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Environmental monitoring

Protecting and preserving the environment

The project team recognises the importance of minimising the impacts of construction on the environment. The team will put in place measures to protect and preserve the environment across the project corridor.

The project team will monitor the levels of noise, dust and vibration throughout construction, to ensure compliance with the standards set in the project’s Environmental Management Plan.

The project’s Environmental Management Plan sets standards for environmental monitoring and management throughout construction, in order to assess the project’s environmental footprint. These standards apply to a number of areas and include the following measures:

Waterways

  • installing erosion and sediment controls to protect local watercourses from site water run-off
  • water quality testing at watercourses within the project corridor
  • reporting non-compliant water discharges into local watercourses to the relevant authorities
  • improved tidal movements adjacent to North Boondall Station.

Noise/vibration

  • monitoring noise and vibration levels during works to ensure compliance with legislative guidelines
  • selecting appropriate machinery and equipment for use on site to minimise these impacts
  • considering and installing temporary barriers, screening and buffers where appropriate, to assist with suppressing noise during works
  • notifying the community prior to works to advise of any noise and vibration that could be generated by construction activities.

Cultural heritage

  • arranging for cultural heritage monitors to be present on site during ground-disturbing activities in culturally sensitive areas
  • implementing a process to ensure items of cultural heritage significance are identified, recorded appropriately, removed and stored for safe keeping.

Flora/fauna

  • cordoning off areas of environmental significance or protected areas of habitat/vegetation
  • engaging ‘fauna spotter-catchers’ to inspect areas of habitat/ vegetation prior to clearing works
  • installing artificial nest boxes where natural hollows are scarce
  • installing new fauna crossings over and under the motorway
  • installing fauna furniture in fauna crossings
  • managing weed species within the project corridor.

Air quality

  • dust suppression measures such as water carts, binding agents (polymers), wetting down of loose material and covering of stockpiles on site
  • ensuring truck loads are covered when travelling to and from site
  • undertaking regular street sweeping and road cleaning in the vicinity of the project corridor
  • undertaking air quality monitoring at appropriate locations in close proximity to the works.

Erosion and sediment control

  • installing erosion and sediment controls, such as sediment fences, to protect against run off from site
  • establishing and monitoring sediment retention basins
  • constructing rock check dams
  • undertaking regular environmental inspections on site.
Last updated
3 November 2016