Montrose - Hydrogeology & Geosciences

Hydrogeology & Geosciences

Your environmental consultants for Hydrogeology & Geosciences

A solid understanding of the geology of the earth—including rock, soil, and groundwaterenables the responsible use of our natural resources, development of sustainable communities, and the restoration and preservation of ecosystem functions. Expertise and curiosity drives our team of geologists, hydrogeologists, geomorphologists, geochemists, engineers, scientists, and technicians to design and execute projects for clients in the industrial, oil & gas, mining, and public sectors.  

Hydrogeology & Geosciences Solutions

Our experienced geomorphologists and technical staff collaborate across disciplines, providing integrated solutions for the assessment, restoration and management of rivers and streams.   

Key service areas include: 

  • Watershed and subwatershed drainage feature assessments (including headwaters) 
  • Erosion and asset condition inventory mapping  
  • Natural channel design, aquatic habitat enhancement, and floodplain restoration 
  • Geomorphic and habitat stream assessments 
  • Geohazards, erosion hazard, and meander belt delineation  
  • Erosion threshold and scour analyses for stormwater management and infrastructure crossings 
  • Watercourse crossing assessments 
  • Construction supervision, technical construction support, and contract administration 
  • Regulatory agency permitting and post-construction monitoring 
  • Erosion and sediment control planning and design 
  • Construction inspection 

Protection of groundwater quantity and quality supports healthy human and ecological communities.  Our depth of experience, specialized technical skills, and understanding of regulatory requirements provides a unique ability to simplify the most complex problems, helping you make the best decisions for your project.  

Key service areas include: 

  • Geological, geophysical, geochemical assessment, and modelling  
  • Groundwater flow system characterization and conceptual model development and visualization 
  • Surface water – groundwater – ecosystem interaction assessment and monitoring 
  • Groundwater under the direct influence of surface water (GWUDI/GUDI) assessments 
  • Monitoring and supply well design, installation, testing, and sampling  
  • Source water protection, aquifer vulnerability, and wellhead protection area (WHPA) delineation 
  • Integrated and feature-based water budgets 
  • Three-dimensional groundwater and surface water modelling – groundwater flow, integrated, contaminant transport, and geochemical 
  • Three-dimensional visualization modeling 
  • Water supply planning, licensing, and municipal environmental assessments 
  • Thermal effects monitoring 
  • Subwatershed studies and stormwater management planning 
  • Mine water management and dewatering 
  • Adaptive monitoring, data management, and reporting. 

Identifying, obtaining approval for, and protecting sustainable water supplies are critical for the development and health of our communities and industries. Our team of groundwater, surface water, and environmental specialists can help you understand your options and implement effective water supply strategies that consider available sources, local environmental conditions, regulatory requirements, and a changing climate to meet your longterm needs. 

Key service areas include: 

  • Assessment of instream and environmental flow requirements 
  • Compliance monitoring and reporting 
  • Drinking water source protection 
  • Water supply planning, environmental assessments, regulatory approvals, permitting, and licensing 
  • Groundwater and surface water interaction studies 
  • Hydrometric and hydrogeologic monitoring 
  • Integrated water management plans 
  • Siting, drilling, and testing of groundwater supply and monitoring wells 
  • Surface water, groundwater, water quality, and integrated modelling 
  • Water supply strategies for resource exploration and operations 
  • Water balances and Water Quantity Risk Assessments 
  • Aquifer Vulnerability and Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA) delineation 

Critical minerals, lithium brine resources, carbon capture and hydrogen storage, and geothermal energy development are all critical for energy security and energy transformation. Our multi-disciplinary team has decades of experience in project planning, approvals, assessment, feasibility, operational, environmental monitoring, and decommissioning phases of these types of projects.  

Key Service Areas include: 

  • Regional mapping and geochemical sampling programs
  • Reservoir and aquifer characterization
  • Petrophysical analysis and modelling 
  • Isotopic analysis and geochemical modelling 
  • Well design, testing, and sampling (deep wells, multi-level monitoring wells) 
  • Geostatistical analysis, and geomodelling and visualization 
  • Gas migration investigations and visualization 
  • Lithium brine resource and reserve assessments, due diligence – NI 43-101 and JORC 
  • Reservoir and pore space management 
  • Mine surface water and groundwater management 
  • Measurement, monitoring, and verification (MMV) plans for CCS 
  • Pit Modelling and Contaminant Fate & Transport modelling 
  • Acid Rock Drainage & Tailings Pond Water Assessments 
  • Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Monitoring 
  • Environmental Audits and Due Diligence 
  • Adaptive-Objective Based Operation and Environmental Monitoring 

Our contaminant hydrogeologists, geochemists, chemists, and soil scientists are experts in the application of various sampling methods to characterize contaminant plumes, existing sources, and natural geochemical conditions. Groundwater, soil, and vapour data is integrated into conceptual models and represented in analytical or numerical models to assess future transport and fate and water or soil quality at receptors. Our team uses these modelling tools and expertise to assess the effectiveness of remediation options, enabling risk-informed management decisions. 

Key services include: 

  • Geochemical, thermal, and microbiological characterization of natural flow systems 
  • Contaminated site assessment and remediation 
  • Conceptual model development and visualization 
  • Geochemical sampling and analysis 
  • Groundwater flow and contaminant transport modelling 
  • Source tracking and forensic geochemistry 
  • Salt impacts oil & gas, road salt 
  • Light nonaqueous phase liquids (LNAPL) and dense nonaqueous phase liquids (DNAPL) transport and fate 
  • Chemical speciation modelling  
  • Thermal effects monitoring and modelling 
  • Multi-phase transport and fate modelling  
  • Human health and ecological risk assessments 
  • Legacy oil and gas well assessment and management 
  • Contaminant specific isotopic analysis  
  • Natural attenuation and microbial assisted degradation 
  • Natural geochemistry and isotopic analysis 
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