World Environment Day
Assessing Acid Sulfate Soil
Why Is An Acid Sulfate Soil Assessment Necessary?
Acid Sulfate Soils are a major concern among both constructors and environmentalists. It is a condition that is very common along coastal areas. The presence of acid sulfate soil can at times determine whether or not land is suitable for constructing. So, much better to have acid soil assessment and management.
Acid sulfate soil is soil that contains iron sulfates. This condition is harmless until it mixes with oxygen. When acid sulfate soil mixes with oxygen, it results in sulfuric acid that can have disastrous results for the environment or the building that is constructed upon it.
Acid sulfate soil exists mainly in coastal regions, marshes, mangroves, and tidal areas. It also can develop in coastal river beds and lakes. The reason that this condition develops coastal areas is simply because it is usually the seawater that provided the sulfate in the soil. Due to stormwater erosion anit defined flooding there is a possibility that areas within a certain distance of marshes, mangroves, and tidal areas will also be affected.
The presence of acid sulfate soil does not necessarily mean that one can not construct on. However, however, they make the process more complicated, time-consuming, and costly.
The assessment process can be broken down into three stages. The first stage is the preliminary assessment phrase, followed by the assessment phrase, the approval phase, and then the implementation phase. The local government will provide you with all of the information that you might need in order to carry out the acid sulfate soil assessment, or you may contact ADG Consulting.
If you are considering buying a coastal piece of land in order to construct a residence or a business, it is important that you have the ground assessed for acid sulfate soil, preferably before purchasing the land. The same thing goes for the seller; the land should be assessed before the final sale.
The Work Of An Environmental Consultant
The Importance of Environmental Consultants in Our Lives
The greater awareness of the environment and the need to ensure that all human activities place the least strain on natural resources, or use only that which can be sustained, has led to governments and authorities placing a lot of restrictions and having laws in place governing every form of activity. This has led to every person and company having to ensure that they comply with all these laws and standards, a task made much easier by taking on the services of environmental consultants.
Environmental concerns have also led to the requirement of the constant monitoring of the air quality, the land, vegetation, water sources and other things, and this is where environmental consultants who work for the authorities or independent organizations play a vital role. These consultants are also being consulted before any project or business is started, so that any effect in future on the environment can be assessed and action decided where any mitigation is necessary. In fact, for large projects, every country has in place a need to prepare an environmental consulting or impact assessment by a qualified company like ADG Consulting Pty Ltd before permissions are granted to allow for the construction or putting the project into operation.
Environmental consultants have to be people who have the right training about environmental issues and how they can be tackled. In the past, these consultants were brought in after the damage to the environment has occurred, so that they could suggest means and ways of repairing the damage and correcting future actions. Present day consultants examine the processes and activities to judge whether they will place any load on the environment, and suggest changes so that this can be avoided. This has often led to industries having to cut back on production levels, or put in place corrective measures like reducing emissions or finding ways to treat them so that they are safe and acceptable. They may also offer advice on the disposal of waste or its treatment. They may also be concerned with finding ways to recycle waste products so that it reduces the overall costs of production.
Consultants also advice on soil erosion caused by the removal of vegetation, possibilities of water logging, risks to natural water sources from commercial activities, interruption of natural drainage that can lead to flooding, subsidence of the land or other conditions that can lead to landslides or even avalanches. Their constant efforts in this direction can only lead to the world being a better place to live in.