Groundwater is a protected resource in BC. The applicable regulations require that the most stringent groundwater standards be applied as a default to determine the presence and extent of any groundwater contamination. The results of a hydrogeological assessment are used to determine if less stringent groundwater standards apply. As profiled in SynergyAspen’s Desktop Remediation, we ensure contamination is not unnecessarily identified, delineated, or remediated.
A hydrogeological assessment evaluates aquifer viability for existing and potential future use, including drinking water, aquatic life, irrigation, and livestock watering. A hydrogeological assessment can be used to create a conceptual groundwater model of contaminant fate and transport, and to assess hydrogeological characteristics such as hydraulic conductivity, hydraulic gradient, inferred groundwater flow direction, and to identify the presence of confining units.
SynergyAspen developed a proprietary process to determine hydraulic conductivity in fine-grained soils, often eliminating the need to install, monitor, and sample groundwater monitoring wells. SynergyAspen used our proprietary method to estimate hydraulic conductivity at over 75 sites. Our proprietary method is approved by various regulatory authorities, saving our clients time and money.
SynergyAspen can design and complete any surface water and groundwater monitoring and sampling program. A program may be completed to comply with regulatory requirements or for due diligence purposes.
SynergyAspen can assess the influence of tidal, geological formation, temporal or seasonal fluctuations on groundwater and surface water quality, and evaluate the geochemical behaviour of a contaminant plume (natural attenuation, biodegradation, etc.).