Information-sharing center studied for waterpower in Canadian province of Ontario

The Ontario Waterpower Association has awarded a contract to complete a feasibility study for the proposed Waterpower Reference Centre.

Both the industry and the province have recognized the potential benefits of retaining and using ecological information to help guide future resource management decisions, OWA says. To this end, OWA proposes to design and develop a central location for environmental reports, supporting data/information and best management practices.

4DM and Senes Consultants received the contract, which calls for them to complete the study to better understand existing systems, holdings and available products.

The project to develop the center is being undertaken through a partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and is intended to leverage the considerable investment being made by the waterpower industry in the collection of data and information related to hydroelectric projects, OWA says.

“At present, an estimated $150 million to $200 million is being invested in waterpower development and redevelopment to support environmental assessments and approvals across the province,” says Paul Norris, president of OWA.

OWA is a not-for-profit organization representing the common and collective interests of the waterpower industry.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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