Hydrobiology provides services in developing and implementing baseline and impact assessment monitoring programs and environmental risk assessments. We specialise in mining and infrastructure projects across all phases from feasibility, construction, operation, closure to post closure. Our team offers expertise and experience in water and sediment quality, hydrology, sediment transport, marine and freshwater ecology and ecotoxicology.
Skills and Techniques
One of the key areas that sets Hydrobiology apart is our extensive experience in conducting international “best practice” studies in remote areas with difficult logistics. Hydrobiology has developed field planning and support systems to facilitate working in remote Australia and developing nations across the globe. We have operated for major mining clients in Australia, Cameroon, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands and Surinam.
Hydrobiology offers a range of complimentary technical skills in data collection, impact and risk assessment for mining clients. These skills are across a wide scope of aquatic sciences including water and sediment quality monitoring, freshwater and estuarine/marine ecology, and ecotoxicity testing. These skills are used to develop and implement risk assessment frameworks and environmental management plans.
Hydrobiology use experience and technical skills to provide scientifically robust study designs, underpinned by an appropriate choice of biological and physical parameters at appropriate spatial and temporal scales.
We can develop programs following recognised national and international standards including Australian Standards (e.g. 5667.x), AusRIVAS, ANZECC/ARMCANZ and NAGD.
Our key skills and techniques include:
- Baseline, operational and closure monitoring relating to freshwater and aquatic ecosystems;
- Monitoring program review, auditing and training;
- Risk and environmental impact assessments;
- Characterisation and quantification of sediment loads and geomorphic changes;
- Surface water hydrology and environmental hydraulics; and
- Geochemistry (water and sediments).
- Project environmental approvals (EIS, SEIA);
- Baseline data collection;
- Compliance monitoring (including training and auditing);
- Hydrological, water balance, erosion and sedimentation investigations;
- Environmental management plans (EMPs); and
- Environmental and human health risk assessments.