An Environmental Constructions Operations Plan (ECO Plan) is a contractor's plan to identify and mitigate the environmental impacts that may result from their activities. ECO Plans are effective at streamlining the process between contractors and consultants and in recognising and managing the environmental issues that arise at each individual site. They consist of written procedures and drawings addressing the environmental issues and hazards that are project-related and how best to fulfil the project with the least amount of environmental degradation.
Care of Water Plans
With any body of water in any ecosystem, there are massive implications inherent to any project that would affect it. Maintaining water quality and quantity, protecting the rich and diverse ecosystems in place, balancing water consumption and environmental protection among many other social, economic and environmental objectives and requirements are all essential to water management. If your project involves any body of water, whether it be watershed or basin, river or lake, dugout or dam, it's imperative that proper water management is part of the groundwork for a successful project.
When planning a project, accurate biological information pertaining to the environment in which the project is being fulfilled in is a must. By conducting wildlife surveys that determine specific species of interest and general indicator species within a region, you will be able to manage any possible health and safety hazards to people working on site from animals that may cause harm if encountered (i.e. cougars, bears, etc) and set up management programs to limit those hazards as well as knowing if any animals in the region will be particularly affected or hindered by the project's operations.
Data from bird surveys provides important information on the population status and trends of bird species and populations within areas that act as important biological indicators of the environment. Changes in distribution or status of bird populations and species can signify potential or incoming environmental problems and can help track the success of ongoing management activities.
Fish Capture and Release
Fish that are trapped or stranded as a result of a project's operations are required to be captured, salvaged and released appropriately. Fish capture and release needs to be performed carefully and by experts to ensure there will me minimal to no injury to the fish and it must be done accordingly to policy as outlined by provincial and federal bodies.