Natural Resources

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Successful natural resource management means understanding and managing ecosystem links and interactions. By integrating and enhancing natural resource principles in planning and decision, we have the power to benefit stakeholders, businesses and the wider community.

Our scientists, ecologists, analysts and resource economists design robust, cost effective and scientifically based natural resource management (NRM) solutions. We work with water authorities, local government, land management agencies, planning authorities, legal firms, urban developers, NRM and agri-businesses, traditional owners corporations, and companies planning infrastructure projects (such as dams, irrigation, agricultural enterprises, wind farms, and mining and energy provision). We’re known for our practical, solution-based approach to ecologically sustainable development.

By working with GHD, you can draw on our skill in ecological, natural resource and agricultural impact assessment, restoration, biosecurity and landscape planning, resource economic analysis, constraints mapping and geographic spatial analysis and community engagement, and capacity building to deliver practical and value-added management outcomes.

Services

We have a proven track record in delivering:

  • Natural Resource Damage
  • Agriculture
  • Terrestrial and aquatic ecological survey, monitoring, analysis and assessment - interpreting relationships between plants, animals, vegetation, weeds and pests, water and the environment; incorporating these findings in land management plans
  • Flora and fauna impact assessments - understanding the relationship with plants, animals and their environment and assessment of project impacts against state and federal guidelines and policies
  • Monitoring Evaluation and reporting strategies and plans including program logic approaches, detailed evaluations plans, audits and monitoring programs
  • Development of biodiversity and environmental offsets – including Biobanking and environmental offset assessments to generate conservation outcomes from the development of major projects
  • Ecological risk assessments from qualitative to quantitative assessments that assess the risk to ecological values from waste discharges, marine dredging, pest plants and animals, marine pests, groundwater drawdown and environmental water
  • Rigorous economic analysis to support decision making in NRM, agriculture/horticulture, carbon farming initiatives, water policy and reform, forestry and fisheries
  • Landscape management - working to manage and enhance multiple values across entire landscapes
  • Options analysis and feasibility assessment to participate in the carbon market, including Traditional Owner lands
  • Agricultural impact assessment – balancing the important economic, social and environmental outcomes of farming with other land use options
  • Catchment management - integration of land, water and ecological values across a catchment to underpin sustainable management planning
  • Natural resource risk assessments and mitigation - identification of factors driving risks to a value (human life, species, ecological process or asset) based on a particular management scenario, natural hazard (such as weeds, bushfire, climate change or flood) or development, and identification of actions to mitigate risk
  • Natural resource policy management and evaluation - working with local, state and federal government to develop strategic, operational and tactical policy

Willow Run Creek Site, Michigan

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The Willow Run Creek Site involved the remediation of over 340,000 cubic yards of polychlorinated biphenyl impacted sediments and soil. GHD developed a program of pre-design studies, including pilot-scale dredging/dewatering studies, to determine the optimal method of sediment removal and processing.

The selected remedy involved dewatering of the work area, water treatment, and solidification of the sediments to provide the necessary strength for placement in a site-dedicated consolidation disposal facility (CDF). The CDF was designed to meet stringent Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste disposal facility standards. 

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