Normandeau Associates provides a wide range of environmental consulting services globally, and our staff is well-known through international scientific and regulatory communities for innovative research to design and optimize leading natural resource monitoring and risk assessment techniques in a variety of environments. The following are examples of some of the projects we have worked on globally.
Marsh Lake Fall-Winter Storage Concept
Normandeau Associates staff habitat mapped, established transects, collected hydraulic data, and built a PHABSIM habitat model for assessment of Chinook salmon passage and spawning in the Yukon River at Whitehorse. We compared the historical available spawning habitat with the potential habitat resulting from the implementation of the Marsh Lake Fall-Winter Storage Concept using time-series analysis.
Atlin Concept (Atlin River)
British Columbia, Canada
Normandeau Associates staff habitat mapped, established transects, collected hydraulic data, and built a PHABSIM hydraulic model for potential habitat assessments of the Atlin River. The data collection entailed deployment of the ADCP as well as a survey team in the remote British Columbia location at specific flow levels of the Atlin River.
Bird and Bat Data Preconstruction Risk Assessment
In advance of a proposed wind energy facility, the Normandeau Associates team of bird and bat ecologists conducted several days and nights of point count, mist netting, and acoustic surveys. They returned during the spring 2013 dry season to collect additional data to account for seasonal variations in the presence and abundance data. Because wind energy is a young industry in Latin America, available post construction mortality data are limited. Thus, species-specific, preconstruction bird and bat presence and abundance data are a significant factor in successful wind facility planning.
Adult European Eel (Anguilla Anguilla) Turbine Passage and Survival Study
Normandeau Associates completed a successful adult European eel (Anguilla anguilla) turbine passage and survival study for Electricit de France (EDF). The study was conducted using Normandeau's patent tagging technology the HI-Z Turb'N Tag®. Conducted at the Fessenheim Station on the Rhine River near Mulhouse in Northeast France, over 300 eels were tagged and released at three different locations within the turbine environment. With a high recapture and survival rate, EDF was pleased at the success of the turbine passage results. The studies drew visitors and observers from various French agencies and locals.
Survival Estimation Studies of Hatchery-Reared Juvenile Atlantic Salmon at Cliff and Cathaleen's Fall Generating Stations, County Clare, Ireland
Normandeau Associates conducted turbine passage survival investigations at Cliff and Cathaleen's Fall generating stations located near within County Clare, Ireland, for the Electricity Supply Board of Ireland and Fisheries Conservation. Using the HI-Z Turb'N Tag recapture technique tagged hatchery-reared Atlantic salmon smolts were released at the Cliff and Cathaleen's Fall generating stations. The studies were designed to provide information on fish passage survival within pre-specified precision at both stations, and to increase the understanding of dynamics influencing survival.
Survival Estimation of Hatchery-Reared Juvenile Atlantic Salmon at Ardnacrusha Generating Station, River Shannon, Ireland
Normandeau Associates conducted turbine passage survival investigations at Ardnacrusha generating stations located within County Clare, Ireland, for the Electricity Supply Board of Ireland and Fisheries Conservation. Using the HI-Z Turb'N Tag recapture technique, tagged hatchery-reared juvenile Atlantic salmon were released at the generating station. Studies were designed to provide information on fish passage survival within pre-specified precision at the stations, and to increase the understanding of dynamics influencing survival.
Latin America & Caribbean Region
Post-Construction Bird/Bat Fatality Monitoring Protocol
A team of Normandeau Associates wind-wildlife experts has designed a post-construction bird/bat fatality monitoring protocol tailored specifically for Latin America and the Caribbean-aimed at improving the quality of impact assessments for wind energy projects. The Normandeau Associates team compiled and synthesized existing wind-wildlife technical literature and guidelines to develop the protocol, which can be used by government agencies to create more uniform standards, policies, and guidelines. This region-specific bird/bat fatality monitoring protocol takes into account socioeconomic and environmental variables unique to Latin America and the Caribbean. The protocol was designed to provide wildlife data equivalent or superior to more complex and expensive protocols used elsewhere.
Survival Estimation of Juvenile Rainbow Trout at Tuloma River Plant, Verhnetulomski, Russia
Normandeau Associates performed turbine passage survival investigations at the Tuloma River Plant located in Verhnetulomski, Russia using the HI-Z Turb'N Tag recapture technique. The study included hatchery-reared juvenile Rainbow trout, and was designed to provide information on fish passage survival through a Kaplan turbine under two operations (full load and half load) at the Upper Tuloma Plant.
Demonstration of the Normandeau Associates Patented HI-Z Turb'N Tag Recapture Technique at Kilmorack Station, Perthshire, Scotland
Normandeau Associates conducted HI-Z Turb'N Tag testing at Kilmorack Station for Scottish Hydro-Electric located in Perthshire, Scotland. This was the initial utilization of Normandeau Associates' patented HI-Z Turb'N Tag recapture technique in Europe. Normandeau Associates also conducted a second study for the survival estimation of wild juvenile Atlantic salmon. This study provided information on fish passage survival through a single Kaplan turbine at Lairg Station located in Loch Shin, Scotland.
Survival Estimation of Wild Juvenile Atlantic Salmon at Torr Achilty Power Station, River Conon, Scotland
Normandeau Associates conducted turbine passage survival investigations at Torr Achilty Power Station. Using the HI-Z Turb'N Tag recapture technique, tagged wild juvenile Atlantic salmon were released through a turbine at Torr Achilty Power Station, the last one located on the River Conon. Studies were designed to provide information on fish passage survival within pre-specified precision at the stations, and to increase the understanding of dynamics influencing survival.
Biodiversity Action Plan for a Planned Natural Gas Extraction Project in Lake Dengizkul Region
Lake Dengizkul - a Ramsar Convention's Wetland of International Importance - is located on a migratory route from western Siberia and Kazakhstan to Indo-Pakistani wintering grounds. The lake provides essential habitat for migrating and wintering birds. Normandeau Associates provided independent review of the Biodiversity Action Plan for a planned natural gas extraction project in the Lake Dengizkul region, which is insured by the World Bank Group's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Normandeau Associates evaluated the project's environmental safeguards near to ensure they meet MIGA's standards for biodiversity conservation.