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Our People

Daniel Andrews, Ph.D.,P.Biol. is the owner and director of Clearwater Environmental Consultants. Daniel is a biologist and water quality specialist with over 25 years of experience as an environmental consultant. He has worked on a wide variety of technical water and sediment quality projects including the long-term analysis of the acid-sensitivity of lakes and streams in northern Alberta, the application of the Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program (WASP) to Alberta Rivers, effluent dispersion modelling and studies on selenium leachability from waste rocks in Alberta coal mines. Daniel has served as the technical lead for the water and sediment quality components of numerous environmental impact assessments across Alberta including developments within the Alberta Oil Sands. His principal areas of expertise include:

  • Water and sediment quality
  • Lake acidification
  • Environmental effects monitoring
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Delineation of effluent plume dispersion
  • Benthic surveys and multivariate analysis of benthic populations
  • Bioavailability and environmental fate of aquatic contaminants
  • Selenium leachability from Alberta coal mines
  • Erosion and sediment control

Julie Figures, Ph.D., P.Biol. Julie is an aquatic biologist with over 20 years of experience in both the UK and Canada. Julie worked in a variety of roles for the Environment Agency, the England and Wales environmental regulatory authority, for over 10 years where she specialized in marine and freshwater ecological assessments of pollution incidents and the potential impact of proposed developments upon water quality and resources. She frequently served as an Expert Witness for the Environment Agency in prosecution cases and public hearings. Julie is an experienced invertebrate taxonomist, aquatic macrophyte and river habitat surveyor, and specializes in the collection and analysis of data on water quality, fish and benthic habitat. A focus of much of her academic work has been on the biogeochemical cycling of metals in ecosystems affected by historical heavy metal contamination. Her Canadian experience includes water quality monitoring and assessments of pipeline crossings of rivers for the oil and gas industry as well as development of Environmental Construction Operations (ECO) and Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) plans for construction projects. Julie's principal areas of expertise include:

  • Water and sediment quality
  • Fish and benthic habitat assessment
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Invertebrate and macrophyte taxonomy
  • Trace metal cycling in aquatic ecosystems
  • Erosion and sediment control