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Geosyntec Makes Significant Contributions to RPIC 2022 Virtual Canadian Federal Contaminated Sites Workshop

Geosyntec is sponsoring, presenting at, and helping plan the Federal Contaminated Sites Workshop hosted by the 2022 Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC). Workshop will be held online on November 2 and 3, 2022. The workshop, with a theme of "Climate Change Considerations in Contaminated Sites Management," is expected to have roughly 350 participants.

Our contributing practitioners are Tracy Dannell, EP (Ontario), Matthew Bardol, P.E., CFM, CPESC, D.WRE (Illinois), Rob Annear, Ph.D., P.E. (Oregon), Eric Amundsen, J.D. (Massachusetts), and Trevor Carlson (Saskatchewan).

As the event's first private-industry co-chair, Tracy worked closely with Public Services and Procurement Canada, the event company, and the main and technical committee to deliver the program, drawing upon her 13 years volunteering for these events and her deep understanding the industry in Canada.

Tracy is a Senior Environmental Scientist and Biologist with more than 16 years of experience focused on contaminated sites. Her work addresses impact assessments, natural sciences and resources, waste management, sustainable strategies, environmental regulations, and environmental compliance. Tracy is Canadian Operations federal, impact assessment, and natural sciences/resources lead and has worked with the Department of Defence to support an award-winning ESTCP remediation technology project at a Canadian base. At Geosyntec, she works to bring innovative remediation capabilities to the Canadian federal government.

Trevor is a Principal Environmental Consultant with more than 25 years of experience focused on environmental remediation projects including the characterization and remediation of hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, inorganics, and radionuclides.

Matt is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer with more than 20 years of diverse environmental and water resource engineering experience, providing a breadth of technical expertise to address the most complex water resource situations with innovative solutions.

Rob is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer with more than 25 years of experience focused on the development and calibration of hydrodynamic and water quality models for local, state and federal agencies, law firms, and clients in the mining, paper, aviation, hydropower, and water supply sectors.

Eric is a Senior Energy Transition Consultant who focuses on life-cycle assessment, sustainability, and environmental policy.

The Federal Contaminated Sites Workshops are the leading professional development events for Canadian federal and industry remediation experts, supporting those who help manage federal organization infrastructure and lands, including Canada's portfolio of contaminated sites. RPIC workshops are venues for professionals from the public, private, and academic sectors to meet and exchange new ideas and information with colleagues and industry representatives from across the country and abroad.

Presentation Summaries

Title: Managing Climate Change Risk to Contaminated Site Portfolios
Presenters: Matthew Bardol, Rob Annear, and Eric Amundsen
Time/Date: 2:00 p.m. EST, November 2, 2022
While climate change impacts can affect individual facilities, properties or contaminated sites, there is growing interest in how to rank climate change risks across a portfolio of contaminated sites that may be in different ecoregions and climatic zones. Coastal contaminated sites may experience impacts from coastal zone seal level rise and storm surge or upstream flooding. Inland sites may be more susceptible to flood risks, drought, decreases in snow pack, increases in precipitation, and overall temperature increases. These hazards are juxtaposed with an understanding of the nature and extent of contamination at each site. While detailed watershed modeling or flood studies can be done for individual contaminated sites, how does a resource manager evaluate the climate change risk to a portfolio of sites? The focus of this presentation will cover, at a high level, how to screen climate change risk across a portfolio of sites and help prioritize these sites for further consideration and analysis.

Title: Impacts of Climate Change on Contaminated Sites within Indigenous Communities
Panelists:

  • Ty Roberts, Reserve Land Manager, Lac La Ronge Indian Band
  • Michelle Cotton, Founder and President, Solstice Canada Corp.
  • Melanie Daniels, Consultation Coordinator and Land Manager, Louis Bull Tribe
  • Chantal Daoust, Ontario Regional Coordinator of Indigenous Relations, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Brent Baron, Senior Engineer, Indigenous Services Canada Community Infrastructure
Moderator: Trevor Carlson
Time/Date: 3:30 p.m. EST, November 3, 2022
This panel will discuss Indigenous perspectives and considerations related to climate change impacts on contaminated sites within Indigenous communities.

Title: How and where can we connect applicable sections of the Federal Impact Assessment Act to address Climate Change at federal contaminated sites?
Presenter: Tracy Dannell
Time/Date: 2:00 p.m. EST, November 2, 2022
All projects on Canadian federally owned and leased land, in and outside of Canada, must abide by sections 81 and 91 of the Canadian Impact Assessment Act (IAA), which can include contaminated site projects. The IAA and related policies require consideration of climate change as part of "effects of the environment" on projects as well as consideration of Canada's commitments in relation to climate change. The identification and implementation of applicable technically and economically feasible measures can enhance project resilience to future climate change conditions, which is paramount to minimize the risk of adverse effects on projects and the environment in the long-term. Additionally, the proposed activities, phases, and schedules need to consider the principles of sustainability in order to eliminate, reduce, mitigate, or compensate those potential effects on the environment.
For example, as part of the assessment of hydrological analysis, the process must consider how climate change can influence storm and surface water interactions and what measures can be implemented to ensure project resiliency. When conducting an Impact Assessment (IA), baseline conditions of a project area, its surroundings, and also the construction and operation of a proposed project are taken into consideration to determine whether a project is basic (standard mitigation measures and best practices can be performed) or non-basic (project-specific ones need to be determined).

Different Canadian federal organizations, and even groups and regions within them, can approach due diligence under these sections of the IAA differently. Therefore, the level of detail and connection to other components of managing federal real property, such as contaminated sites, can lead to duplication of efforts, missed opportunities to consult and gather applicable data and information, increased costs, and missed inclusion of mitigation measures and best practices currently available and understood by IA professionals.

This presentation will provide context and examples for contaminated sites projects and programs subject to sections 81 and 91 of the IAA where potential climate change impacts and/or resilience to climate change can be enhanced through the identification and implementation of applicable measures. An objective of this presentation is to cultivate discussion with the public and private audience to consider climate change resiliency in relation to sections 81 and 91 of the IAA and to contaminated sites projects and programs.

More Information

About the event: https://pheedloop.com/2022FCSworkshop/site/home/
About RPIC: https://rpic-ibic.ca/
For consultation regarding Canadian Federal components, natural sciences and resources, and impact assessments, contact Tracy the Canadian Operation Federal Lead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..