ESSA co-authored a Draft Science and Adaptive Management Plan for the Missouri River Recovery Program that has just been made available for public review. The effort was led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and co-authors include a very hard-working team from the Army’s Engineer Research and Development Centre, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, […]
A new study has been released assessing the critical loads of industrial air emissions in a rapidly industrializing region of northwest British Columbia, based on work carried out by David Marmorek, Alex Hall, Patricia de la Cueva Bueno, and Carol Murray of ESSA along with their coauthors (Patrick Williston of the BC Ministry of […]
The ESSA Technologies Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Marmorek to the position of Lead Scientist & Senior Partner, and the appointment of Clint Alexander as President.
With ESSA since 1981, Dave Marmorek has provided exemplary and resilient leadership as President since 2001. In his new role as […]
Effective disease management can benefit from mathematical models that identify drivers of epidemiological change and help to guide decision-making. A new study recently published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, and co-authored by Dr. Brendan Connors of ESSA, provides a synthesis of the mathematical and statistical models that have been used to […]
In collaboration with their coauthors, Marc Nelitz and Alex Hall of ESSA explored the use of conceptual models and expert judgments to inform expansion of ecological monitoring around oil sands development in northern Alberta, Canada, an area rich in ecological data but not in understanding of system behaviour. This innovative combination of techniques proved […]
ESSA and EcoFish Join Forces to Develop Operational Guidance for the Province of British Columbia on Environmental Flow Needs
Under the new Water Sustainability Act, there is added attention to the requirement to consider environmental flow needs (EFN) in new water licensing decisions in British Columbia. EcoFish and ESSA were selected by the Province to develop concrete operational guidance for establishing EFNs given available information, fish values and water availability. In addition to […]
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has just released an online overview of one of ESSA’s most prominent international projects – the recently completed $15 M Vietnam Provincial Environmental Governance (VPEG) Project.
Carried out in partnership with SNC Lavalin, the VPEG Project aimed to advance industrial pollution management (IPM) work in nine VCEP provinces by […]
ESSA to support practice of climate change adaptation among professional biologists in western Canada
The BC College of Applied Biology and the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists have received conditional approval for funding from Natural Resources Canada for a climate change project. The project involves compiling climate change adaptation information relevant to biology professionals and disseminating it in the format of practice guidelines to help members consider the […]
Nick Sonntag, one of the founders of ESSA, and a huge contributor to the company’s growth from 1979 to 1995, died unexpectedly on June 27, 2015. Nick had a wonderfully positive attitude, an entrepreneurial spirit, a great sense of humour, and a deep commitment to environmental sustainability. A summary of his life can be […]
Watershed Status Evaluation: An Assessment of 71 Watersheds meeting BC’s Fisheries sensitive Watershed Criteria
This pilot project assessed the watershed indicator risk status of 71 watersheds across most of British Columbia’s natural resource regions. Measured values for as many as nine habitat indicators within surveyed watersheds were compared to indicator benchmarks to assess risk status for each FSW (i.e., GIS-derived watershed values relative to indicator benchmarks). The defined […]