EBB Environmental Consulting Inc. has been involved in numerous environmental projects throughout BC. Below is a summary of a number of projects that EBB has been involved in.
EBB is currently involved in the wildlife component of the Port Mann Highway 1 Upgrade. This large-scale project has involved numerous field and administrative components. Field studies included environmental monitoring (including nesting Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, and Great Blue Heron), species at risk habitat assessment and salvages (emphasis on Pacific water shrew); Amphibian salvages (emphasis on Red-legged frog), fisheries, and; songbird nest surveys. Administrative responsibilities included permitting; resource tracking; preparation and implementation of the Peregrine Falcon Nest Monitoring Management Plan; task-specific memos and status updates, and; species at risk assessments and application of relevant Best Management Practices.
Initiated in early 2009, EBB has provided environmental services for the Gateway Program. Services provided utilized EBB’s wildlife expertise in conducting salvage trapping for species at risk, small mammals and amphibians, and songbird nest surveys. Responsibilities also included liaising with and directing a First Nation’s field crew in the installation of exclusion fencing and traps. Field responsibilities included species at risk assessment and salvage; songbird nest surveys; environmental monitoring; and, evaluation and assessment of wildlife habitat. Administrative responsibilities included reporting; permitting; review compensation and mitigation plans, and; provide professional opinion on mitigation measures.
EBB undertook an in-depth review of the environmental resources for projects occurring on these highways (Mission and Richmond, BC, respectively). Specific tasks included conducting a thorough background review of relevant literature, including known species at risk locations, conducting field assessments and documentation, and reporting. The final reports, prepared for CEAA screening documents, included assessments of species known to utilize the habitat, suspected to utilize the habitat, and potential to utilize the habitat. In addition, specific mitigation measures were provided as recommendations to mitigate the impact of construction of the terrestrial resources. GIS maps were provided to supplement the final reports.
EBB conducted an environmental assessment, with specific focus on the terrestrial resources, as a component of a CEAA screening document. This EA assessed the potential impact on a number of species at risk with potential occurrence within the construction footprint, including, but not limited to Mountain beaver, Pacific water shrew, Oregon forestsnail and Red-legged frog. The final report provided a thorough scope of the impact of construction on the terrestrial resources, and provided mitigation recommendations.
EBB inventoried 13 wetlands on Vancouver Island for invasive alien plants as identified by Invasive Alien Plan Program and BC Ministry of Forests and Range. Data were also captured on wetland conditions, including nutrient status, turbidity, and native plant communities. All data were mapped using ArcGIS.
Initiated in 2007, this multi-year project aims to manage the resident population of resident Canada geese in the Okanagan Valley. The project includes goose population surveys, identification and mapping of nest sites, egg addling, community outreach, and coordination of multi-jurisdictional (i.e. municipalities, regional districts, and other stakeholders) participation in goose management.