Environmental Monitoring is an environmental management practice that is implemented on most construction and development projects to characterize and monitor the quality of the environment. It is used in the preparation of environmental impact assessments, as well as in many circumstances in which human activities carry a risk of harmful effects on the natural environment.
All monitoring strategies and programs have reasons and justifications which are often designed to establish the current status of an environment or to establish trends in environmental parameters. The design of a monitoring program must provide information that is consistent, relevant, defensible, unambiguous, and meets the expectations of project stakeholders. It is a challenging discipline requiring broad environmental and construction knowledge and a diverse mix of technical and communication skills.
Keystone Environmental provides monitoring services for projects requiring a third-party Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and for projects to maintain compliance with environmental requirements and management measures. We have provided monitoring services for a diverse range of projects, such as in-water hydrophone monitoring to avoid impacts to fish during construction of port and bridge infrastructure projects, erosion and sediment control monitoring for residential and commercial building developments. These plans include:
- Developing and implementing Environmental Monitoring Plans (Performance Monitoring Plans and Environmental Effects Monitoring) and Best Management Practices (BMP)
- Provide qualified environmental monitoring
- Project completion reporting and environmental monitoring reporting
- Post construction monitoring of compensation and restoration plans
- Additional services include fish salvages from work areas, riparian transplanting, wildlife relocation