Ecological Risk Assessment Services
Since before the 1970s, a number of federal, state and local environmental regulations have mandated the assessment of ecological impacts, which may result from development or other uses of land and environmental resources. The science of ecological risk assessment and the regulations directing its application have developed to address the increased public concern that the environment can be readily damaged by human activity. At OTO, we don’t believe there is a viable cook-book approach to ecological risk assessment. Each assessment should describe the rationale behind the assessment by explaining how the assessment’s overall design answers the environmental questions posed, and it needs to be supported by the level of technical rigor necessary to make compelling and credible scientific arguments.