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Join our Team! Looking for Junior – Intermediate Biologists / Environmental Scientists

AquaTerra is seeking up to two (2) permanent positions for intermediate biologists. A B.Sc. or M.Sc., are preferable degrees although applicable diploma programs will also be considered. Previous environmental monitoring, salvage, songbird nesting survey, invasive species, environmental assessment and species-at-risk experience are assets! Also, experience with power equipment, a willingness for some ‘unglorified’ sweaty work periodically, and media sampling (surface water, groundwater, sediment and soil) are also desirable assets.  We offer a flexible schedule, the ability to work from home, and a very competitive salary. We also offer what the bigger companies don’t – the ability to work in a variety of aspects of the environmental consulting field on a myriad of different projects.

If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to: info@aquaterra.ca. Applicants should be eligible for, or have the following designations: Registered Professional Biologists (RPBio), Registered Biology Technologists (RBTech), Biologists in Training (BIT), and Registered Biology Technologists in Training (Trainee (RBTech)).

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden Koi Salvage

AquaTerra volunteered its personnel and equipment to assist in facilitating the salvage of remaining koi at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden. AquaTerra worked collaboratively with the Vancouver Park Board, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden, and the Vancouver Aquarium personnel. We utilized our 100 ft. seine net to corral the two (2) remaining adult koi and transfer via hand nets to aerated holding totes for transfer to the Vancouver Aquarium. Approximately 200-300 juvenile koi were also captured and relocated. We also undertook hand netting and electrofishing to assess for any other adult and juvenile koi following completion of the seining. The work was undertaken given the cultural importance and heritage value of the koi to the garden, and AquaTerra utilized its experience with fish salvages on various other projects to expeditiously complete the salvages.

Video link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ddit6s1aylejc5w/AABTEtQ_VoebZ0iUkDi0O7tTa?dl=0

Thank-you to our clients!

A BIG thank-you to our both are new and existing, loyal clients. Today we mark a milestone, having surpassed 700 projects. We appreciate all of your business and are honoured and humbled that you have selected us to represent you and assist you in managing the environmental components of your projects. Thank-you again!

Projects, Projects and More Projects

Hello everyone! There has been a lull in updates on our website, and its not because we have gone anywhere. In contrast, we have been extremely busy with a variety of projects. Last time we posted here, we had completed approximately 250 projects and are now approaching 450. These past few years, we have been very busy with the Evergreen Line and continue to undertake a variety of largescale environmental monitoring and management projects. We are moving forward with the next phases of the Beaver Lake Enhancement Project and have recently commenced work on a number of Metro Vancouver Park projects. 2016 looks like it will be a busy year, with over 20 projects initiated this year thus far. We anticipate some very exciting habitat assessment, design and restoration projects and out continued work with First Nations.

Habitat Enhancement and Restoration

AquaTerra recently designed and oversaw the construction of a permanent and seasonal pond complex in Pitt Meadows – next step – planting. Formerly a monostand of Reed Canarygrass, the site is particularly complex as it is influenced by spring freshet and daily tidal cycles. Four (4) months of water depth monitoring was used to assess optimal elevations for the ponds. This involved the installation of seven (7) slotted monitoring wells and logging water depth measurements. The intent was to identify the optimal depth to facilitate use by numerous sensitive species / species-at-risk, while discouraging colonization by invasive species (e.g., Bullfrog and Reed Canarygrass).

Habitat Restoration, Enhancement and Reclamation

International Opportunities

In July, AquaTerra was invited by the BC Ministry of International Trade to give a presentation to a delegation of companies from the Guangdong province in China.

Using a translator, AquaTerra presented its key services including Environmental Assessments, Environmental Monitoring, Fish / Wildlife, Urban Planning and Development, Habitat Restoration, Enhancement and Compensation, and Media Sampling.

Following the event, a number of companies expressed interest in learning more about AquaTerra and our interest in partnering with companies based in China. Stay tuned!

Beaver Lake Restoration Project – City of Vancouver Parks

AquaTerra is currently leading a multi-disciplinary team of consultants for the City of Vancouver Beaver Lake project. The project relates to the restoration of Beaver Lake, which is rapidly infilling with sediment and has been adversely affected by anthropogenic activities. The scope of work includes aquatic and terrestrial surveys, hydrogeological and contamination testing, species-at-risk planning, First Nations consultation, public and stakeholder consultation, and the development of a comprehensive restoration strategy. More details can be found on the City of Vancouver website: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/beaver-lake-restoration.aspx

 

Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge Upgrade Project wins First Place!

AquaTerra worked with Seismic 2000 on the Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge Upgrade project this year, which just won 1st place in the 2012 Deputy Ministers Contractor of the Year Awards. The bridge is situated over the Creston Wildlife Management area and runs over two fish-bearing watercourses, which increased the environmental scrutiny associated with the project. AquaTerra was responsible for developing the environmental monitoring plan (EMP), conducting periodic inspections / water testing, maintaining work area boundaries outside of sensitive areas, monitoring for sensitive wildlife and vegetation, and ensuring that impacts to nesting / migratory birds were not occurring as a result of the works.

Congratulations to all involved: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/celebratingexcellence/contractors.htm#bridges

Environmental Monitoring (EM) and Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC)

Winter is upon us again, which means that environmental monitoring for construction projects and verifying compliance with Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) plans are in full swing. AquaTerra is currently involved in a number of high-profile projects, including Telus Garden in Downtown Vancouver and the Still Creek Recycling and Works Yard in Burnaby. We’re also involved with a number of single- and multi-family residential developments in Coquitlam, Burnaby, Abbotsford and Anmore. Our personnel have formal environmental monitoring training and have received their BC-Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (BC-CESCL) designations. We also have developed numerous ESC plans, Environmental Management Plans (EMPs), and are experienced with water quality testing and treatment options (e.g., Sumas treatment systems, Stormtec units, passive treatments). Feel free to contact us for more information.


 

Oregon Spotted Frog

This year, we were retained to ensure that adverse impacts to of one the most endangered amphibians in Canada – the Oregon Spotted Frog – did not occur during routine channel maintenance work in the Fraser Valley. To achieve this objective, intensive monitoring was undertaken during the works, including the thorough examination of vegetation removed from watercourses. The Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) routinely salvaged amphibians including Red-legged Frogs, Northwestern Salamanders, Rough-skinned Newts, Pacific Chorus Frogs (Tree Frogs) and, the highly valued Oregon Spotted Frog (photograph below).

Rana pretiosa

Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa)

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