Short-term pollution response services:
- Checks for fish kills and distress, plus removal of dead fish. Fish carcass counting follows specific Environment Agency procedure, using trained staff
- Fish rescue if feasible
- We are licensed to dose with hydrogen peroxide in low oxygen and pollution emergencies
- Design of an appropriate sampling regime for impact assessment and monitoring, including the selection of suitable controls and downstream monitoring to determine the extent of impact
- Full visual impact assessment at each sample site, with detailed records of habitat, conditions and evidence of pollution
- Collection of physicochemical parameters at sample locations – conductivity, temperature, oxygen concentration and ammonia concentrations
- Water sample collection for further detailed analysis if required
- Macroinvertebrate sampling and impact assessment within 48 hours of cessation of discharge, following Environment Agency procedures
- Live-dead analysis of bankside invertebrate samples, following accepted protocols, to provide maximum information on the biological impacts of pollution incidents
Long-term pollution response services:
- Monitoring to assess recovery or if issues are persisting. Ongoing and repeat monitoring to be based on the original sample design to allow accurate comparison of data
- Design of an assessment programme for historical pollution incidents, to determine whether impacts may be persisting
- Advice on mitigation and avoiding future incidents
- Expert witness service in prosecutions
APEM have extensive capacity to cope with pollution incident call-outs, including out-of-hours work. Our field team provides full support and we have many staff competent in bankside assessment and identification.
Our laboratories around the UK include staff highly experienced in macroinvertebrate sample processing to species level. Pollution samples are prioritised and we have capacity for large numbers of samples – we aim to report within two weeks.
Laboratory and consultancy staff have a wealth of experience in undertaking pollution surveys and in reporting the findings.
All reports on pollution incidents are designed to be acceptable to regulatory authorities. Our reports have been used frequently in court cases, and staff have also stood as expert witnesses when an incident has been subject to a prosecution.