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We have decades of experience to offer practical and effective protection, mitigation, and stewardship strategies, including monitoring, to manage vegetation and wildlife in natural areas, prior to or following disturbance.

Ecology

 

We have decades of experience to offer practical and effective protection, mitigation, and stewardship strategies, including monitoring, to manage vegetation and wildlife in natural areas, prior to or following disturbance.

 
 
SPEEDVALE AVENUE BRIDGE TRAIL UNDERPASS EIS  Aboud & Associates completed an environmental impact study, feasibility study and preliminary design for a multi-use trail to connect a critical gap in central spine of the city’s off-road active transportation network and the Trans Canada Trail. Due to the sensitive natural heritage features and regulated lands within the speed river corridor study area, our ecologists and arborists undertook extensive aquatic, terrestrial and wildlife investigations, as well as incorporating additional slope stability, floodwall condition assessment, geotechnical, geomorphic characterization, and hydraulic assessment studies commissioned by the city to satisfy reviewing agency and committee terms of reference. At this time, council has directed city staff to further explore design alternatives that minimize impacts to the natural heritage system and minimize risk to users.

SPEEDVALE AVENUE BRIDGE TRAIL UNDERPASS EIS

Aboud & Associates completed an environmental impact study, feasibility study and preliminary design for a multi-use trail to connect a critical gap in central spine of the city’s off-road active transportation network and the Trans Canada Trail. Due to the sensitive natural heritage features and regulated lands within the speed river corridor study area, our ecologists and arborists undertook extensive aquatic, terrestrial and wildlife investigations, as well as incorporating additional slope stability, floodwall condition assessment, geotechnical, geomorphic characterization, and hydraulic assessment studies commissioned by the city to satisfy reviewing agency and committee terms of reference. At this time, council has directed city staff to further explore design alternatives that minimize impacts to the natural heritage system and minimize risk to users.

HILLSBURG DAM ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT  Aboud & Associates Incorporated (AA) was retained by Triton Engineering Services Limited (Triton) on behalf of the Town of Erin to complete the natural heritage component of a Schedule B Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA was completed in order to determine the best option to ensure the long term safety of the Hillsburgh Dam, Bridge and Pond.  The Hillsburgh Dam is an earthen berm located within the community of Hillsburgh, part of the Town of Erin, within Wellington County. The water held back by the Dam creates the Hillsburgh Pond, an approximately 9.0 ha open body of water with associated wetland areas. The study area for the Natural Environment report is 77.05 ha, centered on the Hillsburgh Dam and includes lands upstream and downstream of the dam. Natural features within the study area include Provincially Significant Wetlands, meadows, open water communities and forests.  The natural heritage studies of the EA characterized and mapped the significant natural features within the study area, identified potential constraints and analyzed proposed alternatives. These findings were considered as part of the Analysis of Alternatives.

HILLSBURG DAM ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Aboud & Associates Incorporated (AA) was retained by Triton Engineering Services Limited (Triton) on behalf of the Town of Erin to complete the natural heritage component of a Schedule B Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA was completed in order to determine the best option to ensure the long term safety of the Hillsburgh Dam, Bridge and Pond.

The Hillsburgh Dam is an earthen berm located within the community of Hillsburgh, part of the Town of Erin, within Wellington County. The water held back by the Dam creates the Hillsburgh Pond, an approximately 9.0 ha open body of water with associated wetland areas. The study area for the Natural Environment report is 77.05 ha, centered on the Hillsburgh Dam and includes lands upstream and downstream of the dam. Natural features within the study area include Provincially Significant Wetlands, meadows, open water communities and forests.

The natural heritage studies of the EA characterized and mapped the significant natural features within the study area, identified potential constraints and analyzed proposed alternatives. These findings were considered as part of the Analysis of Alternatives.

WOOLWICH BRIDGES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT  Aboud & Associates (AA) was retained by GM BluePlan to complete Scoped Environmental Impact Studies for three bridges within the Township of Woolwich that are currently noted to be in poor shape. Studies were conducted by AA to assess the existing conditions of surrounding wetland and vegetation communities.  As part of the EIS, alternatives for each bridge (repair, replace, remove or do nothing) and their anticipated impacts to the natural communities were analyzed. Mitigation measures were recommended in order to minimize negative impacts, and to enhance the surrounding natural communities. The potential alternatives were examined for compliance with the Grand River Conservation Authority’s Policies for the Administration of the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourse Regulation (Ont. Eg. 150/06), the Provincial Policy Statement, Fisheries Act and the policies of the Township of Woolwich and Region of Waterloo. Due to requirements from GRCA and the Region of Waterloo, a second season botanical inventory for all bridges as well as wetland delineations for Glasgow St and Middlebrook are necessary. These works will be undertaken during the spring and summer of 2018, pending approval from the Township of Woolwich.

WOOLWICH BRIDGES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Aboud & Associates (AA) was retained by GM BluePlan to complete Scoped Environmental Impact Studies for three bridges within the Township of Woolwich that are currently noted to be in poor shape. Studies were conducted by AA to assess the existing conditions of surrounding wetland and vegetation communities.

As part of the EIS, alternatives for each bridge (repair, replace, remove or do nothing) and their anticipated impacts to the natural communities were analyzed. Mitigation measures were recommended in order to minimize negative impacts, and to enhance the surrounding natural communities. The potential alternatives were examined for compliance with the Grand River Conservation Authority’s Policies for the Administration of the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourse Regulation (Ont. Eg. 150/06), the Provincial Policy Statement, Fisheries Act and the policies of the Township of Woolwich and Region of Waterloo. Due to requirements from GRCA and the Region of Waterloo, a second season botanical inventory for all bridges as well as wetland delineations for Glasgow St and Middlebrook are necessary. These works will be undertaken during the spring and summer of 2018, pending approval from the Township of Woolwich.

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GUELPH BRIDGES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

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CALEDON BRIDGES/CULVERTS  As part of a consulting team lead by GM BluePlan Engineering, Aboud & Associates prepared the ecological components of the multi-year/multi-phased Caledon Structure Program Environmental Assessments and Detailed Design. Collaborating with the design engineers, municipal staff and conservation authority staff, our Ecologists, Arborists and Landscape Architects developed a standardized approach to the assessment and restoration of nine creek crossings and associated bridge and culvert structures throughout the Town of Caledon.

CALEDON BRIDGES/CULVERTS

As part of a consulting team lead by GM BluePlan Engineering, Aboud & Associates prepared the ecological components of the multi-year/multi-phased Caledon Structure Program Environmental Assessments and Detailed Design. Collaborating with the design engineers, municipal staff and conservation authority staff, our Ecologists, Arborists and Landscape Architects developed a standardized approach to the assessment and restoration of nine creek crossings and associated bridge and culvert structures throughout the Town of Caledon.

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DUNDALK INDUSTRIAL LANDS/WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY

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Aboud & Associates Inc.

Guelph, ON 519.822.6839