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Hydroelectric Project at Locks 22 and 23, Trent Severn Waterway


Trent Rapids Power Corporation (737 Merton St., Toronto, Ontario, M4S 1B4), a joint venture of Peterborough Utilities Inc. (1867 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough K9J 6Z5) and Shaman Power Corporation (737 Merton Street, Toronto, Ontario M4S 1B4), hereby gives notice that on July 7, 2005 an application was filed with the Director of Waterpower, Parks Canada Agency, under the Dominion Water Power Act (DWPA) for a Priority Permit to develop a small hydroelectric generating facility on the Otonabee River at Peterborough, Ontario. The site of the proposed facility is the west bank of the Otonabee River adjacent to Locks 22 and 23 on private lands and lands leased from Trent University and the Federal Crown.

The project involves constructing an intake with control gate structure immediately upstream of the existing dam at Lock 23, a canal on the west bank of the Otonabee River leading to a powerhouse and dam structure, and an outlet channel downstream of the dam at Lock 22. Using the Otonabee River as a water source, flows of water regulated by the Trent Severn Waterway would be bypassed around the existing dams at Locks 22 and 23 and returned to the River below the Lock 22 dam, to generate approximately 6 megawatts of electricity. The project is designed to operate on a run-of-the-river principle that does not require storage of water or water level manipulation. Electricity generated would be used locally and/or for general use in Ontario.

An environmental screening for the project will be conducted in accordance with provisions of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment's "Guideline to Environmental Assessment Requirements for Electricity Projects" (2001).

The intent of this notice is:

  • To determine, on behalf of the Minister of Environment, Government of Canada, the level of public interest or objection to the project in consideration of issuance of a Priority Permit under the DWPA. A Priority Permit provides permission for project-related studies and does not constitute permission for construction.
  • To provide the first of two mandatory public notices pursuant to Ministry of Environment Guidelines, and,
  • To request public input on the project.

In the event of protest or objection the Minister may determine that a hearing may take place. Interested parties will have further opportunities to obtain information and provide comment during the permitting process that will be conducted under the Dominion Water Power Act regulations and other legislation subsequent to the issuance of a Priority Permit.

Under the Dominion Water Power Act, interested parties are encouraged to provide comments or objections in writing within thirty (30) days of this notice to: Director of Waterpower, Parks Canada Agency, P.O. Box 567, 2155 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 6Z6

Under the Ontario Environmental Screening process, comments and objections will be accepted at any time during the environmental screening process and should be submitted to Director of Waterpower, Parks Canada Agency, at the above address. Comments and objections will be considered only if they are in writing.

A public Open House will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, from 5.00 PM to 9.00 pm at the offices of Peterborough Utilities Services Inc., 1867 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, to convey project information to interested members of the public. The public is cordially invited.

This notice issued December 20, 2005.


Posted January 11, 2006















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