Canadian Navigable Waters Act Application

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro hereby give notice that an application has been made to the Minister of Transport, pursuant to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act for approval of the work described herein and its site and plans.

Pursuant to paragraph 7(2) of the said Act, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has deposited with the Minister of Transport, on the on-line Common Project Search Registry (http://cps.canada.ca/) and under the NPP File Numbers 2023-211341, 2023-211340, 2023-211339, 2021-204455, 2021-204458, 2023-211286, 2023-211303 and 2023-211271 a description of the following works, its site and plans:

  • Bridge and culvert installations

In central Labrador, at approximately

  • 53° 23′ 38.4″ N, 64° 8′ 24″ W;
  • 52° 28′ 35.94″ N, 64° 59′ 26.52″ W;
  • 52° 23′ 59.31″ N, 65° 9′ 29.16″ W;
  • 52° 23′ 40.45″ N, 65° 9′ 38.16″ W;
  • 53° 24′ 27″ N, 64° 6′ 39.24″ W
  • 52°26’52.91″N 65° 3’21.15″W;
  • 52°25’47.73″N 65° 5’7.48″W and
  • 52°16’7.43″N 65°24’15.83″W in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Comments regarding the effect of this work on marine navigation can be sent through the Common Project Search site mentioned above under the Comment section (search by the above referenced number) or if you do not have access to the internet, by sending your comments directly to:

Navigation Protection Program – Transport Canada
95 Foundry Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 42
Moncton NB
E1C 8K6

Transport Canada (TC) will not make your comments on a project available to the public on the online public registry. However, any information related to a work is considered as unclassified public record and could be accessible upon legal request. As such, the information and records provided should not contain confidential or sensitive information. If you want to provide confidential or sensitive information that you think should not be made public, please contact TC before submitting it.

However, comments will be considered only if they are in writing (electronic means preferable) and are received not later than 30 days after the publication of the last notice. Although all comments conforming to the above will be considered, no individual response will be sent.

Posted at: nlhydro.com and churchillfalls.ca on May 17, 2024. Leah Fudge, Environment Advisor, NL Hydro

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) has reported an act of vandalism and theft at the Sunnyside Terminal Station in Sunnyside, Newfoundland to the RCMP.

Vandals recently broke into the terminal station by cutting the lock on the gate and stole copper grounding wire connected to energized high voltage electrical equipment.

This type of activity is concerning and very dangerous. It creates serious safety risks not only for the vandals, but for Hydro employees, contractors, and to the general public.

Electrical grounding is important because it drains away unwanted buildup of electrical charge and keeps energy at a constant voltage – reducing the risk of electrical shock.

It also minimizes the susceptibility of equipment to interference; reduces the risk of equipment damage due to lightning; eliminates electrostatic buildup that can damage system components; and helps protect personnel who service and repair electrical equipment.

The danger associated with unauthorized entry and damage to electrical equipment, structures and facilities cannot be understated. Contact with exposed high-voltage equipment can result in serious injury or death.

Hydro personnel are working closely with the RCMP on this matter and people are urged to come forward if they ever witness suspicious activity near our equipment and facilities. In addition, people are reminded to obey all signs and warnings around Hydro facilities and equipment.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that due to high water levels and flows from spring runoff, the company is currently releasing water in the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland that there is no longer the potential to release water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure or at the Granite Overflow Dykes along the Burnt Dam access road into Grey River at this time.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that due to high water levels and flows from spring runoff, the company is continuing to release water in the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake. People are advised to use the area with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that controlled spill is no longer occurring at:

  • Burnt Pond and White Bear River area of Central and Southern Newfoundland through the Burnt Dam Spillway.

Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that due to high water levels and flows from spring runoff, the company is currently releasing water in:

  • the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake.

In addition, Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland that the company may be required to release water at:

  • the Granite Canal Bypass Structure or at the Granite Overflow Dykes along the Burnt Dam access road into Grey River.

Releases at the overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that due to high water levels and flows from spring runoff, the company may be required to release water in the following locations:

  • Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • Burnt Pond and White Bear River area of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway;
  • Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure or at the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River. Releases at the overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.

Please note that releases may begin at any time. People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e. JillPitcher@nlh.nl.ca

The public and snowmobilers in the Labrador Straits are advised of snow clearing activity and equipment use on and around the L’Anse au Diable pond road (berry picking road) located between Capstan Island and L’Anse au Loup.

Snow clearing begins today and is expected to continue for the next week to two weeks.

This work is being conducted to enable crews and equipment to access transmission lines in need of repair.

Please use caution and be aware of limited access and heavy equipment traffic in this area.

Also, be advised that snow clearing on these roads is temporary and will end when transmission line maintenance is complete.

Hydro apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks the public for their patience as crews work to complete the repairs.

Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e. JillPitcher@nlh.nl.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising the public in Southern Labrador to avoid the transmission lines on the St. Paul’s River Road due to heavy ice buildup. Heavy ice can fall from overhead lines and also brings lines lower to the ground than usual – posing a safety risk to anyone below.

The ice buildup also damaged the line resulting in wires and lines on the ground. While not energized, this also poses additional hazards. Hydro crews will be in the area in the coming days to conduct repairs and we thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Remember to use caution and be safe near all power lines and electrical facilities. While transmission line rights-of way may appear to be an ideal trail for outdoor activities and recreational vehicles, it’s best to avoid them given the hazards, such as guy wires, that can often be difficult to spot.

Be safe near transmission lines:

  • Avoid rights-of-way
  • Have 360 degree awareness – Look up, down, left and right to identify potential hazards
  • Be aware of your surroundings and nearby transmission infrastructure
  • Watch for overhead ice and snow that may fall from lines and towers
  • Respect safety signage and restricted areas
  • Be aware of uneven terrain

If you see a downed line, stay back at least 15 metres (49 feet), and call us immediately at 1-888-737-1296.

Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e. JillPitcher@nlh.nl.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the

  • Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland that the company has stopped releasing water the Burnt Dam Spillway. The potential for additional releases remains due to high water levels and flows, and these could begin at any time.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the

  • Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland that due to recent mild weather and rainfall, the company may be required to release water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure or at the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River. Releases at the overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days.

Finally, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the

  • Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland that the Company is continuing to release water at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e. JillPitcher@nlh.nl.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the

  • Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland that due to recent mild weather and rainfall, the company has started releasing water at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the

  • Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland that due to recent mild weather and rainfall, the company may be required to release water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure or at the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River. Releases at the overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days.

Finally, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the

  • Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland that the Company is continuing to release water at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.


Posted: March 26, 2024

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that due to sustained warm weather paired with rainfall, the company may be required to release water at the following locations. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days.

· In the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of central and southern Newfoundland at Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
· In the Granite Canal area accessed from central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure and at the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River. Releases at the overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising those in the Star Lake area of central Newfoundland that the company is continuing to release water at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e. JillPitcher@nlh.nl.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the Granite Canal area accessed from central Newfoundland that the Company is no longer expecting to release water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure at this time.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the Star Lake area of central Newfoundland that the Company is continuing to release water at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e. JillPitcher@nlh.nl.ca

The Churchill Falls Generating Station advises the public of the annual draw down of the Ossokmanuan Reservoir beginning March 14, 2024.

Dangerous ice conditions and open water will result up and downstream of the Gabbro Control Structure and along the narrows at the Ossokmanuan Bridge on the Trans-Labrador Highway. Snowmobilers are advised to use extreme caution along the shorelines as large ice cracks and ice walls may develop.

Safety is our number one priority. The public is advised to always use extreme caution around dykes, dams, and spillways as water levels fluctuate and are always unpredictable.

Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e. JillPitcher@nlh.nl.ca