What types of projects do ecologists work on?
Ecological projects include river restorations, wetland assessments and mitigation, habitat improvements, water quality studies, aquatic and terrestrial inventory studies, evaluation of impacts to aquatic and terrestrial resources, development of management plans for aquatic and terrestrial resources, daylighting streams and green stormwater.
The studies and assessments may be associated with various developments that could include: developing a new wind farm, siting for new oil, gas or electric transmission line, building a highway, bridge, commercial or residential structure, or the water intake at a power generating facility.
Habitat restoration projects may involve: stabilizing a shoreline after a dam removal, creating new wetlands to mitigate for a loss caused by a new development, or restoring migratory fish to their natural range.
Green stormwater infrastructure is a set of techniques that detain or retain stormwater runoff through capture and controlled release, infiltration into the ground, vegetative uptake and evapotranspiration thereby reducing water quality impairments in streams, rivers and lakes.
In order to address issues affecting entire ecosystems, teams are often required with specialization in permitting/licensing, civil engineers, hydrologist, fish biologists, wetland scientists, terrestrial biologists, ecologists, recreation experts and planners.