Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an integral part of the planning and development process. EIA is an iterative process by which the anticipated effects of a proposed development on the environment are assessed and mitigation developed in consultation with the authorities, to inform the decision making process.
The EIA process, in combination with supporting technical assessments and a constantly evolving regulatory framework, can appear complex and confusing. However, if managed and implemented well, it offers an opportunity to enhance the environment, eliminate development risks and enhance reputation.
Waterco specialises in the assessment of the water environment and associated environs and is routinely involved in conducting studies related to Environmental Impact Assessment.
Waterco provides all EIA related services with regards to surface and ground water and the built and natural environment. These include:
- baseline assessments
- water quality monitoring programmes (e.g. chemical, macro-invertebrate)
- Flood Risk Assessments (FRA)
- Water Framework Directive (WFD) assessments
- pre-application regulator consultations
- consultation presentations and reports
- environmental statement preparation
- drainage plans
- Environment Agency H1 environmental risk assessments
- discharge of planning conditions
- Construction Environment Management Plans (CEMP) and post-construction monitoring.
Our project experience reflects our expertise in water related EIA. Example projects include:
- hydrology and Flood Risk EIA and FRA studies for multiple Overhead Line (OHL) infrastructure projects which included crossings of several catchments and effects on areas of water dependent environmental sensitivity
- EIA studies (including environmental statement preparation) completed for a range of water related disciplines (freshwater quality, marine water quality, hydrology and drainage, freshwater invertebrates and Water Framework Directive compliance assessments) in support of proposed nuclear development sites in the UK
- design, management and delivery of several high profile and long-running water quality monitoring programmes, including SSSI baseline water quality monitoring, freshwater and marine water pre-construction monitoring programmes for nuclear developments and quarry developments and Priority (and Priority Hazardous) Substance monitoring schemes
- various Water Framework Directive (WFD) assessments for wind farm developments, pipeline crossings and wetland habitat replacement schemes.