Bruce Power’s new Environment Fund is teaming up with the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) to restore fish habitat in the North Saugeen River.
The SVCA’s Lockerby Dam Decommissioning initiative will see the dam structure removed and the area, including the pond, rehabilitated to its natural state. This will allow the passage of migrating salmon and other fish species, increase fish habitat, help maintain cooler water temperatures and provide a natural buffer along this important waterway.
“We’re very excited about this project and all the natural benefits it can provide,”
said Luke Charbonneau, Chair of Saugeen Conservation.
“We are extremely grateful to Bruce Power for their interest and commitment, and look forward to working with them to make this project a reality.”
Bruce Power is partnering with the SVCA in this important project through its new Environment Fund, a $400,000 initiative that will assist various community-driven environmental projects, said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs.
“Bruce Power is proud to be a part of the SVCA’s Lockerby Dam Decommissioning project, which will have important, long-term benefits to fish species in our area,”
“We understand the importance of safely and reliably operating our eight units for the people of Ontario, but we also take great pride in improving the quality of life for our local residents and, in this case, wildlife through projects such as this.
Having once been used to generate hydro, the Lockerby Dam has not supplied power to Paisley since 1923 and is currently a barrier to fish migration along the North Saugeen River, said Jo-Anne Harbinson, Manager, Water Resources and Stewardship Services at the SVCA.
“The dam and the Lockerby area was established in the early-1850s with the first water power being used for a grist mill and later a saw mill. Removal of the dam is a step in moving forward to a healthier waterway and ecosystem,”
Work on the Lockerby Dam Project is scheduled to begin this summer.
About Saugeen Valley Conservation Area
Saugeen Conservation was formed in 1950 and has been implementing conservation programs, projects and services in the local area for over 65 years. Its jurisdiction includes the Saugeen, Pine and Penetangore River Watersheds, an area cover about 4,675 sq. km (1,805 sq. miles).
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30% of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.
For further information, please contact:
Jo-Anne Harbinson – SVCA – 519-367-3040 x235 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Peevers – Bruce Power –519-361-6583 email@example.com