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Receiving Environment Monitoring Program

A Receiving Environment Monitoring Program (REMP) may be included as a requirement of an Environmental  Approval (EA).  The aim of a REMP is to monitor and assess the potential impacts of controlled or uncontrolled releases of wastewater and associated contaminants to the environment from a regulated activity. A REMP provides a basis for evaluating whether the discharge limits or other conditions imposed upon an activity have been successful in maintaining or protecting receiving environment values over time. – Receiving environment monitoring program guideline (Qld DEHP) 2014.

REMP monitoring and reporting is now an important part of the obligations of anyone who can potentially have an impact on the environment.  

Preparation of a REMP requires a in-depth understanding of the environment that can be impacted.  

4T scientists assess the receiving environments for environmental values (EV) and develop water quality objectives to preserve those EVs. 

Since the implementation of REMP requirements in Queensland, 4T has been providing monitoring, data analysis and REMP reporting for our clients.

Development of a robust REMP requires three separate stages:

Scope of the REMP

  • the nature and characteristics of potential releases (e.g. mine waste water, discharges from a feedlot)
  • activities that are occurring in the surrounding areas
  • attributes of the receiving environment such as environmental values, other activities likely to affect or impact upon the receiving environment
  • location and extent of the monitoring program including the monitoring sites
  • monitoring program details such as what is to be monitored – including timing, frequency, potential limitations and reporting

REMP design

We have prepared REMP plans for clients in all industry sectors, different sectors and our experience ensures  that a REMP program complies with all Environmental Authority and regulatory requirements.   

  • Define the aims and objectives with due consideration of the location and to the EA conditions
  • Outline the activities and actions that will be undertaken in the REMP program
  • Location descriptions and characteristics including:
    • Maps of the areas, site location, streams, storages, release points, downstream receptors and downstream environmental values.
    • Locations of other features or points of interest which may affect the results of REMP monitoring and assessments such as other industries in the vicinity
    • Details of environmental values including locations, descriptions and implications for any future releases or discharges
    • Water quality objectives (WQO) that are relevant to protect the environmental values and in accordance with established State and National water quality guidelines.
  • Monitoring program including:
    • Monitoring sites – reference, potential impact and intermediate locations
    • Associated monitoring sites/points e.g. weather stations, Government monitoring sites.
    • Methods of assessment – in-situ, grab sampling, automatic samplers
    • Flow and volume measurement methods
    • Sediment sampling and monitoring
    • Biological monitoring e.g. Macroinvertebrate and aquatic ecosystem assessments
    • Physical site assessments e.g. stream bank stability at outlets, sediment deposition.
    • Sampling and analysis methods including QA/QC and chain of custody sample management, sample size, preservation and hygiene. Photo-recording of each site may be required.
    • Frequency and timing for sampling and observations
    • Indicators – what indicators are to be used (e.g. analytes, reference guidelines for observations, Signal scores or taxa richness for macroinvertebrates). How do these relat to the EV and WQO for the location.
    • Data management, analysis and reporting methods.  
  • HSE and other considerations

REMP Reporting

Because we have been preparing REMP documents and doing REMP monitoring since their introduction, our team is highly experienced in the interpretation and analysis of data, and the preparation of REMP reports.  We are completely familiar with the conditions that are found throughout our area, ensuring that data will be interpreted correctly using our local knowledge.  

Our data management, storage and QA/QC procedures also ensure that any findings and conclusions in the report are based on reliable data that has been properly verified.

All 4T REMP projects are conducted in accordance with the DEHP (2014) Receiving environment monitoring program guideline.

 For more information please contact us.