TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Hydro One and the Town of Milton
announced today that they will partner on the environmental restoration
of a 10 hectare portion of the former Jannock Quarry site as part of
Hydro One's Bruce to Milton Biodiversity Initiative.
The Initiative will augment the existing habitat, enabling expansion and
the creation of linkages within the ecosystem, specifically on the brow
of the Escarpment. Over a period of two years, this initiative will
help to re-establish biological diversity and resilience in the system.
Once the entire restoration is complete, 145 hectares of public open
space for community and recreational use will be created at the former
quarry. The Jannock Quarry site, located within the Niagara Escarpment
World Biosphere Reserve, is currently home to over 25 rare species of
plant life and species at risk.
The Town of Milton feels that the implementation of this project at the
former Jannock Quarry location will be a great addition to Milton's
natural areas. In 2011 this initiative will engage over 400 local
volunteers who will work on implementing the first half of a two part
rehabilitation strategy. Restoring the site will include planting
various types of grass and terrestrial vegetation, such as tall shrubs
The Biodiversity Initiative is an innovative mitigation approach
developed as part of the Bruce to Milton Transmission Reinforcement
Project. The initiative promotes the creation and enhancement of
natural habitat in partnership with community-based organizations,
First Nations and Métis, and municipalities. The initiative shifts
Hydro One's focus from its traditional compensation approach of "area
for area" replacement of woodlots when constructing new high-voltage
transmission lines. Hydro One was recognized by the Canadian
Electricity Association (CEA) for this Biodiversity Initiative,
receiving the CEA 2009 Environmental Commitment Award.
"We are very proud of the Biodiversity Initiative and the opportunity it
provides us to enhance the natural habitat and give back to communities
as we modernize the electricity transmission system," said Laura
Formusa, President and CEO, Hydro One Inc. "Partnering with the Town of
Milton means that local values and priorities are reflected throughout
the process, helping to ensure success while making sure Hydro One can
deliver the electricity Ontario needs."
"The Town of Milton's partnership with Hydro One for the Biodiversity
Initiative supports our strategic direction to provide a thriving
natural environment that is a valued community asset to be protected,
maintained and enjoyed," said Gord Krantz, Mayor, Town of Milton.
"Milton's project through the Biodiversity Initiative allows the
community to work together at tree planting events to make Milton a
cleaner and greener place to live, work and play."
This year, seven partners will receive funding from Hydro One to
implement 22 locally-designed Biodiversity Initiatives. These projects
will help restore and enhance approximately 380 hectares of habitat,
and ensure there is net gain of woodlot and wildlife habitat within the
four watersheds crossed by the new transmission line. Approximately 280
hectares of woodlots will be removed to enable construction of the
Bruce to Milton Project.
The Bruce to Milton Project received Ontario Energy Board section 92
Leave to Construct approval on September 15, 2008, and Environmental
Assessment approval on December 16, 2009. This new 180 kilometre
double-circuit 500 kV transmission line from Kincardine to Milton will
transfer more than 3,000 megawatts of clean and renewable power from
the Bruce area to southern Ontario. This project represents the largest
expansion to Ontario's transmission system in 20 years. The new line is
planned to be in-service in December 2012.
For more information on the Biodiversity Projects and partners please
Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario. It owns and operates
Ontario's 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers
electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and
a 123,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3
million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the
province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.