Environmental Investigations

Stage 1 Preliminary Site Investigations (PSIs) provide a preliminary evaluation of the potential for contamination to be present on a site. A Stage 1 PSI includes the professional review of available records to determine the history of the site and adjacent land. A site reconnaissance is undertaken following this review to document the current conditions and operations on, and adjacent to, the site. Where possible, interviews are conducted with current land owners and other individuals with knowledge of site use and history.

If contamination is suspected or known to be present, then a Stage 2 PSI and possibly a Detailed Site Investigation (DSI) will be required to determine the extent of impacts. Depending on the scenario, investigations may require the evaluation of contamination in present soil, groundwater and soil vapour.

Islander professionals have an extensive history of successfully performing such environmental investigations, having completed several hundred Stage 1 PSI’s, Stage 2 PSI’s and associated drilling, remediation and monitoring programs.

Environmental Management Plans & Monitoring

In many cases, construction projects will require an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) in order to obtain the necessary permitting or permissions to begin work. Islander professionals have developed clear and concise plans for a wide range of projects throughout B.C. including marine remediation, mine reclaimation and infrastructure development projects in environmentally sensitive areas. With our thorough understanding of applicable environmental regulations, we are able to adapt our EMP’s in order to provide project specific solutions for environmental best practices, mitigation measures and monitoring throughout the project’s duration.

Our EMP’s clearly define the roles and responsibilities for all relevant parties, ensuring that the project team is informed and trained with regard to their respective EMP component. When acting as Environmental Monitor, the Islander professional will collaborate with the project team and update the EMP regularly as project conditions change.

Soil Relocation & Remediation

As part of Islander’s turnkey environmental services, we are able to provide our clients with guidance and project management throughout the contaminated soil relocation and remediation process. Our knowledge and partnership with the local excavation, transport and disposal industries allow for considerable savings to our clients on all fronts of the remediation program. Islander has vast experience with and is fully capable of completing site remediations under Contaminated Soil Relocation Agreements, Approvals in Principle and Independent Remediations to obtain Certificates of Compliance and environmental closure.


Islander can assist your projects with groundwater expertise for contamination detection, monitoring and remediation; supply evaluation and development, to aquifer dewatering and infiltration needs. Islander provides assessment of existing information, aerial photographs and well logs; geological logging, well design and capacity testing, pumping test and aquifer evaluation; well interference and protection calculations and hydrogeological assessments.

Islander can assist your environmental projects with monitor well design, hydraulic conductivity testing, flow direction and velocity; groundwater sampling, parameter testing focus and evaluation, and groundwater monitoring and contaminant plume modeling.

Islander can assist your development projects with aquifer dewatering and infiltration testing and design expertise.

municipal infrastructure

Islander staff bring a diverse background of experience and capabilities to the table, including project management (PMP) and contract administration certification (CCA). The team has successfully completed many sewer and storm drain infrastructure projects for municipalities, and large developments on Southern Vancouver Island. Many current and past projects included infrastructure study, engineering survey, cost estimating and contract/construction management. All key personnel have completed formal contract administration training using the MMCD Platinum Edition.

land development

Islander professionals will guide your project through rezoning, development permits, preliminary layout approvals and the design and constructions phases. Our team will provide strategic lot layouts which maximize yields but also recognize the environmental values of your site and the sustainability qualities of your project.

The Islander team has certified Project Management Professionals (PMP) to coordinate your project through the many complex development channels, and our experience dealing with the local municipalities allows your project to be streamlined so that time and budget are not needlessly expended.

project management

Through certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs), Islander provides project management services on environmental, First Nations, municipal infrastructure and land development projects throughout Vancouver Island.