Projects and developments face increasing scrutiny to ensure they meet their environmental responsibilities when it comes to erosion management and sediment control. More and more project managers and developers are being carefully watched from both a public and regulatory standpoint, with erosion management playing a key role in works protection and prevention of re-work.

Any project that involves land disturbance is responsible for ensuring erosion management within the works area. Prevention of sediment discharge from the site is also a key environmental responsibility for project managers.

With so much scrutiny and responsibility project managers are realising it’s imperative they meet their obligations, but it takes both time and expertise. To do it efficiently and effectively engaging a professional to steer them in the right direction is becoming essential.

What is a Certified Profession in Erosion and Sediment Control?
A Certified Profession in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) is a qualification awarded to experts in the field of erosion and sediment control. Those who gain the accreditation subscribe to a code of ethics and a commitment to maintain expertise through continual professional development.

The skill set of a CPESC allows for the identification of the most effective and cost-efficient management of erosion and sedimentation for a given project or works site. A CPESC can be engaged to

  • develop Soil and Water Management Plans
  • develop Erosion and Sediment Control Plans
  • review and approve Erosion and Sediment Control Plans
  • undertake site inspections and audits
  • act as a project ‘Soil Conservationist’
  • provide training to relevant project staff on the management of erosion and prevention of sediment discharge.

Benefits of involving a CPESC
Involving a CPESC in your project and implementing their advice will greatly reduce your risk of environmental non-compliance and regulatory action. It’s important to recognise erosion is both an environmental and works protection issue.

A CPESC’s job is to improve your environmental performance by:

  • enabling prevention of erosion and discharge of sediment pollution in waterways which can harm marine and aquatic ecosystems
  • reducing lag times for site stabilisation and revegetation
  • assisting in the prevention of erosion damage and associated costly re-work.

A CPESC will help your project avoid damaging and costly environmental incidents.

As qualified professionals they’re experts in drainage and erosion prevention. And their advice can help prevent costly works damage.

GeoLINK’s CPESC services
GeoLINK offers CPESC certified soil and water management services. These services often complement other services GeoLINK offer including quarry and mine site rehabilitation, infrastructure project revegetation, construction site environmental supervision, acid sulfate soil management planning, mine site water management, environmental monitoring and water sensitive urban design.

GeoLINK’s experience on CPESC projects is extensive. Some examples include:

  • Soil Conservationist for multiple Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade works packages including both the Section 4 and Section 6 main civil works packages and the Portion D Bridges package
  • Development of the Soil and Water Management Plan for the Forest Road Landfill at Tamworth
  • Erosion and sediment control plans and supervision for varying projects including:
    • Sportsman’s Creek New Bridge at Lawrence
    • Bruxner Highway Tabulam New Bridge
    • Romiaka Channel New Bridge at Yamba
    • Byron Bay Bypass Project
    • New Barrington Bridge
  • Quarry erosion and sediment control plans including Millers Quarry for Kyogle Shire Council
  • Armidale Jockey Club erosion and sediment control advice

Get in touch to find out more about our CPESC services and how we can help you meet your project’s environmental responsibilities.

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