Acid sulfate soils

Though naturally occurring and harmless under the right conditions, acid sulfate soils can cause significant environmental harm if not carefully managed.

Acid sulfate soil solutions

Formed in wet environments such as marshes, swamps and mangroves, acid sulfate soils contain minerals that chemically react with oxygen (oxidise) when earth is excavated or drained. This oxidation causes sulfuric acid to be released into the environment which can, in turn, lead to heavy metals and other contaminants entering surrounding ecosystems.

Our contaminated land and water specialists support clients in the resources, property, infrastructure and water sectors to understand acid sulfate soil risks, manage soil dewatering and disposal, monitor environmental impacts and mitigate the impact of contamination on human health, water, ecology and development.

Acid sulfate soils management solutions

  • Preliminary and detailed site assessments for acid sulfate soils
  • Groundwater and surface water monitoring
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Acid sulfate soil and dewatering management plans
  • Dredge management planning
  • Groundwater drawdown (dewatering) numerical modelling
  • Development and implementation of acid sulfate soil treatment systems for land and water
  • Sustainable soil reuse practices and/or disposal
  • On-site management during and post-construction for acid sulfate soil and groundwater
  • Liaison with regulatory agencies
  • Acid sulfate soil research projects
  • Integrated contaminated land and acid sulfate soil projects
  • Environmental planning and policy for the development of affected sites.

Meet our specialists

Alan Foley, Principal Scientist

Alan Foley

Principal Scientist +61 8 9211 1111 EMAIL
Perth - West Perth | Australia
Colm Corcoran

Colm Corcoran

Service Line Leader – Contaminated Land +61 8 9211 1111 EMAIL
Perth - West Perth | Australia

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