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International Day of Women in Engineering

International Day of Women in Engineering

International Day of Women in Engineering is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women in this exciting industry. International Day of Women in...

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Environmental Emergency Regulations Amendments

Environmental Emergency Regulations Amendments

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) introduced new amendments to the Environmental Emergency Regulations in August 2019. The Environmental Emergency Regulations bring changes that reinforce good environmental emergency management to better protect Canadians...

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Erosion and Sediment Control Plan for Small Mines

Erosion and Sediment Control Plan for Small Mines

Erosion and Sediment Control Plan(s) (ESCP) are required as part of the permitting application, through the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and are regulated under the Mines Act and the Environmental Management Act. There are two different groups...

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NPRI Reporting Deadline Changed Due to COVID-19

NPRI Reporting Deadline Changed Due to COVID-19

The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) reporting deadline has been changed from June 1st to July 31st, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NPRI reporting program is managed by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and tracks data on the amount of...

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Mitigating Invasive Species Damage

Mitigating Invasive Species Damage

Invasive species are non-native plants and animals that have been introduced to British Columbia and are understood to cause, or likely cause economic, social, or environmental damage. In addition to causing harm to native ecosystems, invasive species can negatively...

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Site Profile System Changes in BC

Site Profile System Changes in BC

Site Profiles are a form used as a screening tool to identify potentially contaminated sites in British Columbia. They require readily available information about the past and present uses of a site as well as basic land description. Sites that are flagged for...

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Amendments to the Riparian Areas Regulation of BC

Amendments to the Riparian Areas Regulation of BC

Streams, lakes, wetlands and their riparian areas (i.e., streamside vegetation) are protected in BC as instream habitat in the form of water, trees, shrubs. Protection is provided under the Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR), which was enacted under Section 12 of the...

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Amendments of the Fisheries Act Become Law

Amendments of the Fisheries Act Become Law

On February 6th, 2018 bill C-68 proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act to restore lost protections as a result of previous changes to the Fisheries Act in 2012, while creating new protection for Canada’s marine resources. On June 21, 2019 these amendments to the...

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Groundwater Dewatering Discharge in the City of Vancouver

Groundwater Dewatering Discharge in the City of Vancouver

Groundwater and stormwater are required to be managed during site construction activities in the City of Vancouver (COV).  For a property that had industrial or commercial activities or is a contaminated site, the water would be required to be managed under a Waste...

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Brownfield Remedial Options Evaluations

Brownfield Remedial Options Evaluations

by Richard Johns, P.Eng. Once you have investigated a contaminated site and determine the presence and extent of contaminants, a determination on the preferred remediation option needs to be made. This is where the Keystone Environmental remediation engineers step in....

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How Engineers stay Relevant in 2019

by Francisco A. Perelló, P.Eng. The Role of Engineering in the World of Industry 4.0 As part of National Engineering Month, on March 5, 2019, I attended the UBC Student and Industry Night which was an excellent opportunity to socialize, share knowledge and career...

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Contaminated Soil Relocation in BC

Contaminated Soil Relocation in BC

Current and Future Changes Previously, soils that exceeded the former Schedule 7 standards of the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR) could only be moved to a site other than a permitted landfill with a Contaminated Soil Relocation Agreement.  These instruments were...

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Women in Environmental Science

Women in Environmental Science

At Keystone Environmental we know how important it is to see diversity in the workplace and to celebrate the accomplishments of all of our staff. In honour of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which was celebrated on February 11, we interviewed some of...

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Bird Nesting Season

Bird Nesting Season

As spring approaches, so do sensitive timing periods for a variety of wildlife. Recently, spring bird nesting has become the focus for many local municipalities during the permitting process for development projects. This means restrictions to when and where...

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Engineered Wetlands; Long Term Sustainable Solutions

  Planting Logistics While an engineered wetland approach is in itself innovative for dissolved sulphide wastewater treatment, providing a sustainable, low maintenance solution offers an additional environmental benefit. An engineered wetland enhances the...

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Contamination Impact on Land Value

The 2018 Property Assessment information has now been announced. Commercial property values in Greater Vancouver increased between the 5% - 50% range. BC Assessment's evaluation of Greater Vancouver includes the North Shore, Squamish, Burnaby, the Tri-Cities,...

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Hydrogeological Study

Hydrogeological Study

Hydrogeological Study Requirement for the City of Vancouver and other Jurisdictions The City of Vancouver (COV), Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department recently issued a Groundwater Management Bulletin, effective July 11, 2018, which pertains to a...

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Rain Gardens and Infiltration Systems

Rain Gardens and Infiltration Systems

Designing Infiltration Systems to Return Rainwater to the Ground With the rising density of housing in Metro Vancouver, many Municipalities are promoting the use of rain gardens and infiltration systems to reduce the volume water entering our storm sewers. Keystone...

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Acoustic Bat Monitoring

Acoustic Bat Monitoring

Bats are an important, but often an overlooked part of many natural and urban ecosystems, as they consume nuisance insect populations such as mosquitoes and beetles that impact crops and forestry. Currently, 15 of the 18 species of bat recognized in Canada occur in...

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New Regional Background Groundwater Concentrations Released

New Regional Background Groundwater Concentrations Released

The BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (BC ENV) has recently released Technical Bulletin 3: Regional Background Concentrations for Select Inorganic Substances in Groundwater.  The document provides regional background estimates are provided for...

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Side-Scan Sonar Surveys to Mitigate Impacts to Sturgeon

Side-Scan Sonar Surveys to Mitigate Impacts to Sturgeon

Keystone Environmental is using side-scan sonar during pre-dredging monitoring surveys to detect white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) and minimize risks to this important at-risk species. The Fraser River negatively impacts numerous shipping channels, harbours,...

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Environmental Considerations for Dedicated Land

Environmental Considerations for Dedicated Land

As part of the development process, many municipalities will request a portion of the property to be redeveloped be dedicated to the municipality.  The dedicated land is often to widen roads or sidewalks or for public amenities such as parkland. If the property to be...

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Collecting Accurate Data in Environmental Remediation

Collecting Accurate Data in Environmental Remediation

Field Equipment Usage & Maintenance is Key in Collecting Accurate Data The selection, maintenance and safe use of field equipment is essential to collecting accurate data in environmental remediation. In the scientific community there is a saying: “data is only as...

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Environmental DNA (eDNA)

Environmental DNA (eDNA)

A new and exciting opportunity to discover what species are living in a habitat has arrived! The process is called environmental DNA, or eDNA, and involves the analysis of environmental samples (e.g., water) to determine presence of a fish or aquatic wildlife species...

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Japanese Beetle Soil Movement Restrictions

Japanese Beetle Soil Movement Restrictions

As of April 27, 2018, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is restricting movement of soil and plant material out of the False Creek area due to the identification of an invasive plant pest, Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica).  For the designated area (as...

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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation

Reliable Operators Available 24 Hours a Day Keystone Environmental Ltd. has nearly thirty years of experience in wastewater treatment plant operation across British Columbia, from the Lower Mainland to remote locations in Northern British Columbia. Some of the...

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New Bill Proposed to Amend the Fisheries Act

New Bill Proposed to Amend the Fisheries Act

Potential for Change to the Project Review Process On February 6th, 2018 Bill C-68 was announced, which proposes significant amendments to the Fisheries Act. The focus of the amendments is the restoration of lost protection as a result of changes to the Fisheries Act...

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Off Site Migration

Off Site Migration

What to do if Someone has Contaminated your Site by Michael Geraghty, P.Geo. Senior Technical Manager You have just received a Notification of Likely or Actual Migration from your neighbor saying that they have off-site migration - contamination from their property...

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TCE Contamination Delineation, Remediation & Management

TCE Contamination Delineation, Remediation & Management

This project included the completion of a Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI) Stage 1 and Stage 2, Detailed Site Investigation (DSI), Remedial Options Evaluation, off-site remediation, Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment, and ongoing engineered barrier...

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Spill Response

Spill Response

Keystone Environmental assists clients in spill response activities ranging from initial impact assessment to directing and implementing response actions to protect the environment, effect clean up, and liaise with regulators and other interested parties. In April...

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Sointula Ferry Terminal Replacement

Sointula Ferry Terminal Replacement

The Sointula Ferry terminal replacement included removal of the existing wharf, life cycle improvements to the trestle and transfer span, and construction of a new berth in the area of the existing wharf, including a new ramp abutment, transfer span, apron, towers,...

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Lawson Foreshore Enhancement Project

Lawson Foreshore Enhancement Project

John Lawson Park, on the waterfront in the Ambleside West Vancouver community was in danger of damage from ocean wave action during King Tides.   Keystone Environmental worked with the District of West Vancouver to resolve this risk, while at the same time increasing...

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New Industrial Wharf & Shiploader

New Industrial Wharf & Shiploader

Keystone Environmental completed the environmental investigations and approvals for this facility upgrade. The plan was to replace the nearly 100-year-old wharf facility with a new Panamax bulk commodity ship loading facility. We completed the Phase I and II...

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Shoreline Protection Project

Shoreline Protection Project

Keystone Environmental completed a marine habitat assessment of 16 foreshore and backshore locations around the William Head Institution in Metchosin, BC in 2014/2015. We collected baseline habitat, sensitive species and species at risk information to support an...

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Vancouver Shipyards Modernization Project

Vancouver Shipyards Modernization Project

The Vancouver Shipyards Modernization Project involved the development of a shipbuilding and ship repair centre, which included reconfiguring existing buildings, eight new buildings and a load‑out facility. The $170 million dollar project was completed under budget...

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Discharge Permitting

Discharge Permitting

Discharge Permitting: Engineers Making Compliance Easier Does your business have an air or liquid discharge to the environment? Does your process generate air particulate or chemicals that regulatory agencies consider contaminants and are regulated under...

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Spring Bird Nesting

Spring Bird Nesting

by Jayme Brooks, B.Sc., R.PBio. Intermediate Biologist As spring approaches, so do sensitive timing periods for a variety of wildlife. Recently, spring bird nesting has become the focus for many local municipalities during the permitting process for...

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New Metal Groundwater Standards

New Metal Groundwater Standards

The recently adopted Stage 11 Amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulations (CSR) included new groundwater standards for metals such as cobalt, lithium and thallium that are less than the commonly observed background concentrations for these metals in...

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