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Discussions between members of the waterpower industry, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and professionals with expertise on the linkages between small hydropower development and methyl mercury have identified a gap between the desire to predict potential temporary increases of methyl mercury in large piscivorous fish from hydropower development, the quality of existing data to support predictive models and the subsequent ability of the current models to produce a prediction that is sufficiently reliable and accurate to inform management decisions.
Validating data and modelling accuracy may improve as mercury concentrations in water and fish tissue are collected before and after development of new small-scale hydropower facilities, and the confidence in predictive model outcomes should also increase and allow for well-informed management decisions on subsequent projects. Without a framework to manage the uncertainty associated with current predictive models, projects will continue to face delays and science may not advance.
The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) in consultation with the MOECC have prepared this Best Management Practice (BMP) to provide a framework for managing the uncertainties related to methyl mercury prediction and to improve confidence in predictive modelling for future projects. The OWA will be hosted a one day workshop on June 23, 2015 in Toronto. This workshop focused on the following key areas of the BMP.
Workshop Key Areas of Focus
BMP for Water Quality Monitoring and Fish Tissue Sampling
Mitigative Factors and Actions
Communications and Risk Management Strategies
To order a copy of the BMP for Small Hydro and Methyl Mercury please contact Stephanie Landers firstname.lastname@example.org
Investment Strategies for First Nation Communities
November 19, 2014
Kathleen Padulo, Environmental Coordinator, Chiefs of Ontario, Kathleen.Padulo@coo.org
Stephen Lindley, Vice President Aboriginal Affiars, SNC Lavalin, Stephen.Lindley@snclavalin.com
Valerie Helbronner, Partner, Torys LLP, email@example.com
Bill Touzel, Senior Advisor and Strategic Development, Blumetric, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheri Bizarro, Program Manager, Funds, Ontario Power Authority, Sheri.Bizarro@powerauthority.on.ca orBarbara.Ellard@powerauthority.on.ca
Sandy Roberts, Director, Strategic Project Finance Branch, Ontario Finance Authority, Ministry of Finance, Sandy.Roberts@ofina.on.ca
Clint Davis, Vice President Aboriginal Affairs, TD Bank Financial Group, Clint.Davis@td.com
David Eva, Vice President, Capstone Power Development, email@example.com
Wayne Ross, President, Coral Rapids Power, firstname.lastname@example.org
Norman Jaehrling, Chief Executive Officer, Pic Mobert First Nation, email@example.com
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who attended the Modernization of Approvals workshop held on December 11th at Torys LPP. The session was very informatiive and provided greater insight into the new direction that government is taking and the roles of both government and industry.
The complete presentation has now available, click here to access the presentation.
Should you have any questions about this or other OWA events please contact, Janelle Bates, email@example.com 705-743-1500 ext. 23
This two day training session was yet another successful event. Thank you to all who attended and participated. Presentations can be accessed by clicking on name of the presenter in the links below.
Ernie Belyea, Bennett Jones LLP (PDF)
Gary Kissack, Fogler Rubinoff (PDF)
Adam Chamberlain, Borden Ladner Gervais (PDF)
Katherine Koostachin, Willms & Shier (PDF)
Jason Batise, Wabun Tribal Council (PDF)
Mike Fox, Fox High Impact Consulting (PDF)
Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy (PDF)
Stephen Lindley, SNC Lavalin (PDF)
Joe Heil, Ontario Power Generation (PDF)
Archived events click here