Using data helps us make decisions to reduce our impact to the environment. It also promotes cost savings.
We do this through:
- Data collection, monitoring and research
- Considering Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge
- Applying models, tools and research to support science-based decisions
Areas We’re Investing In
We use an integrated vegetation management approach (both mechanical and herbicides – where appropriate). This prevents tall trees and shrubs from growing along our power line right-of-way. It also encourages low growing native vegetation.
Trees touching our power lines are a safety hazard. They can start fires and block access to the lines in emergencies.
We’ve worked with utilities across Canada and regulatory agencies to reduce the risks to birds.
Knowledge of bird species and where they nest helps manage our impacts. That’s why we’re a supporter of the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas. The data they’re collecting has been useful in identifying bird habitats.
Fisheries and Aquatic Research
We have hydroelectric power stations across the province. These power stations can impact fish and their habitat.
We study water conditions, changes in flow and what causes fish to die if they pass through the turbines. As well as tracking spawning and habitat areas the fish use.
This is to make sure important areas aren’t affected.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Invasive species like zebra mussels can cause damage to the equipment we use to make power.
They aren’t from Canada but are transported unknowingly on boats and other equipment.
We’re working with provincial agencies to educate the public and help stop the spread.
Climate change can increase the number of floods, droughts and wildfires we have. These events can affect the reliability of power for our customers.
To better understand the impacts, we’re working with the University of Regina. The Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative is conducting the work to check historical climate changes. They’re also looking at what changes to water supply in the North Saskatchewan River might be caused by climate change.
Through partnering and collaboration, we work with:
- Rights holders
- Indigenous communities
- Government and non-government groups