Compliance and Post-project Biological Monitoring
Compliance monitoring refers to monitoring of construction activities to protect biological resources and water quality.   Typically, the permitting agency requires a development project to retain a biologist to monitor construction work to protect resources, such as, rare plant populations, bird nests, endangered (listed) species, wetland habitats, oak trees, and sedimentation of onsite streams.
Most permitting agencies require qualified biological monitors be onsite during construction activities to assist construction contractors and workers to comply with project/permit conditions, such as avoiding sensitive areas.   The biological monitor also is present to save any sensitive wildlife species that may enter the construction site.
The qualifications of a biological monitor may vary between agencies and according to how sensitive the biological resource(s) present onsite are.   Generally, the biological monitor must be familiar with the species or the habitats that require protection; be able to read and apply permit conditions; must be familiar with all pertinent regulations; and must possess excellent communication to effectively communicate with the contractors and foremen to ensure permit compliance.
Post-mitigation monitoring requires the biologist to determine how successfully a mitigation measure has been implemented.   This type of monitor must possess knowledge of plant ecology, horticulture, and statistics.   Additionally, the monitor must also be able to identify means to correct failures in mitigation implementation.   Habitat restoration or replacement is a typical mitigation measure for impacts to sensitive habitats, and the biological monitor must understand the details of revegetation.
David Magney Environmental Consulting (DMEC) has provided biological monitoring on a variety of projects, including monitoring construction activites and providing long-term success monitoring for after implementation of mitigation measures.   DMEC staff biologists have education and training in plant ecology, horticulture practices, permit requirements and environmental regulations, and applied statistics.
Go to DMEC's Projects page for descriptions of projects DMEC has completed that include biological monitoring, and to DMEC's Reports webpage for a sample of DMEC monitoring reports.
This page last updated 4 February 2007