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By: M.k. Ince And Associates  09-12-2011

MKI has extensive experience completing Environmental Assessments in multiple jurisdictions. Environmental Assessment is the process by which we identify, predict, evaluate and mitigate the environmental and socio-economic effects of all stages of a proposed project at an appropriate scale, prior to making irreversible decisions and commitments.

Federally, the environmental assessment process is legislated under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and coordinated by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Certain types and sizes of development trigger the federal environmental assessment process. Provincial environmental assessment processes have different triggers, regulations, and requirements. Provincial processes themselves will vary between jurisdictions, but the purpose will remain the same. Below are some typical studies and processes that may be completed as part of any environmental assessment report:

  • Flora/Fauna: Desktop and field studies are done to determine what species, particularly species at risk, are present in the area. A biologist familiar with the area conducts a formal assessment. Correspondence with the appropriate agency will be conducted.
  • Archaeology: Some projects require an archaeological assessment of any lands to be disturbed by construction. This will identify areas of cultural or historical interest to consider during project planning so that disruptions of these sites are avoided and the project goes ahead as scheduled.
  • Noise: In certain jurisdictions, projects that will emit noise into the environment are subject to noise restrictions and assessment. Pre-construction modeling can be used to predict sound levels at nearby residences and reported to the appropriate agency.
  • Visual: Some projects will alter the look of the landscape which may be a concern to nearby residents. Depending on the project, this impact can be modeled and visualized prior to construction.
  • Public Consultation: The public will be consulted at all stages of the Environmental Assessment process. Open houses, newsletters, and personal communications are just some of the tools used to keep the public informed of project milestones and to address the public's questions and concerns.
  • First Nations Consultation: Local First Nations with traditional territory in the project area will also be consulted throughout the Environmental Assessment process.
  • Cumulative Effects: The impacts of each particular project can be affected - positively, negatively or inconsequentially - by nearby projects, either existing or proposed. These impacts need to be considered and included in the overall impact of the project.

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