Amphibian Conservation

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Amphibian Conservation - Roles as an Environmental Monitor

Hop into Amphibian Conservation When you’re working around wetlands you need to take precautions to ensure conservation efforts for all wildlife, including amphibians. In B.C. there are a large number of amphibian species. In the northern central interior of B.C. there are typically 5 main species of amphibians found: long-toed salamanders western toads spotted frogs wood frogs chorus frogs Did … Read More

Worksite Isolation

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Worksite Isolation - Silt Fence - Environmental Monitoring

Sometimes Isolation is a Good Thing! Worksite isolation is a technique that is commonly used to protect aquatic resource values. Sometimes it may be necessary for Environmental Monitors to remove fish or amphibians from a project site as a part of a salvage program to ensure their protection from the construction of a project. Worksite isolation is beneficial because it … Read More

The Importance of Fish Habitat & How to Protect It

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The Importance of Fish Habitat - Environmental Monitoring

Keep Those Salmon Spawning! Fish Habitats are extremely important in British Columbia and need to have continuous protection to ensure their sustainability. When working as an Environmental Monitor, you will learn techniques and strategies for fish habitats on project sites. Okay great – they are important, but what is a fish habitat? Well, as defined by the Fisheries Act, a … Read More

Chain of Command on Project Sites

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Chain of command on project sites - environmental monitoring

Project Structure, Roles, Responsibilities and Duties Everyone working on a project site plays a vital role, including the Environmental Monitors. In terms of the organizational structure on a project site, the regulatory agencies are at the top. The regulatory agencies deal with the legislation and provide approvals and permits that need to be followed in order to ensure that the … Read More

History of Environmental Regulation

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History of environmental regulation - Environmental monitoring

Rules NOT Made to be Broken! Alright, it’s time to bust out your binder and take notes – you’re about to get the info on the history of environmental regulation. Environmental monitoring and environmental regulation may seem like a new trend – but it’s really not. Did you know that after the establishment in Canada in 1867, one of the first … Read More

Successful Professional Practices

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Successful professional practices as an environmental monitor

Professional Practices on the Project Site Environmental Monitoring is a very rewarding job, but it can be tough work! While working as an Environmental Monitor, it’s important to implement the most successful professional practices. A few things you will want to keep in mind include timing, flexibility and a varying monitoring effort. An example of practicing a varying monitor effort … Read More

Nuisance Bears

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When Bears get Pesky on Project Sites When working in the wilderness as an Environmental Monitor you will most likely experience bears on countless occasions. It is important that when you have a bear encounter that you do not encourage behavior that could create nuisance bear behavior. The term ‘nuisance bear’ means a bear that acts on a learned behavior … Read More

Aboriginal Consultation

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Priority Project Permission Starting an industrial project is B.C. can be MASSIVE work. As you may have already read in one of our previous blogs, there are quite a few steps in the process of reaching project approval. However, in Canada and more significantly B.C., a large area that needs to be taken into consideration is the area of Aboriginal … Read More

What is GPS?

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What is GPS - Environmental Monitoring

Global Positioning Systems or Genius Pinpointing Systems? Did you know that GPS’ (also known as global positioning systems) are just one of the satellite navigation systems that we have on earth? GPS’ were first created and introduced by the United States Department of Defense, with the accompanying launch of 24 satellites into the earth’s orbit. Eventually, this system evolved and … Read More

The Difference between Environmental Protection Prevention and Mitigation

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The Difference between Environmental Protection, Prevention and Mitigation
To Serve & Protect, Prevent & Mitigate! What is the difference between environmental protection, prevention and mitigation? Well let me give you the goods! Environmental protection is the practice of preserving the natural environment during project development. This is important because it provides projects to carry out sustainable development, while at the same time maintaining environmental values for future generations. ... Read More