Canadian Rivers Institute

The Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study (MAES) is a multi-year study assisting NB power in making science-based decisions and management plans related to the refurbishment of the Mactaquac hydro-power generating station (HGS), the largest of several impoundments within the St. John River basin. This multi-disciplinary aquatic ecosystem study has many project themes and components, but a large portion of the project focuses on biomonitoring and determining baseline community data for a variety of organisms including macrophytes, benthic macroinvertebrates, freshwater mussels and fish. Using both surveys and modelling methods, the Canadian Rivers Institute wants to demonstrate the biodiversity of the St. John River system and how these components link to and influence each other. The end goal is to predict how the river ecosystem will respond to management options, such as HGS renovations or removal. Additional information.

This project has been active since 2014.

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