Wittich Environmental Services Ltd. employs a team of Qualified Environmental Professionals who operate under the Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) to provide Riparian Assessments for clients developing within 30 m of a stream, lake or wetland. Our QEPs are trained in Riparian Areas Regulation Methodology to aid clients through the RAR process and associated municipal bylaws and government legislation. Assessments involve the identification and extent of Streamside Protection and Enhancement Areas (SPEAs) on the subject property, as well as measures that are required to ensure protection of the SPEA, stream and any down-steam watercourse. The SPEA setbacks for the development are protected, naturally vegetated areas that will provide shade and nutrients to valued aquatic ecosystems and fish habitat. Assessment Reports are provided to the client and submitted to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations via the RARNS website for direct review and approval. Upon acceptance from the Ministry, the local municipality is authorized to permit the development.
Wittich Environmental Services Ltd. provides on-site Environmental Monitoring (EM) services for construction projects that are situated in sensitive areas. Our EM staff is trained to monitor potential impacts to streams, wetlands, riparian areas or any sensitive habitat. The on-site monitoring inspections are conducted to protect the valued ecosystems during various construction activities, including: stream works, working in riparian areas and installations or upgrades of culverts and bridges. In collaboration with the client, WES can develop mitigation plans and ensure implementation to minimize impacts.
Erosion and Sediment Control
In accordance with Erosion and Sediment Control Best Management Practices, WES provides clients with Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Plans for construction and infrastructure projects or in stream works. Prior to approving work in sensitive areas, municipalities commonly require an ESC Plan. In collaboration with the client, WES applies knowledge of local hydrology, surficial soil geology, topography and existing storm water drainage systems to cost-effective develop ESC plans that will work for the project. Environmental Monitoring can be conducted to ensure that turbidity, measured as Total Suspended Solids (TSS) in water leaving the work site, does not exceed BC Approved Water Quality Guidelines for Turbidity.