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At the River Institute, our applied research team is committed to working closely with your organization to provide innovative solutions for technical problems and challenges. Applied research services include proof of concept studies, product testing, literature reviews, and environmental assessment and monitoring. We also offer project planning and training support for clients looking to build internal capacity in environmental research and monitoring. 


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Environmental Monitoring & Assessment

The River Institute offers an array of environmental monitoring and assessment services related to aquatic, terrestrial, and avian habitats and organisms. With access to specialized survey and monitoring equipment, an internal CALA accredited laboratory*, and decades of combined experience and expertise, we are able to design and conduct surveys, monitoring and site assessments for a wide range of environmental variables, providing clients with meaningful data and analytical insight. Our services include monitoring using satellites and drone technologies, as well as environmental sampling, from water and soil, to tissue sampling.

Services include but are not limited to:

  • Fish Habitat Assessments
  • Wetland Evaluations
  • Species at Risk Assessments
  • Natural Heritage Evaluations
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Wastewater Sampling & Analysis
  • Water Chemistry Testing

Literature Review

Literature reviews provide an excellent basis for the development of new products, services, and programs, or the evaluation and refinement of existing ones. River Institute literature review services help clients better understand the state of knowledge in a particular field. Our applied research team provides detailed reports with up-to-date summaries of the state of a field, in-depth analyses, and highlights of key resources to address business or project needs.

Project Design & Capacity Support

For clients seeking to implement their own research or monitoring project, or build in-house capacities, we offer tailored project planning and training support. Our team includes experienced educators and trainers and value opportunities to work with clients to design projects, including standardized methodologies and protocols, and build the necessary field and laboratory capacity to carry them out successfully.  

Proof of Concept & Product Testing 

The River Institute offers proof of concept and product testing services that provide clients with specialized project designs to fit their needs. Our experienced and knowledgeable team is committed to helping enterprises and companies of all sizes test and improve their existing and potential products or services. With an internal CALA accredited laboratory*, we are able to provide specifically tailored tests not offered by larger laboratories.

Previous Projects:

  • Tensile testing molds for a novel fishing material designed to eliminate ghost lining
  • Assessing the impacts of environmentally friendly fertilizers 
  • Testing a novel, environmentally friendly treatment to address poison parsnip distribution
  • Testing the efficacy of water purifiers
  • Assessing a novel product designed to reduce produce spoilage 

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