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How Environmental Engineers Remediate Brownfield Properties


Brownfield Properties
Brownfield Properties

Studies show that up to one-third of all Canadians get their drinking water from soil and groundwater. When this liquid becomes contaminated, it can lead to serious health and environmental issues. 

If you're a brownfield developer in Toronto, there's a chance that the site you want to build on contains dangerous contaminants. 

At Fisher Engineering, we specialize in environmental remediation services. In this article we're taking a look at how our approach works, and how our team can keep your brownfield properties safe and clean.


Initial Planning

Before suggesting different remedial options, our team will begin by performing a comprehensive site assessment of your property. This includes taking a sample of the soil and carefully analyzing it to understand what it contains. 

We will use the results from your brownfield assessment to determine the best course of action. Then, we will create a plan that clearly outlines how we will address the contamination and restore your brownfield site.

Once we know the different contaminants that your property contains, our multi-disciplinary team of environmental engineers will meet with you to discuss how we will approach your brownfield remediation. Most sites require at least one of the following solutions:

  • Soil remediation: Occurs when toxic chemicals or substances penetrate the soil

  • Groundwater remediation: Occurs when industrial waste is improperly discarded, leaking contaminants into the water

At this visit, we will present a detailed timeline of our approach, so you know what to expect. 


Remediation

During the remediation phase, we will execute the proposed plan. 

Our services are cost-effective and tailored to your unique needs. Our goal is to thoroughly and effectively remove contaminants from your soil and groundwater. If there is a current business on-site, we will make sure to ensure our services disrupt those operations as minimally as possible. 

Unless we run into unforeseen issues during our work, we will ensure that our team will meet the proposed schedule. Even if we do encounter a setback, we will work to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. We understand that brownfield projects are time sensitive. 


Confirmation

Once remediation is completed, we will provide a confirmatory report that the remediation process was a success. At this time, we will verify that our remedial methods were effective. We will also perform tests to ensure that any remaining contamination is at an acceptable level. 

Our team will test the soil and/or groundwater to make sure that it complies with all requisite standards. We know that successful remediation is crucial to not only the health and safety of your brownfield but also the environment and public health. 


Expert Remediation for Brownfield Properties

Redeveloping brownfields can breathe new life into a space. It also improves the environment and brings new opportunities to a region. 

Before you begin your building project in Toronto, it's important to make sure the site is as clean and contaminant-free as possible. That's where we come in.

At Fisher Engineering, we offer expert soil and groundwater remediation services. In addition to urban brownfield properties, we also service farmland and conservation areas, as well as residential and commercial properties. 

To learn more about our approach, check out some of our past projects


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