What is a Plant?

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Environmental Monitoring - defining plants

Plants – Not Just a Pretty Petal Plants – they’re pretty nifty organisms. When you think of plants, you might immediately envision plants such as your mom’s hydrangeas, but this classification of vegetation includes much, much more. Plants are defined as a living organism that obtains most of its energy from the sunlight via photosynthesis. If you didn’t know – … Read More

Quantitative vs. Qualitative Data

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Quantitative data vs qualitative data - Environmental Monitoring

Q vs. Q In your career as an Environmental Monitor you will experience collecting both quantitative and qualitative data. But what the heck is it?! Quantitative data is defined as physical and measurable data. An example of this type of data would be collecting an empirical measurement such as turbidity values from a body of water in a project site. … Read More

How to Define Water Quality

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How to define water quality - environmental monitoring
Why YOU Need to Care About Water Quality! I don’t think there is any more valuable resource in the world than water. Water plays a vital role in supporting life on our planet and has endless uses. Obviously, if you’re alive, you know that drinking water, used for human consumption, plays an extremely significant role in the valuation of water. ... Read More

Best Practices for Construction in Sensitive Areas

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Best practices for construction in sensitive areas - evaluating grade
Compliance in Construction is Key! Ensuring compliance is one of the largest responsibilities you will have when working as an Environmental Monitor in a sensitive area during the construction stage. I know what you’re thinking – compliant to what? Well, compliant to a variety of factors really. Compliance needs to be ensured in terms of regulatory and the owner’s requirements, ... Read More

Fish Salvage Using Backpack Electro Fishers

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Fish Salvage using Electrofishers - Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Monitors get Electrifying Results with these Unique Techniques! Even though they look like a device from Ghostbusters, Backpack Electrofishers are actually a significantly useful tool in salvaging fish and carrying out baseline aquatic assessments. Electrofishers use the technique of depositing electricity into areas of water, in order to capture and remove fish from project sites. Keep in mind – ... Read More

Canadian Environmental Protection Act & BC Wildlife Act

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Canadian Environmental Protection - Planning

Making a Pact to Enforce the Act There are a number of Environmental Acts that you should be aware of when working as an Environmental Monitor. Two of the acts that are of particular importance are the Canadian Environmental Protection Act & BC Wildlife Act. In 1999, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act was created to help address and regulate the … Read More

Hazard and Incident Assessment

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Hazard and incident assessment as an environmental monitor

Fighting Hazards with Hardhats You always gotta keep your eyes peeled for HAZARDS! Did you know that 70% of injuries that occur on project worksites are due to slips, falls, strains and sprains? In order to mitigate common injuries it is important to be aware of work safe procedures and conditions while you are on a worksite. Hazard and Incident Assessment … Read More

B.C. Water Act

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BC Water Act overview - Environmental Monitoring

Flow into a Course of Water Protection The Provincial Water Act is a very important statute that is involved in any project development process in B.C. You know that that means! As an Environmental Monitor is it part of your job to make sure you know what the Provincial Water Act involves and that its regulations are adhered to during … Read More

Ecosystems Defined

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Ecosystems Defined - Tips for Environmental Monitors

Examine Ecosystem Education Whether you’re trekking through the woods, or working on a project site in the wilderness as an Environmental Monitor, it might be handy to know what an ecosystem is and what it is defined as. An ecosystem is defined as all of the biotic and a-biotic components of a part of the landscape and their interactions. Ecosystems … Read More