Aquatic and Wetland Specialists
“Water covers 70% of our planet, and it is easy to think that it will always be plentiful. However, freshwater—the stuff we drink, bathe in, irrigate our farm fields with—is incredibly rare. Only 3% of the world’s water is fresh water, and two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or otherwise unavailable for our use.
Many of the water systems that keep ecosystems thriving and feed a growing human population have become stressed. Rivers, lakes and aquifers are drying up or becoming too polluted to use. More than half the world’s wetlands have disappeared. Agriculture consumes more water than any other source and wastes much of that through inefficiencies. Climate change is altering patterns of weather and water around the world, causing shortages and droughts in some areas and floods in others.
At the current consumption rate, this situation will only get worse. By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. And ecosystems around the world will suffer even more.” WWF, 2015
Prism EMS offers assessments of the ecosystem health in aquatic environments which include rivers, streams, pans and dams. These assessments focus on biological responses to determine the ecological integrity of the aquatic system. Assessments include:
Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis;
SASS 5 Accredited Macro-invertebrate Assessments;
River Health (Integrity) Assessments;
Fish Health and Population Dynamics Assessments;
Aquatic Species Inventories and Monitoring;
Impact Assessments; and
We make use of industry best practices and geographic information systems (GIS) to collect and analyze data for report writing and interpretation.
Wetland assessment and delineation is done, by means of:
Present Ecological Status Assessment
Wetland Ecological Importance and Sensitivity Assessment
Recommended Ecological Category is determined
Wetland delineation is done by means of soil augering and classification
Mapping is done utilising GPS tools and Geographic Information System (GIS) Modelling
Our aquatic and wetland specialists have expensive experience in their specialised fields and the skilled, quality service offered by Prism EMS is well known and often suggested.