Hydroelectric Facilities

Scientists from LGL have hydro experience working on:

  • Fish bypass systems
  • Fish trapping, tagging, and monitoring
  • Adult and juvenile salmon passage assessments and mitigation measures
  • Adult lamprey passage assessments
  • Predation of outmigrating smolts by piscivorous birds
  • Design, installation, and operation of fish bypass and trapping technologies at dams
  • Public and Agency consultations
  • Scientific study permitting

Objectives of our research and monitoring programs include:

  • Impact assessment of project operations on fish, wildlife, and habitat
  • Fish migration enumeration, timing, distribution, passage success, and run reconstruction
  • Fish behaviour and survival
  • Implementation and monitoring strategies for reservoir enhancement and remediation targeting fish, wildlife, and habitat
  • Database design and management
  • Expert testimony for regulatory and court proceedings
  • Water use planning and reservoir management

Specialized methodologies:

  • Radio-telemetry
  • Acoustic-telemetry
  • Hydroacoustics, including DIDSON sonar
  • In-stream weirs and traps
  • Underwater video monitoring
  • Wetland design and creation
  • Aerial survey techniques
  • GIS databases and imagery
  • Advanced statistics

Locations of hydroelectric experience:

  • Washington State, Columbia River – Wells, Rocky Reach, Rock Island, Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams and reservoirs
  • British Columbia, Columbia River – Mica, Revelstoke, and Keenleyside dams and reservoirs
  • British Columbia, Peace River – W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams and reservoirs
  • British Columbia, Peace River – Site C proposal
  • British Columbia, Nechako River – Kennedy Dam
  • British Columbia, Alouette, Stave, Coquitlam, Ash, and Jordan river facilities
  • Brazil, Parana River – Itaipu Dam
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