To Plan or not to Plan – Plan!
As an Environmental Monitors you need to plan, plan, plan! Planning as an Environmental Monitor means that you may need to look at what the concerns are on a project site, what the sedimentation risks are, as well as what kind of equipment is needed on the site. These are considerations to keep in mind, not just for your own information, but questions that need to be discussed with your project manager.
As well, you will need to determine what type of equipment you, as an Environmental Monitor will need. You will have to create equipment plans so that you will have on hand the necessary equipment to perform your daily duties on a job site. Such equipment may include a camera, paper work, hand tools, a backpack electrofisher, or minnow traps.
Part of planning is also knowing your work boundaries and delineating the work zone. Planning also means making sure that all the materials are available when they are needed. This will help to ensure and increase efficiency for project development on a worksite. Keep in mind – if you’re working around a stream, this type of equipment planning will help to mitigate the time needed to complete the project, and therefore mitigate the disruption of the stream’s aquatic environment.
A huge part of planning is communication. Project contractors are great resources for planning information because typically they have extensive experience for similar projects to that of the project that you may be currently working on. Advice? Pick their brains and take their input into consideration, because others members of your work crew may have additional views or strategies that you may not have considered.
Planning for waste water is critical. It is important to plan where this water needs to go. By planning out where to divert waste water, you can mitigate the amount of ‘dirty water’ effecting the environment. It is essential to remember that waste water needs to be diverted away from the stream that you are conducting work, whether it’s into a forested area, vegetated flat, or a well-drained gravel pit.
It is also very important to have an isolation plan when you are conducting or involved in site isolation. This is important so that everyone working on the project is on the same page.
Want to get more information on the planning that Environmental Monitors need to be aware of? Then check out the Construction in Sensitive Areas course in UNBC Continuing Studies’ Environmental Monitoring certificate.