OWA adds to best practices for hydroelectric power developers

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The Ontario Waterpower Association has released two new best management practices (BMPs) for hydroelectric power development in conjunction with Canada Water Week.

The first was developed in partnership with conservation group Ducks Unlimited Canada and focuses on minimizing the impact of hydropower projects on wetland form and function during construction. The BMP also works to identify opportunities for wetland creation and enhancement.

"Working with industry partners is an important means of protecting and increasing the number of wetland acres in Ontario," said Mark Gloutney, Director of Regional Operations, Eastern Region for Ducks Unlimited Canada. "It is encouraging to see that the importance of wetlands is being kept firmly in mind."

The second BMP addresses key considerations with regard to migratory birds and was created with guidance from the Canadian Wildlife Service. The guideline aims to protect and conserve migratory bird populations and their habitats during construction activities, and to identify opportunities for habitat enhancement.

"I am extremely pleased with the products of this positive partnership," OWA President Paul Norris said. "These new BMPs are another example of our organization's commitment to continued improvement."

Both of the BMPs are supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and authored by Natural Resource Solutions Inc., OWA said. The practices will be added to its "Best Management Practices Guide for the Mitigation of Impacts of Waterpower Facility Construction, which was released in 2012. Copies of the guide are available via OWA's website.

Canada Water Week is a nationwide celebration held annually in the third week of March to coincide with World Water Day on March 22.

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