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Environmental Monitors / Fish Salvage Personnel

Looking for environmental monitors and fish salvage personnel (with a preference for electrofishing certification) to assist during this year’s busy field season. Ideal candidates would have experience in both monitoring and salvage. Please send your resume to

Intermediate Biologist / Environmental Scientist Wanted

AquaTerra is looking for an Intermediate Biologist / Environmental Scientist to join our team. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in environmental monitoring and the development of Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) Plans, Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMPs) and Environmental Protection Plans (EPPs). The candidate would also have a strong background in policy and regulations, fish/wildlife, and species-at-risk, and have good organizational and client relation skills. Experience should be at least 5 years within the consulting industry. Please send resumes and cover letters to Course work in ESC, environmental monitoring, and electrofishing would be assets.

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.


AquaTerra has had a phenomenal year! With a record number of new project starts in 2013 and a list of projects already in the queue, we are forecasting a busy and rewarding 2014. There will be a lot of changes next year – AquaTerra is expanding to include an operational division (with a focus on habitat restoration and enhancement including the design, excavation/equipment and physical planting works) and an invasive species division. Stay tuned for additional exciting details, including new companies and new personnel in 2014. We’d like to thank all of our good friends, colleagues and associates for their hard work and contributions this past year. We’re humbled to have worked with many highly regarded companies and members of academia, First Nations, government, and non-profit agencies.

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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!

Electrofisher Wanted

There is currently a vacancy for an electrofisher for our busy upcoming field season. Please contact us and send along a resume if you are interested in joining the team this year.

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:


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:

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.


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