ESRD – AEMERA Transition Project. Objective of this meeting. Ensure a shared understanding of IRMS Ensure a shared understanding of the role AEMERA will play in the future (to the extent that it is currently known) Review project glossary
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Why pursue an IRMS?
East Slope Policy
Ambient Environmental Monitoring is a term used to describe baseline and effects-based monitoring. It does not include compliance monitoring.
Baseline Monitoring describes the state of the environment and its natural variability. Baseline monitoring establishes the benchmark against which sites that are affected by development can be compared.
Effects or Effects-based Monitoring describes monitoring activities undertaken to determine the status or trend of specific environmental attributes or indicators that reflect the current state of the environment. It focuses on changes in the environment resulting from various anthropogenic activities but is also able to detect changes due to natural causes such as climate variation.
Compliance Monitoring or Performance-basedMonitoring describes monitoring activities undertaken to determine if a particular facility is complying with its operating approval(s) and related licencing or permitting conditions. Such monitoring focuses on understanding and managing pressures on the environment (e.g., end of pipe or top of stack emissions) but may include condition indicators for environmental media under the care and control of the operator (e.g., soil, groundwater).
Notes: Bio Group would like to spit Compliance from Performance into separate functions
Known-Known: AEMERA provides authoritative knowledge and operates monitoring systems at this scale.
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Known-Unknowns (GREY): What is AEMERA’s role at the scale that applies to management at the finer scale in conjunction with partners?
Known-Known: AEMERA does not conduct site focused monitoring for compliance assurance and response.