From large-scale projects like the Pattullo Bridge to species-focused studies such as the Habitat Stewardship Protection Program, Bailey Environmental is at the forefront of environmental management.
Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project
In 2021, Bailey was retained by Fraser Crossing Constructors Partnership Group (FCCGP) to provide environmental monitoring, management, and compliance support for the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project (PBRP) in Surrey and New Westminster, BC. Bailey is currently providing a team of environmental monitors (EMs) who are QEPs (qualified environmental professionals) for both uplands and in-water works, along with senior compliance support.
The principal responsibility of the team is to help the project meet compliance commitments with all environmental permit requirements, legislation, and best management practices (e.g., Construction and Environmental Management Plan (CEMP), permit issued by the Environmental Assessment Office [EAO], PER permit issued by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority [VFPA], FAA issued by Fisheries and Oceans). Bailey is responsible for day-to-day implementation of the Environmental Management Plans, compliance with permit requirements, and other regional and provincial regulations as well as managing, tracking, and resolving environmental issues. The project includes upland (piling, concrete works, roadworks), in-water (piling, placement of rock for bridge foundation and riverbank protection, densification, concrete works), and near-water works. The EMs are responsible for conducting pre-clearing nest surveys, fish and amphibian salvages, water quality monitoring, spill response, inspections, and communications with project team members.
Habitat Stewardship Protection Program
Surveying High Productivity Wetland and Riparian Environments in the Fraser Valley for Pacific Water Shrew and Oregon Forestsnail. The Habitat Stewardship Protection Program (HSP) is a program established by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for “Canadian companies to contribute directly to the recovery objectives and population goals of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act” (Government of Canada, 2023).
In 2021, Bailey in partnership with A.E.W. Limited Partnership (AEW) and J Hobbs Ecological Consulting (JHEC), was awarded two years of funding to complete an inventory for two sympatrically occurring federally listed endangered species: Pacific water shrew (Sorex bendirii) and Oregon Forestsnail (OFS) (Allogona townsendiana). Project work focused on identifying new occurrence locations and trialing novel non-invasive eDNA detection methods for the target taxa with the hope that gathered data could be used at a later date to support the creation of Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA) designations for OFS and Pacific water shrew. Work was completed within lower elevation peri-urban and rural areas along the Fraser Valley between Port Moody and Hope. Data collected during the field program helped to inform development of a habitat suitability model created by ECCC, to characterize and identify Critical Habitat (CH) for endangered OFS.
Data analysis, logistics planning, project management and general project coordination was completed by Bailey. GIS services provided by Campbell Geospatial. Pacific Water Shrew camera trapping and expertise provided by Jess Findley. Spatial mapping of proposed survey locations, GPS transect mapping, OFS occurrence mapping and final report writing was completed by both Bailey and JHEC. QAQC of data and field work, was completed by A.E.W, Bailey and JHEC. Administrative services were completed by A.E.W. Technical expertise on target taxa was provided by JHEC.
The Bailey team recently completed a major scope of work on the marine program for Boskalis Canada Dredging and Marine Services Ltd. Michelle Bailey led the marine mammal monitoring program from 2018 – 2021 for dredge works in the in-water work window and provided technical senior review and Qualified Professional (QP) sign-off on the weekly and monthly environmental water quality and effluent monitoring reports.
Part of this scope of work included developing a detailed training program targeted for the biologists, work crew, and maritime crew. The training program include included developing project-specific training materials, and training materials specific to the biology, behaviour, and identification of species found within the Kitimat Harbour, as well as standard protocols for estimating distance and weather conditions. This scope of work was a success: there were no non-compliance permitting issues, no marine mammals were harmed or disturbed during the work, all members of the highly diverse team worked collaboratively and amicably.
During the environmental assessment and permitting phase, Michelle Bailey filled the role of Marine Discipline Lead with Stantec. Michelle led a team of biologists in collecting data, literature, and traditional knowledge (TK), writing and reviewing assessments on every marine aspect (e.g., marine mammals, benthic invertebrates, aquatic vegetation, wake and prop wash impacts, disposal at sea sites). Included in the data collection scope of work were several training programs for the local communities. Each survey conducted teamed biologists with First Nations technicians who had been through the training programs (e.g., marine mammal observations, intertidal surveys, water quality). In this way, the trainees were able to hone their skills and often returned season after season and assisting with the training programs. This scope of work was a success: all permits were approved to complete the work, valuable environmental data was acquired in a scientific manner which contributed to the project and the larger scientific community, building positive relationships and capacity within the local communities (i.e., Haisla in Kitimaat Village, Gitga’at in Hartley Bay, and Gitxaala in Kitkatla).
Bailey is currently working with different contractors on other project scopes in Kitimat.
Watch video of Michelle Bailey discussing the assessment phase here
North Vancouver Assessment of Aquatic Health
We completed programs in 2018, 2020, and 2022 to assess the aquatic health of four watersheds in North Vancouver, B.C. (Mackay, Mosquito, Mission-Wagg, and Lynn). Assessments are conducted biannually according to the Monitoring and Adaptive Management Framework (AMF) guidelines1.
The AMF guidelines were developed by Metro Vancouver in 2014 to create a standardized approach for municipalities in the region to monitor stormwater, assess the effectiveness of Integrated Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs), and recommend adaptive management practices. We sampled water quality, sediment quality, and benthic invertebrate data was collected each year. The AMF water quality program requires sampling during the dry season (between July and August) and wet season (between November and December). Each sample season is conducted over a 30-day period, with samples collected five times per season (distributed as evenly as possible throughout the 30-day period). The results of the assessments help the City and District of North Vancouver make informed decisions about their respective ISMPs.
1Monitoring and Adaptive Management Framework for Stormwater. Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management. A Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan for the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District and Member Municipalities. September 2014. Metro Vancouver.