Course Description

The planning and environmental permitting for construction of a deep underground electrical distribution line presented unique environmental challenges with respect to groundwater management. Recent changes to the Water Sustainability Act and constraints in sewer capacity have made the planning & permitting process and water management during construction significantly more complex. This presentation presents one such project of a recently constructed underground distribution line in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, BC.

The presentation will cover the regulatory framework, the permitting process, groundwater assessment, options for groundwater management and how groundwater was ultimately managed with close involvement of the local First Nation during construction. The presentation will focus on key challenges that project proponents face in light of the recent changes in the Water Sustainability Act, how the challenges were overcome, and what the future holds for these types of project moving forward.

Senior Engineer/Partner

John Taylor, PEng, CSAP

John is a professional engineer with over 28 years of experience in environmental engineering. Originally from Ontario, John moved to BC in 1992 and has witnessed the evolution of the Waste Management Act and Criteria for Managing Contaminated Sites in BC, through to the Environmental Management Act and the Contaminated Sites Regulation. He has a thorough understanding of how environmental standards and criteria are developed and their use in environmental projects. He is one of the 6 founding partners of Core6 Environmental.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Environmental Assessment and Permitting Requirements for Construction De-watering

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    • GPro Talks 092519 - Environmental Assessment and Permitting Requirements for Construction De-watering

    • GPro Talks 092519 - Environmental Assessment and Permitting Requirements for Construction De-watering Audio

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