Who Knew Environmental Protection Has So Many Acronyms
The Construction Environmental Management Program is focused on the actual construction of the project rather than the pre-construction planning and development phase. This program is initialized to provide contractors with performance-based environmental requirements for the protection of important bio-physical, cultural, archaeological, and sociological economic values that are within the project area.
Site-specific and construction-specific plans are developed in order to achieve protection for these environmental values that are required to be considered. These plans are designed with the intended purpose of preventing or mitigating adverse effects associated with the project.
Under this program, you will also be working with a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) which houses an Environmental protection plan (EPP). The CEMP is usually broad, incorporating a wide range of topics such as immediate environmentally sensitive areas, as well as training opportunities for workers, or spill response measures. Environmental Component Plans are different from CEMPs because they are site-specific, designed to be utilized at a specific phase of the project or for a specific construction activity.
Pre-construction surveys are surveys that are incorporated into all areas of these plans. These surveys are used to identify environmentally sensitive areas that may be at a higher risk during certain construction activities taking place during project development.
Alright, now let’s talk about responsibility. The lead Environmental Monitor and Environmental Monitors (you!) are typically responsible for implementing the descriptive details in all of these plans. That being said, everyone working in accordance with these plans should have the ability to provide input and perspective for the development of the plans. As well, regarding the development and implementation of construction-specific plans, it is important to receive input from the contractor regarding how to approach construction and what methods will be used. This will help you to better identify where high risk areas may potentially lie, in order to help you to successfully develop appropriate mitigation and protection measures.