March 04, 2005
Mr Garry Fletcher
Garry Fletcher Consulting:
4645 William Head Road
Re: Baseline Study and Monitoring of the tidal current energy project at Race Rocks
Our response to your request for baseline inventory and monitoring services for the Race Rocks tidal current project follows. Our response is slightly unorthodox in that I have taken each of your task requirements and provided comment on a proposed approach and, when possible, some idea of scope, effort and cost. We cannot provide an overall cost estimate for this project until we have further defined the monitoring requirements with yourself and the proponents, in particular the approach and degree of effort required for monitoring noise levels on land and in water. In addition there are partnering opportunities with Pearson College which could reduce costs. However, given the scope provided, I think that the overall project budget will be in the $40,000 to $70,000 range, with about 30-40% of costs attributable to noise monitoring.
We are very interested in working with the Person College-EnCana-Clean Current group on this project, both because of our long term appreciation of Race Rocks as a valued and sensitive marine ecological area, as well as our support for innovative and sustainable energy generation. If you have any questions with respect to this response please contact me early next week.
Brian Emmett, M.Sc.
Director, Marine Environmental Services Division