-19 prescriptions, Sage has been developing additional tools to...
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...
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...
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...
I am in need of emergency flood work, is there an exemption to the Notification and Approval process?
Written By: Rhia Whittaker, Grad.Tech. When necessary work is needed in a pinch, the 45-day notification process may delay urgent works in order to mitigate floodwater risks. In certain circumstances there are exemptions from the Approval or Notification process. The...
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...
I received a Notification of Likely or Actual Migration, what now?
Written By: Kristen Cockburn, AAg A Notification of Likely or Actual Migration  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...
How can Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Benefit Development and Community Planning?
Written By: Rhia Whittaker, Grad.Tech. Let’s open this topic with outlining what Habitat Enhancement and Habitat Restoration are. Habitat Enhancement is a management objective that describes manipulation of the natural landscape to improve it for ecological function....
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...
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"...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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