‘Acid sulfate soils’ is the common name given to naturally occurring soil and sediment containing iron sulfides. When these naturally occurring sulphides are disturbed and exposed to air, oxidation occurs – and sulfuric acid is ultimately produced. This sulfuric acid can drain into waterways and cause severe short- and long-term socio-economic and environmental impacts.
Martens provides comprehensive environmental and geotechnical services for investigating, controlling and managing acid sulfate soils.
Our key service areas include:
- Stage 1 preliminary investigation (geomorphogical)
- Stage 2 comprehensive acid sulphate soil survey
- Acid sulphate soil management plans
- Construction management protocols
- Groundwater well installation and monitoring
- Impact assessment where leaching has occurred
- Soil remediation strategies and site supervision