Mussel Community Assessment Tool (MCAT) Development and Validation

EcoAnalysts worked with USGS to development a tool to assess the health of mussel communities in the Upper Mississippi River. The first phase included compiling quantitative data and selecting metrics. The second was to determine if these metrics accurately reflected professional judgment and evaluate temporal variation in mussel assemblage metrics at individual sites.

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Eric
Grand Rapids Whitewater River Restoration

EcoAnalysts is assisting Grand Rapids Whitewater with agency consultation and mitigation design for a river restoration project on the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A hydrophysical mussel habitat model was developed to facilitate assessment of project effects on freshwater mussels. Baseline mussel monitoring was conducted in 2016 and 2017 and a Biological Assessment is currently being prepared.

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Unionid Mussel Surveys, Relocation, and Monitoring for the Interstate 74 Bridge Replacement Project

EcoAnalysts was subcontracted by Stantec to assist with endangered unionid mussel issues associated with the replacement of the Interstate 74 Bridge over the Mississippi River. Between 2014 and 206, EA conducted mussel surveys, recipient site investigations, and the largest mussel relocation in North America. Mussels will be monitored periodically for the next 10 years.

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Risk Assessment for Fish, Invertebrates, and Unionids, Walnut Creek Indiana, Superfund Site

EcoAnalysts’ primary responsibilities were to collect biological data, determine if biological communities differed from uncontaminated (reference) sites based on community indices and principal component analysis, assess risks to the biological community from site contamination (based on sediment and water quality samples), and prepare technical documentation for insertion into the final Risk Assessment report prepared by Symbiont.

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Scott Mackey
Colluli Potash Mine

EcoAnalysts is currently leading an Independent Environmental and Social Consultant (IESC) review for Endeavour Financial to develop an Environmental and Social Due-Diligence assessment (ESDD) of the construction of an advanced greenfield sulfate of potash developments in the Danakil region of Eritrea, East Africa Panama.

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Scott Mackey