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Nearshore Environmental Monitoring Program

Designing a multi-disciplinary marine environmental monitoring program for one of the world’s largest energy project developments

  • >40K

    Hrs in the Field

  • 6,400

    Hrs on Vessels

  • 300

    Hrs Aerial Surveys

  • Northern Territory, Australia

    Northern Territory, Australia

Monitoring the effects of major dredging and offshore spoil disposal

The Nearshore Environmental Monitoring Program (NEMP) was developed to monitor potential effects before, during, and after dredging and offshore spoil disposal activities associated with the development of one of the most significant energy projects in the world.

Looking to monitor 12 potential project impacts identified during an environmental impact assessment, our team worked with an independent panel of experts, government agencies, universities, offshore vessel operators, and our client’s environment team. Our goal? To ensure that the cultural, economic, and ecological significance of sensitive habitats were protected.

We implemented a wide range of methodologies for data collection including by aerial, land, vessel-based, and underwater surveys. Data collection techniques involved remote sensing by satellite imagery, real-time water quality monitoring, aerial-based marine fauna observations from plane, in situ water and sediment sampling for quality and infauna, diver-based and towed video benthic habitat surveys, and deployed instrument metocean data collection.

Ultimately, the outcome of the NEMP demonstrated that the project avoided potential environmental impacts and met its strict regulatory compliance requirements.

Meet Our Team

Kate Reeds, Practice Lead – Marine and Aquatic Ecology

As ecology practitioners, it’s our job to drive change and create solutions that reduce impact on our rivers, estuaries, and oceans.
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Chris Scraggs, Team Lead, Coastal Engineering

My goal is to help clients work with nature rather than against it.
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Doug Treloar, Senior Principal, Coastal Engineering

If you’re starting out, seek further education in your specialty and participate in technical events to gain knowledge and experience.
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Kate Reeds

Practice Lead – Marine and Aquatic Ecology

Chris Scraggs

Team Lead, Coastal Engineering

Doug Treloar

Senior Principal, Coastal Engineering

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