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Keeyask Hydro Electric Generation Station EIA

Manitoba Hydro's proposed Keeyask hydroelectric generation station required several studies that have focused on the potential impacts of the project on the local and regional environment. In addition to conducting aerial surveys for moose and caribou, ground tracking transect surveys, small mammal population surveys, and rare species habitat surveys , WRCS performed baseline mercury assessments for aquatic furbearers within the area. As with all multi-disciplinary projects, WRCS worked closely with a team of environmental professionals in order to complete the necessary studies required for the project.
           

Conawapa Generation Station EIA

Wildlife Resource Consulting Services’ involvement in the environmental impact assessment for the long proposed Conawapa hydroelectric generating station along the Nelson River in Manitoba began in 2004. WRCS’s expertise was called upon to perform wildlife inventories and habitat along shorelines, and upland habitat, in areas that may be affected by infrastructure like roadways, right of ways, and transmission lines.

Through the use of traditional ecological knowledge, ground tracking, and motion sensing cameras population inventories and relative abundance are being compiled for the region. These data will assist in understanding and mitigating project impacts. Additionally, the collection of baseline data will help with long-term monitoring activities.

Wuskwatim Generation Station EIA and Transmission Line Monitoring

 

The ongoing hydroelectric generating station and construction of a transmission line through Northern Manitoba posed several challenges including the potential effects on the sensitive and protected woodland caribou. WRCS was tasked with determining whether the proposed transmission line would travel through important caribou calving habitat.

Initially using radio collars and thorough ground tracking techniques and with the development of caribou calving habitat models, likely calving areas were mapped. These results were then used to minimize and mitigate negative impacts to the local caribou population.

Now that monitoring has commenced, WRCS has initiated additional field investigations using sign inventories, aerial surveys, and motion sensing cameras to monitor moose / caribou / wolf interactions within the newly created corridor.
Over the past 17 years WRCS has completed over 70 projects for over 20 organizations including:

 

Abitibi-Price

Canadian Wildlife Service

Critical Wildlife Habitat Program

E. Hicks & Associates

ECOSTEM Ltd

Florence-Nora Access Road Inc.

Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd.

Manitoba Conservation

Manitoba Forestry-Wildlife Management Project

Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation

Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Transportation and Government Services

Manitoba Wildlife and Parks Branches

Marr Consulting and Communications

MMM Group

ND Lea Engineers and Planners Inc.

North/South Consultants Inc.

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation

Pine Falls Paper Co.

Sharptails Plus Foundation Inc.

Stantec

TetrES Consultants Inc.

UMA Engineering Ltd.

Wardrop Engineering

Winnipeg Airport Authority

 

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