DST has the capacity to work with public and private clients to achieve environmental compliance on a wide variety of projects. Our highly experienced team has a thorough understanding of the planning system, and the procedural and technical aspects of environmental impact assessments. We can provide services required by both federal and provincial agencies.
The prediction of minesite drainage chemistry is an integral part of mine design and impact assessment. The quality of water draining from a mine must be shown to meet strict environmental regulations and water quality standards. Issues such as acid rock drainage (ARD) and metal leaching (ML) have the potential to produce severe impacts on the surrounding environment,
Weather and climate are important pre-development considerations for mine design as meteorological data is used for several environmental models required for permit applications, including Environmental Compliance Approvals for air emissions and noise.
Hydrological services provided by DST for the mining industry consist of desktop studies, flow monitoring and the installation of hydrometric stations. The hydrology baseline data reports are completed and utilized throughout the development process to support eventual mine design, dam design and mine permitting.
DST environmental services group consists of experienced hydrogeologists and environmental engineers that can provide hydrogeological studies for contaminant modeling, groundwater management, groundwater supply and permitting. Services provided include ground water management design, pump tests and characterization of contaminant plumes and their migration.
DST conducts surface water and sediment quality studies for our clients to meet a variety of project objectives including baseline environmental monitoring, advanced exploration monitoring, compliance with metal mining effluent regulations (MMER) and closure monitoring.
DST has conducted numerous vegetation and soils surveys for private and public sector clients. Vegetation and soils surveys are conducted for our clients to meet a variety of project objectives including providing clear and impartial information about a project’s potential environmental and social impacts in order to satisfy Environmental Impact Assessment requirements.
Fisheries resources represent a key component of any baseline assessment related to mining and exploration activities. Numerous Provincial and Federal regulatory agencies require a thorough understanding of the fisheries resources in the vicinity of a project; as well as how the proposed development and related infrastructure may impact the environment prior to permitting a project.
DST’s team of biologists are experienced in collecting environmental data on terrestrial resources for mine permitting and environmental effects mitigation. Predicting potential impact during the planning phase allows DST to assist in project design improvement. DST’s biologists have extensive experience conducting wildlife surveys, assessments and inventories.
DST provides Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Solutions for Mining Services. The GIS section provides a variety of Mapping and GIS Solutions across the country, including a variety of remote and northern regions. The GIS cartography and data processing is primarily completed using the ESRI Suite of products, but can complete figure creation with the use of AutoCAD.
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