Environmental Monitoring for Government

No matter how big a government is, it still needs help.

Aridea Environmental Monitoring can assist local, state and even the federal government with projects that can benefit from state-of-the-art remote environmental monitoring to provide real-time data monitoring.

“The biggest and most obvious way we can help government agencies is by providing monitoring services for them rather than having a $200-per-hour contractor doing it,” said B.J. Evans, Aridea Environmental Monitoring’s co-founder and managing partner.

Take mining, for example.

After a mine is closed, state and federal agencies still must monitor the site for water and soil quality issues.

With state-of-the-art remote environmental monitoring, Aridea Environmental Monitoring can provide real-time data monitoring of the mine sites that allow government officials to efficiently watch those levels without ever leaving their office.

And if the monitoring does show a potential problem, Aridea Environmental Monitoring also can create an automated system to help with that. One example, according to Evans, would be a device to dump lime into a stream affected by acid mine runoff to bring the pH up to proper levels.

“The bottom line is that the agencies could save a lot of money with our systems,” Evans said. “We can work with government agencies as well as the contractors and engineering firms they hire for projects.”

Aridea Environmental Monitoring has worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a device, the Terralytix Edge Buoy, used on the Ohio River near the Robert C. Byrd Lock and Dam to monitor currents and the accumulation of sediment on mussel beds.

Currently, Aridea Environmental Monitoring is working on a pilot project with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and West Virginia University in Preston County to monitor acid mine drainage and to control the treatment.

“For acid mine runoff, you either use lime or a liquid caustic to bring the pH up,” Evans said. “There are ways to do that now, but ours is wireless and solar. It’s much cheaper than the current methods.”

If a government is building a highway, Evans said Aridea Environmental Monitoring can work with the engineering firms on the project to monitor the environmental impact of making cuts into hills and filling valleys.

Evans said Aridea Environmental Monitoring is also working with some municipal water companies on monitoring issues.

“Recently, we’re getting into source water monitoring,” he said. “We’ve developed a platform to monitor source water at water plants to alert them if something is happening. For example, we could alert a water company if there has been a chemical spill in the water it takes in for use. Then, it could shut down its intake valves until the situation is resolved.”

Evans said Aridea Environmental Monitoring was founded to automate the remote environmental monitoring and data collection for the mining industry. But the systems Aridea Environmental Monitoring uses can be adapted to monitor just about anything for a variety of industries, even government agencies.

He said Aridea Environmental Monitoring’s vision is to provide real-time monitoring and data in difficult locations to offer affordable solutions for businesses.

“This is a new concept for everybody,” he said. “It’s a huge opportunity.”