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Environmental Sustainability

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SUSTAINABILITY: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

At Industra, we are focused on finding innovative solutions to the most complex construction projects while limiting our environmental footprint and impact.

Given the nature of our business, all our projects have significant environmental components and an increasing number require a detailed environmental protection plan. From installation of cofferdams, rip rap,  culverts, and stormwater basins to hazardous material abatement, we have the experience and in-house expertise to handle most environmental requirements. For more complex environmental requirements, we have experience working with environmental consultants and engineers.

Environmental Assessment
To address environmental risk factors on a project, we apply a similar process to our project hazard assessment, including the following steps:
  1. Identify and Evaluate the Risks or Potential Harm
  2. Determine Potential Methods of Elimination or Control of Risk
  3. Implement Methods of Elimination or Control of Risk
  4. Review and Assessment
The assessment is documented in our Site Specific Safety Plan or in our Environmental Protection Plan and followed up with mandatory daily and weekly reporting.
Environmental Projects
Recent projects with a significant environmental component include the following:

This project within a 10 km stretch of a former section of the Alaska Highway in northern BC required replacing the existing bridges and roadways to place the road in a self-maintaining state to protect the adjacent resources. It involved removal of five bridge structures and abutments, including two bridges that spanned over 100 feet, replacing two bridges with fords traversable by 4×4 pickup truck, regrading and installation of rip rap, removal of 22 deep culverts, re-establishment of natural drainage patterns, stabilizing the road prism to reduce impact of sediment transport and removal of all debris. 

This project involved the new construction of a flood mitigation pump station in the Hammersley Dyke on the Fraser River. A massive concrete inlet structure housed two 9-foot (2.7 metre) diameter water turbines to draw freshet water from one side of the dyke and pump it directly into the Fraser River.

This in-stream project involved the sliplining of an existing 6-foot diameter culvert pipe, repairs to two existing culverts and the boring and installation of 150 feet of welded 10-foot diameter steel pipe under the Alaska Highway at the Townsend Creek crossing halfway between Fort St. John and Fort Nelson, BC.

Project on the north coast of BC to install a new salmon hatchery contained within a series of sea cans. Project also included a shelter for the hatchery containers.

The Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Salmon Enhancement program has been operating at the Klemtu Hatchery since 1982 in efforts to conserve salmon stocks; provide recreational, commercial and Aboriginal fishing opportunities; and support stock assessment.

Design and construction of a standalone salmon hatchery at the base of the Coquitlam Dam to be operated by Kwikwetlem First Nation.

The Coquitlam Lake reservoir lies within the Metro Vancouver Watershed, a protected area closed to the public, about 10 km north of Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. The Coquitlam Dam, located at the southern end of the Coquitlam Lake reservoir, provides significant downstream flood control, and facilitates the regulation of inflows so that the Coquitlam River’s water can be allocated for power generation, domestic water supply, fish and wildlife habitat, and recreation. The reservoir supports a resident fish population, but there is no volitional upstream fish passage from the Coquitlam River downstream of the dam.
A new conservation sockeye hatchery will be built in the Coquitlam Watershed, at the base of the Coquitlam Dam to support the Kwikwetlem Sockeye Restoration Program (KSRP) 10-year plan. The hatchery is needed to increase the number of out-migrating Sockeye smolts to meet returning adult targets, to assess for ocean survival, and to collect morphometric data.
We are committed to minimize the impact of our operations on the environment and have established several initiatives that include:
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  • Reduce vehicle emissions by minimizing vehicle idle time.
  • Elimination of all leaks and spills.
  • Use of environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
  • Minimizing the footprint in the areas of operation that Industra has control over.
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