A priority for the Hydro Group is to build and cultivate partnerships with other agencies and organizations to achieve common environmental objectives. These partnerships maximize human and financial resources to generate a body of knowledge and experience that can be used for environmental decision-making in a variety of applications.

Conservation Corps

The Hydro Group has a long-standing relationship with the Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2003, Hydro sponsored a Green Team of four local youth who worked with researchers from Parks Canada and Memorial University to help identify the location of rare plant species located on the Limestone Barrens of the Great Northern Peninsula. The team also conducted community and land use surveys, as well as information sessions to develop and provide an interpretive tour of the Barrens.

Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association (NLCSA)

In conjunction with the NLCSA, Hydro developed a training course for contractors on environmental protection within construction sites. We advised potential contractors that having the course would be a condition of doing work for Hydro after January 1, 2004. By the end of 2003, approximately 104 people representing 55 companies had completed the course. This partnership is expected to improve environmental performance at all construction sites in the province, not only those initiated by the Hydro Group.

Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)

Hydro and DFO conducted a joint study to track the migration of fish in the area of the Granite Canal hydroelectric project. Scientists are using radio telemetry to follow the movements of approximately 90 fish throughout the year. Hydro's main objective is to document the use of the Fish Habitat Compensation Facility constructed as part of the project. Invaluable information on habitat requirements by ouananiche and brook trout is also being obtained that can be used for the management of inland fish in situations throughout the Province.

Hydro Québec

Hydro Québec has been undertaking extensive studies on the production of greenhouse gas emission from their reservoirs. In the summer of 2003, Hydro collaborated with the scientists at Hydro Québec to take similar measurements at reservoirs in the Bay d'Espoir system. Preliminary analysis is complete and a final report will be available in 2004.

Climate Change Education Centre (CCEC)

Hydro continued its partnership with the Conservation Corps to support the CCEC. The CCEC develops and delivers innovative education and outreach programs to educate the public on climate change and influence how they respond to this environmental concern.

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