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Towards a New Business Relationship: Waterpower on Parks Canada Agency Waterways

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Best Management Practices for the Mitigation of Impacts of Waterpower Facility Construction

*JUST ADDED - WETLANDS AND MIGRATORY BIRDS

This guide was developed to provide practical and current best management practices that will assist proponents in determining how best to construct, rehabilitate or repair a waterpower facility in an environmentally responsible manner. This guide will be useful to environmental planners and engineers during their day to day decision making, planning and design activities associated with waterpower construction.  The guide will also prove useful during the preparation of specifications and tender documents for waterpower construction.  There are 38 individual BMPs that accompany the parent document. The BMPs have been designed in a manner such that entire BMPs or portions thereof can be easily incorporated into project tender documents.  Professionals working on waterpower construction sites, including contractors, inspectors and contract administrators will also find this guide useful as a reference document.  It is anticipated that agency personnel involved in waterpower design review and permitting will find opportunity to use this guide to help in the execution of their mandates. 

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Best Management Practices Guide for American Eel

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This Best Management Practices (BMP) Guideline has been designed to assist proponents and regulatory agencies address key issues pertaining to the American eel. The BMP Guide focuses specifically on the relationship between waterpower projects and the species and offers practical advice using science-based information.

For a downloadable version, contact Janelle Bates at jbates@owa.ca, or visit the member's section of the website.

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Best Management Practices Guide for Lake Sturgeon

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The Best Management Practices Guide, focuses specifically on the relationship between waterpower projects and Lake Sturgeon, applying a "pathways of effect" framework.

For a downloadable version, contact Janelle Bates at jbates@owa.ca, or visit the member's section of the website.

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Community Guide to Waterpower Development

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An easy reading Guide designed to assist communities with an interest in developing a waterpower project. Developed by the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) in collaboration with the Waterpower Working Group (WPWG).

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Hydropower Science Kits 

Hydropower has been used for hundreds of years in watermills and is now commonly used to generate electricity in applications such as hydroelectric dams and tidal power plants. Explore the power of water by building models and conducting experiments with them. Learn about how different devices are used to extract useful energy from moving water — from a waterwheel in a small stream to a giant turbine in a tidal power station. 

Build a waterwheel, a sawmill, and a hammer mill to harness the energy of moving water to do different types of physical work. Investigate the intriguing properties of water by performing experiments involving surface tension, adhesion, and cohesion. Learn about water pressure by building a water tower, communicating vessels, and a water fountain.

Construct a hydroelectric power station to generate electricity and light an LED. Learn about where the energy in ocean waves, tides, and rivers comes from, and discover how we can generate electricity from them. 

The full-color, 32-page experiment manual offers illustrated instructions and scientific information. Ages 8 and up.

Member Price: $30.99 ea. + HST + Shipping and Handling.
Non Member Price: $40.99 ea. + HST + Shipping and Handling.

Cheque only. Payment is due upon receipt of the invoice.  Please allow 3 weeks for delivery.

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