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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

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 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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New Keystone Environmental Staff

New Keystone Environmental Staff

Keystone Environmental continues to enjoy rapid growth and a healthy pipeline of projects and as such, we are always on the lookout for the best and brightest in the environmental field. Over the course of the last few months Keystone Environmental has...

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Stormwater Groundwater Management Regulatory Update

Stormwater Groundwater Management Regulatory Update

The City of Burnaby now requires groundwater management for site remediation and construction development activities in Burnaby to be incorporated into the storm water management reports. The reports will be renamed to “Storm and Ground Water Management...

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Contamination Impact on Land Value

Contamination Impact on Land Value

Commercial property values in Greater Vancouver increased between 15 to 30%. BC Assessment's evaluation of Greater Vancouver includes Vancouver, the North Shore, Squamish, Burnaby, the Tri-Cities, Richmond and Surrey. The commercial property values in the...

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National Pollutant Release Inventory

The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) 2016 reporting deadline of June 1, 2017 is fast approaching, and Keystone Environmental Ltd. offers the skills, resources and experience to improve your reporting and reduce costs. Annual reporting to the NPRI is...

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Project Manager New Years Resolutions

Project Manager New Years Resolutions

With 2017 right around the corner, brands and businesses are putting the finishing touches on their strategies for the New Year. Whether it’s exceeding revenue targets over 2016, reducing the cost of overhead or travel expenses, or perhaps increasing the...

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City Of Surrey Adopts New Ecosystem Protection By-law

The City of Surrey has adopted a new By-law changing the way projects are to be developed within 50 metres of a regulated watercourse or ditch. On September 12, 2016 the City of Surrey adopted its new Ecosystem Protection Measures (Sensitive Ecosystem...

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Chatterton Chemicals

Chatterton Chemicals

At this former Dow Chemical plant site, Chatterton Chemical's soil and groundwater were contaminated, the main source being a major toluene spill during plant operation.  Following more than 10 years of investigation and remediation by another consultant, a conclusion...

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Squamish Barge Spill

Squamish Barge Spill

In early April, the Canadian Coast Guard took control of two derelict barges after one barge was found sinking in the Mamquam Blind Channel. After spill containment booms were placed around the vessels, the Coast Guard retained Keystone Environmental to...

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Similkameen River Diesel Spill

In early April 2016, a fuel tanker truck with trailer and pup traveling east on the Crowsnest Highway was involved in a motor vehicle accident, which caused the pup trailer to rupture and veer over the embankment. This resulted in an estimated 26,000 Litres of marked...

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Alberta Wildfire Relief Fund

It has been a longstanding tradition at Keystone Environmental to give back to the community, supporting local charities and causes. This tradition is a strong component of our Company Culture and is sustained by the employees of Keystone Environmental and their...

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Annual Reporting National Pollutant Release Inventory

Annual Reporting National Pollutant Release Inventory

Annual reporting to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) is mandatory under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). The NPRI is Canada’s legislated, publicly accessible online inventory of pollutant releases, including disposals and...

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Reporting Requirements NPRI

Reporting Requirements NPRI

Since 1999, Environment Canada has collected data from Canadian companies regarding the release of known pollutants to air, water and land within Canada. Using the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI), the intent of the inventory is to: Identify...

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Proposed Changes BC Contaminated Sites Regulation

Proposed Changes BC Contaminated Sites Regulation

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) has recently issued a series of omnibus documents that describe the status of new stage 10 amendments to the BC Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR). The new amendments would involve changes to the environmental standards...

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Ministry of Environment Update

Ministry of Environment Update

The BC Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has put forth new guidance and directives regarding the evaluation of sub-surface workers, also known as trench workers/utility workers. One of the changes is that it is no longer a requirement to address acute or...

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City of Vancouver Remediation Policy Changes

City of Vancouver Remediation Policy Changes

As of September 16, 2015, the City of Vancouver has amended their Remediation on City Streets Policy.  Previously, the City of Vancouver had required the upper 3 meters of soil within City roadways to be remediated to the Contaminated Sites Regulations (CSR)...

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