Generate 2018 will be hosting an environmental workshop titled Staying Current on Monday November 26th. Learn from industry experts, like Grant!
Grant is an Environment Manager who has worked for Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. since 2014. He has over seven years of experience working on heavy civil construction projects primarily in British Columbia and was a part of the construction and commissioning of Innergex’s Big Silver and Tretheway Creek Hydroelectric Projects. In recent years, Grant’s role at Innergex has expanded to include leading the environmental elements of commissioning of Upper Lillooet River and Boulder Creek Hydro Projects (together the largest hydro projects Innergex has developed to date), as well as environmental management of many of Innergex’ s other 20+ hydroelectric operating assets in B.C. and Ontario. Prior to joining Innergex, Grant worked as an Environmental Coordinator on the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 Improvement Project with Kiewit Construction from 2012 to 2014.
Fluvial transport of sediments is a naturally occurring phenomenon observed in rivers and creeks throughout mountainous areas B.C. (much of the province). Sediment transport does not occur evenly throughout the year, rather, peaks tend to occur during high flow events such as spring freshet or fall storm events. Sedimentation can negatively impact hydroelectric facilities depending on how rapid it accumulates and/or enters a hydro facility coupled with the water taken in for electricity generation. It is important to understand the operational challenges that occur with sedimentation as well as different methods to prevent or mitigate the effects of sediment entrainment on the facility. This brief presentation will focus on three specific approaches and illuminate new technologies/strategies used to manage sediment accumulation in run-of-river hydroelectric facility headponds.