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Advancing Environmental Science & Protection

Posted on: April 25, 2018

As part of our and commitment to responsible development, we’ve created an Environmental Effects Monitoring Program (EEMP) to monitor potential environmental effects of the Cape Sharp Tidal turbines on the Bay of Fundy marine environment. Here are some important things to know about our environmental monitoring scope, development and approach:

  • Our EEMP was developed in consultation with national and international experts in tidal site monitoring, and involved input from scientists and regulatory agencies;
  • It includes separate monitoring for marine fish, marine mammals and turbine sound;
  • It is layered with the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy’s EEMP program, which is available at: fundyforce.ca/environment/monitoring ;
  • Our EEMP has been reviewed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) under the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act. In January 2016, DFO issued a Letter of Advice for our project which is available here: DFO Letter of Advice to Cape Sharp Tidal ;
  • Continuing to conduct environmental effects monitoring will lead to better understanding of near-field (i.e. next to the turbines) interactions and potential effects turbines may have on the environment;
  • Real-time data enables us to verify the accuracy of the environmental effect predictions made in the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) Environmental Assessment;
  • Cape Sharp Tidal submits quarterly environmental effects monitoring reports to Nova Scotia Environment. An annual report was submitted in January 2018. These reports are available here:
  • Beginning in 2018, Cape Sharp Tidal’s environmental monitoring update will be included in the FORCE report. The first-quarter 2018 report is available here.
  • Written feedback on the FORCE and Cape Sharp EEMPs was provided by regulators in January 2018, and can be viewed here.
  • Our program will complement the existing body of research that has been done on the Bay of Fundy around tidal development and the Bay of Fundy environment.

You’ll find an overview of our environmental monitoring objectives, focus, methodologies and approach here: Environmental Monitoring Overview. Information on the environmental monitoring technology we use is available here: Environmental Monitoring Technology. For more detail, you can read our 2016-17  Cape Sharp Tidal Environmental Effects and Monitoring Program .

November 4, 2016 update: EEMP contingency details for Nova Scotia Environment

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