Clubroot - Being Part of the Solution

Assessing risk is a big part of what we do here at Nichols.  In tandem with cleaning up or monitoring sterilant and herbicide impacts on agricultural land, we need to keep in mind our own potential impacts as clubroot is a growing problem for farmers in Canada.  Clubroot (a plant pathogen) affects mustard plant species like canola and is easily spread when we move soil from one site to another.

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Soil movement can be via boots, equipment, tire treads, trucks, etc.; hence the importance of sanitizing our equipment not only after we leave an agricultural site but before we enter it as well.  We love where we work so it’s important to us that we are aware, informed, and part of the solution. - R. Hiebert

Corporate Announcement

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New decade, new vision!  We are excited to announce our refreshed brand identity as ‘Nichols’, which coincides with our domain change to Nichols.ca. Our brand revitalization is a momentum builder for the future, while still offering the same industry leading environmental, geotechnical, civil and hazardous building materials consulting and project management services that our clients have come to expect and count on.

Regulatory Forms

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When site assessments confirm the presence of contaminants in the soil/groundwater, there are often requirements to submit the results to regulators.  Whether in Alberta, British Columbia, or Saskatchewan, each province has their own notification document(s) that require completion and submission to a regulatory body.  In our February health and safety meeting, we presented a high-level overview of each province’s notification process and who, as a designated professional, can sign the documents.  Continued learning is always at the forefront for all staff at Nichols. – D. Nuell

Ground Disturbance

Ground disturbance (GD) – it’s what we do!

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There is no way around it... to clean up the earth we need to dig deep and disturb the ground.  Of course, this needs to be done with caution given the myriad of buried infrastructure that we could encounter at any given site.  That is why at today’s HSE meeting, we focused on an in-depth review of best practices with respect to GD.  At the end of the day, the number-one priority with all project work involving GD is to ensure we have taken all steps to a) eliminate the risk of damaging buried infrastructure and b) complete the task at hand without incident.  The first and most basic step is reaching out to your local One Call authority (at http://albertaonecall.com/ in AB), which is a free service, to locate all public utility lines at your site.  Of course, there are many other resources available to us to help eliminate the risk associated with GD and we even added a few new ones to our internal GD policy that came up through our open discussion today.  That’s the goal: do the job, do it well, and do it without incident – and in our line of work, GD planning is essential to realizing this goal!  B. Rakewich

In Situ Remediation - B. Rakewich

The site evaluation process is of the utmost importance when it comes to designing an in situ remedial program.  Outside of identifying your contaminants of concern, having a thorough understanding of plume dynamics, soil lithology, groundwater chemistry, hydraulic conductivity, and site infrastructure are key components that need to be considered during the evaluation process.

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A thorough site evaluation will help narrow down your amendment selection, which should almost always be vetted through a bench and/or pilot study.  Once you have confidence that your site is a solid candidate for in situ remediation, the remedial program can be tailor-made specifically to the site.  Multiple amendment delivery technologies (which can be applied simultaneously) should always be considered as part of the design phase, which will ultimately help reach the remedial end points established for a site.  Lastly, real-time monitoring needs to be in place during amendment delivery to document the radius of influence and reactivity of an amendment – and a well thought-out monitoring/sampling program after amendment delivery will provide you with the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the in situ remedial program.  We all want to have successful project completion, so why wouldn’t we take the time to properly evaluate our site and design an in situ remedial program that will give us the best possible outcome?

The Value of Communication - L. Baer

Even the best due diligence practices and environmental modelling software cannot always prepare one for actual field-level remediation programs.  During our monthly safety meeting, we reviewed a project showcase of a remedial excavation program where the amount of contaminated material nearly doubled from not one but two environmental consultants’ initial estimates.  One lesson we learn from these kinds of projects is that constant communication with your client is the key to success!

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Locations

Head Office – Edmonton
17331 – 107th Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1E5

Phone: (780) 484-3377
Fax: (780) 484-5093

Calgary Office
427 Manitou Road SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4C2

Phone: (403) 452-1820
Fax: (403) 984-8803

Peace Region
#2, 4115 - 41st Avenue
Whitecourt, Alberta T7S 0A3

Office: (780) 484-3377
Toll Free: 1-877-888-6325

Saskatoon Office
Office: 1-877-888-6325

What's New

  • March 06, 2020
    Assessing risk is a big part of what we do here at Nichols.  In tandem with cleaning up or monitoring sterilant and herbicide impacts on agricultural land, we need to keep in mind our own p...
  • February 24, 2020
    New decade, new vision!  We are excited to announce our refreshed brand identity as ‘Nichols’, which coincides with our domain change to Nichols.ca. Our brand revitalizat...

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