ATCO Electric was developing a new transmission line and substation in northern Alberta. Located approximately 100 km southwest of Grande Prairie, Alberta.

As the regulatory body, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) required our client to complete a transmission line facility application including the completion of an environmental evaluation before work could begin.


Matrix was commissioned to complete an environmental evaluation for a proposed transmission line route and substation site. The environmental evaluation assessed the types and presence of soils, vegetation, wetlands, and wildlife along the proposed powerline right of way.  The field assessments also included amphibian audible surveys and aerial raptor stick nest surveys.

A final report summarized  field observations and became a component of our client’s AUC facility application.

Post filing the application, the AUC issued a number of information requests, which Matrix assisted our client to address.


Matrix knowledge and experience helped our client to obtain a permit and license to build and operate this new transmission line and substation.


Power and electrical utilities


July 2013 – Feb 2019

We routinely lead characterization of stream morphology to:

  • Assess fluvial erosion hazards
  • Develop alternatives for erosion control in environmental assessments
  • Develop management strategies as part of land use planning (subwatershed, secondary, tertiary plans and site plans)
  • Assist in culvert/bridge design
  • Define erosion thresholds to inform stormwater management

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