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Advancing Environmental Science & Protection

Posted on: March 22, 2016

The Cape Sharp Tidal Project aims to generate clean, renewable energy from our ocean tides. Responsible development of renewable resources means recognizing and respecting the great importance the Bay of Fundy plays to the local fishing, municipal and Mi’kmaq communities.

As part of our and commitment to responsible development, we’ve created a robust Environmental Effects Monitoring Program (EEMP) to monitor potential environmental effects of the Cape Sharp Tidal turbines on the Bay of Fundy marine environment. EEMP implementation and outcomes are critical to how we’ll define success of our project.

These are just some of the important things to know about the scope, development and approach to our environmental monitoring:

  • 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 FORCE’s own EEMP program, which is available at: fundyforce.ca/environment/monitoring ;
  • Our EEMP has been reviewed by Department of Fishers and Oceans (DFO) under the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act. And in January, DFO issued a Letter of Advice for our project stating that provided mitigative measures were incorporated into our plans, it was of the view that the project would not result in serious harm to fish or contravene the acts. That full letter is available here: DFO Letter of Advice to Cape Sharp Tidal ;
  • EEMP implementation will lead to better understanding of the 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 FORCE’s Environmental Assessment;
  • An annual project monitoring report will be submitted to NSE and DFO, which FORCE and EMAC will also review; and
  • 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. With a turbine in the water, we can advance the important research that has already been done.

 

Cape Sharp Tidal is a demonstration project aimed at proving we can generate clean, safe, renewable power to the grid while protecting the Bay of Fundy’s marine environment. What we learn in this first phase of the Cape Sharp Tidal project will change global understanding of how to safely and responsibly generate power from our oceans.

For more detail, you can read our  Cape Sharp Tidal Environmental Effects and Monitoring Program .

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

EEMP graphic

 

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