November 4, 2015

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 […]
November 4, 2015

CIDA Profiles ESSA Joint Venture to Curb Industrial Pollution in Vietnam

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 […]
August 5, 2015

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 […]
July 27, 2015

Nick Sonntag, one of the founders of ESSA

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 […]
July 23, 2015

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., […]
July 9, 2015

Surface Water Allocation in a Changing Climate: Data Gaps, Needs, and Priorities

The BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations recently released a report led by ESSA that helps identify and prioritize data and modelling needs to support water allocation decisions in a changing climate. The report and executive summary can be found here: Surface […]