NSERC's HydroNet is a collaborative national fiveyear research program initiated in 2010 involving academic, government, and industry partners. The overarching goal of HydroNet is to improve the understanding of the effects of hydropower operations on aquatic ecosystems, and to provide scientifically defensible and transparent tools to improve the decision-making process associated with hydropower operations. Multiple projects are imbedded under three themes: 1) Ecosystemic analysis of productive capacity of fish habitats (PCFH) in rivers, 2) Mesoscale modelling of the productive capacity of fish habitats in lakes and reservoirs, and 3) Predicting the entrainment risk of fish in hydropower reservoirs relative to power generation operations by combining behavioral ecology and hydraulic engineering. The knowledge generated by HydroNet is essential to balance the competing demands for limited water resources and to ensure that hydropower is sustainable, maintains healthy aquatic ecosystems and a vibrant Canadian economy.

Department of Biology

Smokorowski, K.E. (Karen E.), Bergeron, N. (Normand), Boisclair, D. (Daniel), Clarke, K. (Keith), Cooke, S.J, Cunjak, R. (Rick), … Zhu, D. (David). (2011). NSERC's HydroNet: A National Research Network to Promote Sustainable Hydropower and Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems. Fisheries, 36(10), 480–488. doi:10.1080/03632415.2011.616459