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What is an Eapp?

Eapp stands for environmental appraisal, which is an electronic in-house appraisal system, which we use to assess the environmental impacts of all work that my colleagues undertake. When it works well, the appraisal should ensure that our work avoids harming the environment, meets legal requirements and suggests environmental improvements.

Reviewing and commenting on environmental appraisals are part of my everyday work.  The appraisal is initially filled in by the person running the job (Waterway staff, engineer, project manager).They include as much work detail as possible, what the work involves and where it is taking place. The appraisal is then sent to me to review and suggest actions.

Actions can vary from :

  • undertaking an ecological survey (such as checking for bats and water voles)
  • organising a fish rescue
  • chatting through the work with  Natural England/Environment Agency
  • organising water quality monitoring
  • highlight if invasive species are on site and what to do if they need to be removed  

The appraisal is a live document, so if the project changes, I need to review the appraisal in light of these changes. So if the project is extended, more surveys or monitoring may be needed.

I also go out and review the use of these Eapps as they are being used on site. I went out on Wednesday with Rob, the maintenance manager, to look at some construction work the Waterway team are undertaking.The team were reconstructing a culvert adjacent to the Droitwich Canal. Onsite we discussed site storage of construction materials, reuse of materials, dewatering works and the how the site will be revegatated. I am hoping we can use some local wildflower mix, which should work well on this site. 

About this blog

Sara has been with the Trust for 17 years, working in the environment team. She is a senior environmental scientist and will cover waste and water quality issues. She works closely with the South Wales and Severn Waterway team but her work will also pick up national issues, such as the Water Framework Directive.

 

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