Julia TARNOWSKI M.Eng., P. Eng.

Sr. Environmental Engineer

 

Professional Experience

Julia is a professional water resources and environmental engineer with experience dealing with regulatory strategy, approvals, and reporting, first nations relations, stakeholder consultation, hydrology and water quality modelling, environmental monitoring, and environmental impact assessments. Julia has over 20 years of experience working with public and private clients. She has experience working with multi-disciplinary teams as well as managing budgets, expenditure forecasts, and contractual requirements of consultants for projects of varying scale.

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Dry Creek Site Performance Objectives, Teck Resources Ltd, Sparwood, BC – Provide direction and input for the development of site performance objectives (selenium, nitrate, sulphate) and instream flow requirements through the use of a structured decision-making process involving regulators (ENV, EMPR, FLNRO) and the local First Nation community (Ktunaxa Nation) to incorporate technical data and cultural values into decision-making. Manage a team of consultants providing technical expertise in hydrologic and water quality modelling, aquatic health and aquatic habitat.
 
Harmer Creek Long-term Compliance Limit Development, Teck Resources Ltd, Sparwood, BC – Provide direction and input for the development of a selenium compliance limit and associated water quality management plan through the use of a structured decision-making process involving regulators (ENV, DFO, FLNRO) and the local First Nation community (Ktunaxa Nation) to incorporate technical data and cultural values into decision-making. Manage a team of consultants providing technical expertise to the process.

Blackwater Gold Mine EA Review, Ulkatcho First Nation and Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation, Anahim Lake, BC – Manage a multi-disciplinary team of technical experts to review the EA for the proposed Blackwater Gold Mine on behalf of two local First Nation communities (Ulkatcho and Lhoosk’uz Dene). Provide technical review of surface water components (hydrology, water quality, fisheries), including comments to EAO and attendance at Working Group meetings. Ensure adherence to project budget and timeline. Present findings and updates on the EA review process to community members and leadership.

Surface Water Consultant, Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Department, Fort Nelson, BC – Provide on-going expertise on hydrology and water quality issues within the Fort Nelson First Nation territory (approx. 9500 ha in northeast BC). Activities included: providing technical expertise on OGC, FLNRO, and MOE referrals, developing and communicating priorities, in conjunction with FNFN Lands Dept. staff, for water management within the territory, providing regulatory liaison and negotiation of approvals (and associated conditions) with MOE, FLNRO, OGC, DFO and EC, aiding in the development of regional surface water and groundwater baseline data collection and monitoring programs, providing input into successful grant proposals. Provided technical expertise for environmental litigation resulting in the successful challenge of a significant surface water licence through the EAB.
Education
  • M.Eng., Civil Engineering (Water Resources), University of British Columbia, 2000
  • B.Eng., Environmental Engineering, Carleton University, 1999
Experience
  • Senior Environmental Engineer, SweetTech Engineering Consultants, 2021 – Present
  • Senior Lead, Regulatory Approvals, Teck Resources Ltd. 2017 – 2020
  • Environmental Engineer & Owner, O’Shannassy Environmental, 2006 – 2017
  • Water Resources Engineer, Matrix Solutions Inc., 2004 – 2006
  • Environmental Engineer, Golder Associates Ltd., 2000 – 2004
Affiliations
  • P. Eng. Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC)
Years of Experience
  • 22

Certifications
  • Certified CrewSupervisor Backpack Electrofishing, BC MOE Standards
  • Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card