Ecological Monitoring for Construction: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
While monitoring and management of protected adjacent wetland features is a common condition of most anthropogenic activity approvals, no standard method for such work currently exists in Canada on a national (or provincial) level. Ecological monitoring methods open vary between sites depending on the preferred
methods of the body conducting the work, and/or associated regulatory agencies. Consequently, the absence of standardization for ecological monitoring results in wide‐ranging interpretation, development, implementation and quality of monitoring plans which in turn creates a “grey area” when it comes to consistency, compliance and accountability. What can you do to make sure you are working in compliance when there is no standard?
1. Steps to create an ecological monitoring plan for construction projects.
2. Learn qualitative and quantitative methods and how they can be used together for best results.
3. Understand what is suitable criteria and timelines for wetland ecosystems.