Dams and Hydroelectric Power

Northern Bioscience can provide comprehensive field studies and analysis to support new hydroelectric prower projects. We can design and conduct baseline aquatic (eg. fish, benthos, wetlands) and terrestrial studies pre-development and implement monitoring programs post development. Northern Bioscience can also help develop water management plans and carry out required monitoring.

Project Examples

McGraw Falls Environmental Assessment (EA)

Description: Conducted a baseline inventory of aquatic and terrestrial resources of the Matawin River. Specific studies include fish index netting, spawning surveys, breeding bird, amphibian, and benthic monitoring, terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic habitat mapping.
Report: Harris, A.G. and R.F. Foster. 2008. Matawin River Aquatic and Terrestrial Inventory Existing Conditions - Background Report. Unpublished report prepared for McGraw Falls Power
Year: 2007
Client: McGraw Falls Power

Kapuskasing River Odonates

Description: Completed a monitoring project for globally and provincially rare dragonflies on the Kapaskasing River (identified over 7000 exuviae)
Report: Foster, R.F. and A.G. Harris. 2007. Kapuskasing River Odonate Monitoring. Unpublished report prepared for Hatch Ltd.
Year: 2007
Client: Hatch Ltd.

Long Lake Fisheries Assessment

Description: Conducted visual spawning surveys, index netting, egg traps and habitat assessment below the Long Lake Control Dam
Report: Foster, R.F., A.G. Harris. and J. Tost. 2007. Fish and fish habitat assessment Aguasabon River 2007. Unpublished report prepared for Ontario Power Generation.
Year: 2007
Client: Ontario Power Generation

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Little Eva Lake Rare Plant Survey

Description: Surveyed shorelines of Little Eva and Bill lakes for rare plant species potentially impacted by hydro development.
Report: Harris, A.G. and R.F. Foster. 2007. Shoreline flora of Little Eva Lake and Bill Lake. Unpublished report prepared for Bio-Consulting.
Year: 2007
Client: Bio-Consulting

Larval Sturgeon Drift Netting Kakabeka Falls

Description: Conducted larval sturgeon drift netting below the Kakabeka Falls Generating Station in 2006 and 2007.
Report: Foster, R.F. and A.G. Harris. 2007. Kaministiquia River Larval Sturgeon Sampling 2007 Feasibility Study. Unpublished report prepared for Ontario Power Generation, Thunder Bay.
Year: 2006, 2007
Client: Ontario Power Generation

Namewaminikan River Environmental Screening Report

Description: Conducted a baseline inventory of aquatic and terrestrial resources of the Namewaminikan River on the east shore of Lake Nipigon. Specific studies include fish index netting, spawning surveys, radio telemetry, breeding bird, amphibian, and benthic monitoring, terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic habitat mapping, as well as analysis of potential impacts
Report: Foster, R.F., A.G. Harris. and J. Tost. 2007. Namewaminikan River Aquatic and Terrestrial Inventory Existing Conditions - Background Report. Unpublished report prepared for KGS Group.
Year: 2006
Client: KGS Group

Onion Lake Dam Environmental Impact Study

Description: Assessed potential impacts of a proposed dam removal on fisheries and wetlands.
Report: Forbes, A.C., R.F. Foster, M.H. Nelson, and S.F. Lamoureux. 2006. Onion Lake Dam Environmental Impact Study. Unpublished report prepared for Ont. Min. Natur. Resour., Thunder Bay. 97 p. + append.
Year: 2005
Client: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resoures, Thunder Bay District

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(807) 346-4950 Rob Foster • (807) 344-7213 Al Harris