Ecotoxicology and Ecological Risk Assessment
- Ecological Risk Assessment
- Ecological Baseline Studies
- Field-scale Toxicity and Bioaccumulation Testing
- Ecotoxicological Modeling
Formation Environmental has the technical capabilities to provide assistance at all levels of aquatic and terrestrial investigations and risk assessments, including screening-level assessments, baseline studies, laboratory and field-scale testing, and landscape-level assessments that incorporate our advanced geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing capabilities.
Many environmental laws and regulations are based on protecting biota and ecosystems from toxic effects of chemicals. Understanding the ecological and toxicological basis for environmental laws is important for design of field investigations and identification of appropriate risk management actions. Communicating the results and ecological significance of such investigations can be just as important, especially at complex sites.
Formation team members provide our clients with a broad spectrum of expertise in the assessment and management of ecological risk. Our experience ranges from design and implementation of baseline field studies and ecological risk assessments to strategic management of risk-based liabilities and negotiations with state and federal agencies and natural resource trustees. Formation professionals offer the experience, technical, and interpersonal skills required to provide our clients with the tools they need to evaluate and manage ecological risks in a wide variety of ecosystem and regulatory environments.
Projects that represent our experience and capabilities include:
- Focused ecological risk assessments for aquatic and terrestrial environments at industrial, mining, and agricultural contaminated sites.
- Food web modeling of pesticides to support restoration planning in the Everglades Agricultural Area.
- Field-scale bioaccumulation testing for copper, selenium, chlorinated pesticides, and other chemicals in the Everglades Agricultural Area.
- Laboratory and field-scale bioaccumulation toxicity testing in southeastern Idaho to support development of site-specific selenium criteria for surface water.
- Field-scale phytotoxicity and bioaccumulation testing to support development of upland restoration and reclamation strategies for phosphate mines in southeastern Idaho.
- Field-scale bioaccumulation and toxicity testing to evaluate bioavailability of copper from smelter affected soils, tailings, and other mine wastes.
- Landscape-level ecological risk assessment and ecotoxicology assessment to support a Natural Resource Damage Assessment and settlement.