Preserving habitats and biodiversity
All living things matter.
We have a variety of plants and animals in our shared environment, but habitat and biodiversity are more than that. All living things are vital to the ecosystems in which they live.
Aquatic ecosystems and migratory fish passages
For our facilities with dams in fish migration areas, we have evaluated and installed lifts or ladders, depending on the need, to allow migrating fish to travel upstream. During the 2018 migratory season, our Conowingo Generating Station passed 6,992 American shad via its east ﬁsh lift (EFL). Through 2018, this lift has passed a total of 1,240,181 American shad. We’re also proud to own and operate a major aquaculture facility, Quad Cities Fish Hatchery, in partnership with Southern Illinois University, to enhance stocks of several species.
Terrestrial habitats and wildlife
Our generating stations and rights-of-way traverse thousands of acres of land, which we carefully manage to protect habitats of plant and animal species. As we manage vegetation around transmission lines, we also work to benefit plants and wildlife that require open, low-growing habitats.
Exelon has a longstanding partnership with the Wildlife Habitat Council to restore and enhance wildlife habitats at our facilities and where we have rights-of-way. Exelon has been a member of the council for more than 13 years and maintains 40 WHC sites and 52 National Wildlife Federation certified sites.