Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology and Permitting

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Burnside’s Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology teams support diverse project needs for municipal and land development client applications, including habitat assessments, permitting, and approval coordination

Capabilities and Expertise

The specialized services that we provide relates to the quality of staff on our project teams. Our staff have developed and maintained excellent relationships with regulating agencies, are fully competent in permitting and approvals, with a deep understanding of the aquatic and terrestrial environment.

Our ecologists support each project by understanding the environment, using suitable mitigation through detailed design, permit acquisition, and construction. We have developed discipline-specific geographic information systems that provide constraints mapping to support planning and design, ultimately facilitating project permitting. Our team has completed simple undertakings to complex authorizations under the Fisheries Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Federal Species at Risk Act.

Our Team

Our team leaders who can help you with your next project include:

  • Kevin Butt
  • Christopher Pfohl

Our Projects

Key projects completed by our team include:

  • Town of Innisfil – South Innisfil Creek channel improvements
  • Peel Region – Winston Churchill Boulevard reconstruction
  • City of Guelph – Niska Road and Bridge Environmental Assessment
  • Metrolinx – Barrie Rail Corridor Transit Project Assessment Process
Key services that our team can provide for your project include:
  • Aquatic habitat assessments
  • Terrestrial habitat assessments
  • Tree inventories and preservation plans
  • Flora and fauna surveys (including bats, amphibians and birds)
  • Compensation plans
  • Agency permitting and approvals
  • Channel morphology and erosion monitoring
  • Detailed fisheries assessments
  • Species at Risk presence using eDNA
  • Natural channel design and bank stabilization
  • Private pond design and water quality assessment
  • Fish and wildlife salvage and license to collect
  • Innovative mitigation and design to support regulatory approvals
  • Contractor support and guidance during construction
Environmental Permitting Invasive Goldfish Species being Removed from Pond
Chris Pfohl Headshot

Chris Pfohl, C.E.T., EP, CAN-CISEC

Senior Aquatic Ecologist

Service Contact

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or require assistance.