Monday, January 13, 2020

Why is Watershed Management important?

What is a Watershed?
Every body of water (e.g., rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, and estuaries) has a watershed. The watershed is the area of land that drains or sheds water into a specific receiving water body, such as a lake or a river. As rainwater or melted snow runs downhill in the watershed, it collects and transports sediment and other materials and deposits them into the receiving water body.

Why is Watershed Management important?
Runoff from rainwater or snow melt can contribute significant amounts of pollution into the lake or river. Watershed management helps to control pollution of the water and other natural resources in the watershed by identifying the different kinds of pollution present in the watershed and how those pollutants are transported, and recommending ways to reduce or eliminate those pollution sources.

All activities that occur within a watershed will somehow affect that watershed’s natural resources and water quality. New land development, runoff from already-developed areas, agricultural activities, and household activities such as gardening/lawn care, septic system use/maintenance, water diversion and car maintenance all can affect the quality of the resources within a watershed. Watershed Management planning comprehensively identifies those activities that affect the health of the watershed and makes recommendations to properly address them so that adverse impacts from pollution are reduced.

What is Watershed Management?
Watershed Management is a term used to describe the process of implementing land use practices and water management practices to protect and improve the quality of the water and other natural resources within a watershed by managing the use of those land and water resources in a comprehensive manner.

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We offer comprehensive packages for management of ponds, lakes and other natural or artificial water bodies, our expertise ranges from baseline surveys to Long term maintenance contracts, Setting up aerators, Pest management, Algae control, Odorcontrol, Fish stocking, Water clarity improvement, water qualityanalysis and all associated services.




Why would an Organization wish to undertake an Environmental Audit?

What is Environmental Auditing

Environmental Auditing is essentially an environmental management tool for measuring the effects of certain activities on the environment against set criteria or standards. Depending on the types of standards and the focus of the audit, there are different types of environmental audit. Organizations of all kinds now recognize the importance of environmental matters and accept that their environmental Performance will be scrutinized by a wide range of interested parties. Environmental auditing is used to

  1. Investigate
  2. Understand
  3. Identify

These are used to help improve existing human activities, with the aim of reducing the adverse effects of these activities on the environment. An environmental auditor will study Organisation’s Environmental effects in a systematic and documented manner and will produce an Environmental Audit Report. There are many reasons for undertaking an Environmental Audit, which include issues such as Environmental Legislation and pressure from Customers.

  1. Environmental liabilities and insurance costs
  2. Investment and decisions to buy facilities
  3. Detailed investigation of specific issues
  4. Corporate image and marketing opportunities
  5. Concern about the environmental impact of the organization generally
  6. Past environmental accidents

Why would an organization wish to undertake an Environmental Audit?
Some of the reasons why an Organization may wish to undertake an Environmental Audit are Audits enable the management of an organization to see exactly what is happening within the organization and to check the operation (or otherwise) of systems and procedures. Some Environmental Auditing programs have been motivated by the occurrence of an environmental problem or incident, that is, a reactive response; others have been established in response to a desire to anticipate and head off potential problems, that is, the organization takes a proactive stance.

The incentives for environmental auditing, and the objectives an Organization will have in undertaking such an audit, have diversified since the early days of Environmental Auditing. This diversification reflects the increasing awareness of environmental issues, which is present in society as a whole, and the realization by organizations of the need to integrate these issues into all aspects of their activities. Environmental auditing can help to reveal the likely weaknesses of an Organization’s strategy, therefore reducing the risk of unexpected events. A properly prepared and conducted environmental audit will bring real benefits to an organization committed to act on the results.

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We offer Environmental Audit Services to identify various environmental risks associated with locations, process or activities to advise clients with required remedial / mitigation measures. Such audit services are extended to all kind of businesses including construction companies, property developers, industrial facilities, residential communities, schools, hospitals, hotels effluent treatment plants etc.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Importance of Lake / pond Restoration

Most of the natural and artificial lakes/ ponds / lagoons have a defined purpose for being in existence, A Lake is a water retention facility. It can store water (for flood control), give good aesthetics and provide water for many purposes such as water supply, irrigation, fisheries, tourism, etc. In addition, it serves as a sink for carbon storage and provides important habitats for numerous species of plants and animals.
Most of the time the lakes become an insalubrious, due to pollution, gets flooded due to low water retention capacity, cause foul smell, becomes a safe haven for the mosquitoes, turns green due to algal boom and becomes unsuitable for fishes and other aquatic creatures and most importantly the water quality in the lake deteriorate and becomes unsuitable for irrigation and other defined use. Simply because it’s not been maintained. Hence restoring lakes consists of a detailed study of the entire water shed to enhance the structure and functioning where they have been drained in former times.
Most lake pollution problems are caused by nutrients, contaminants, and sediments carried into the lakes. In a typical watershed, nutrients may come from sewage, wastewater, agricultural and urban run off, and atmospheric fallout. Heavy use of TSE water, fertilizers and pesticides have increased the severity of the problem.
High concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus are the main causes of algal growth, which results in the deterioration of the lake water quality. Algae affect the quality and appearance of water. They cause taste and odour problems in municipal water supplies and excrete toxins into waters. Blooms of algae adversely affect recreational activities like swimming, boating and fishing. High algal growth leads to large masses of dead plants which settle to the bottom and cause dissolved oxygen deficiencies on decomposition. Fish die along with algae, and anaerobic decomposition releases ammonia, causing more fish kills.


The lake / pond restoration works includes detailed study of the entire water shed and preparation of lake / pond management plan which includes both short-term and long-term strategies.
The overall lake restoration plan is comprehensive and covers all aspects related to the water quality management and satisfy the different uses (re creative, aesthetic, agriculture, ecosystems, irrigation...) .

Protection against floods could be improved by a better management of water levels and rehabilitation of banks. Water quality monitoring is the most important tool to provide confidence in the effectiveness of the measures considered in the lake restoration process.

Friday, November 15, 2019

EHS Management Consultants -Delivering Sustainable Solutions that are Innovative by Nature


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EHS Management Consultants the professional management team, experts in the arena of Environmental Consulting, Impact assessments, Health & Safety Management, Facilities Inspections, Project Development, Project Management etc. We offers a wide range of independent consulting services, from Commercial / Residential Property Inspections, Environmental Impact Assessments, Health & Safety Consulting and Customized Training's. We have rich experience in the field of Environmental Consulting, Heath & Safety Consulting, Safety management, facilities inspections. By our endeavors we strive to provide all kind of environmental and bio-scientific investigation services to various business fraternities.


Training

EHS is a discipline and speciality that studies and implements practical aspects of environmental protection and safty at work. The primary benefit of EHS programs is the obvious one: preventing incidents such as injuries, illnesses, and harmful environmental releases.

Services

Our world-class EHS and sustainability services and consultants enable companies to assess and manage risks, protect employees, preserve the environment, be socially and globally responsible and achieve sustainable environmental, social and economic value. 

Careers

EHS Professionals at this level will manage one or more standard EHS programs or single program of moderate scope and complexity, determining and adapting procedures as needed. These positions conduct audits and provide data analysis to determine impacts.

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