One of the core services Beacon provides is the preparation of environmental impact assessments for projects at various scales in response to applicable municipal, provincial and/or federal regulations and policies. These studies typically involve assessments of existing conditions, liaison between clients and approval agencies, and recommendations for mitigation and management based on a comprehensive understanding of existing biophysical conditions.
Beacon’s impact assessments take an integrated approach that considers technical input from aquatic and terrestrial ecologists, arborists, fluvial geomorphologists and other disciplines as required.
In addition to impact assessment related to terrestrial and aquatic resources, Beacon is also able to work with project engineers to provide assessment of groundwater recharge and discharge areas, erosion threshold assessments and feature-based water balances.
Beacon’s staff have also conducted ecological risk assessments for a variety of aquatic and terrestrial non-human receptors, and have the demonstrated capacity for study design, executing field investigations and conducting related analyses.
- Environmental impact studies/assessments and natural heritage impact studies
- Due diligence natural heritage constraint assessments
- Natural heritage evaluations within the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan areas
- Natural heritage assessments under the Renewable Energy Act
- Site and feature-based water balances
- Mitigation and compensation plans for aquatic and terrestrial habitats