We reinforce the Environmental Policy by investing in innovative programs that have a direct impact on local stakeholders and the communities in which we operate.
Algoma District Wood Turtle Project
In 2006, Hydro One Sault Ste. Marie implemented a joint project to determine wood turtle critical and suitable habitats in the District of Algoma, including areas that are associated with our transmission lines. In partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the University of Guelph and the Community Involvement Fish & Wildlife Program (CFWIP) information was gathered to be used in managing this highly diverse multi-use area so that the wood turtle population will be protected and sustainable. The project will also aim to gather additional data to better understand the wood turtle behaviours and the potential impact and mitigations to be implemented to favour its survival.
Corridors for Life Project
Hydro One Sault Ste. Marie, in partnership with a host of First Nations, environmental and academic stakeholder groups, initiated the Corridors for Life project which is designed to help protect and restore habitat and fish and wildlife under Hydro One SSM transmission lines..
Algoma Highlands Conservancy
The Algoma Highlands Conservancy occupies a large portion of Hydro One SSM's ROW north of Sault Ste. Marie in the Goulais River area. The area is available to the public for "silent sport" recreation, and serves as a base for much environmental research. Hydro One SSM has engaged the Algoma Highlands Conservancy, as part of the greater Corridors for Life project, to perform environmental research on our ROW's with a specific focus on assessing fauna impact as a result of our work activities. One of the recent studies was a self-imposed assessment of Hydro One SSM's approach to managing Osprey and their nests on our ROW's.