St. Margaret’s Bay residents worry about clear cut plan

Geoff LeBoutillier of the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association spoke with Information Morning’s Jerry West on January 23. Listen to CBC interview

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WRWEO Slide Show

Woodens River Some photos from The Bluff Trail and lakes and riverscapes of the Woodens River. Requires javascript-enabled browser (most are unless you turn it off).
Photos by David P. View slide show

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Tues. Jan 20 Town Hall on Daylighting the Sawmill River

January 20 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Mic Mac AAC, 192 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 1M8

“In the coming years, the extent of land between Sullivan’s Pond and the Halifax Harbour will experience significant changes.
Water infrastructure projects and intersection upgrades are planned for this area in Dartmouth, as well as restoration works on historical canal features. In the midst of these projects, our community has the unique opportunity to bring water and nature back to the heart of the city by daylighting the historic Sawmill River. The purpose of this Public Information Meeting is to allow interested residents to gain an understanding of the future possibilities. The meeting is hosted by Dartmouth – Cole Harbour Member of Parliament Robert Chisholm in collaboration with the Ecology Action Centre and the Sackville Rivers Association. For more information or if you have accessibility accommodation needs, please email Robert.Chisholm.c1@parl.gc.ca or call 902-462-6453.” To learn more about daylighting the Sawmill River, visit: https://www.ecologyaction.ca/SaveSawMillRiver

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ATV use near The Bluff Trail

ATV tracks on The Bluff Trail on the  west side of Pot lake on the first loop, Jan 10, 2015

ATV tracks on The Bluff Trail on the west side of Pot lake on the first loop, Jan 10, 2015

On Jan 10, 2015, one of our members noted some ATV use on The Bluff Trail on the west side of Pot Lake on the first loop. It likely entered via the Highway 103 area. Use of motorized vehicles is prohibited on The Bluff Trail and in the in the larger Five Bridge Lakes Protected Wilderness Area under the Wilderness Protection Act of Nova Scotia.

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Nova Scotia Government Pressured to Adopt Doelle-Lahey Regulatory Framework

More than 400 attended rally at Lord Nelson in support of Doelle Lahey report which would strengthen controls of open net salmon farming. Photo by Matt Miller

More than 400 attended rally at Lord Nelson in support of Doelle Lahey report which would strengthen controls of open net salmon farming. Photo by Matt Miller

“Nearly two years after banding together, 36 member groups of the coalition against open pen finfish aquaculture in Nova Scotia were back today at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax. The groups, which range from ‘Big Lobster’ interests to sport fishing interests, to tiny coastal community networks, braved the abnormally frigid Atlantic temperatures to celebrate the recommendations put forward by the Doelle-Lahey regulatory framework.” See the Halifax Media Coop report

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New Invasive Aquatic Plant in Halifax related to Aquarium dumping

Discovery of Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana) in Frog Pond (Halifax, N.S.) appears to be the first report of this species in Nova Scotia. The source is likely discarded aquarium contents. It may have been in Frog Pond for more than five years. Read more

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Thurs Jan 8 at Noon: Panel on Aquaculture Regulations

WRWEO received a Special Invitation: Please make plans to attend : A Press Conference and Rally in support of the Final Report of the Doelle–Lahey Independent Panel on Aquaculture Regulations. It is a ground breaking Report which calls for major regulatory reform of the aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia from top to bottom . It is good and must be supported and implemented in its totality without delay .
Where : The Lord Nelson Hotel
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Bob Bancroft: Time to clean house at Natural Resources

forestIn the Saturday Chronicle Herald, Bob Bancroft, wildlife biologist, Chair of Nature NS, and co-author of the 2010 report Restoring the Health of Nova Scotia Forests writes that “…protected areas need to be connected by ecologically healthy working forests over about 60 per cent of the province. Quality forests would replace prices like $8.20 per tonne for fibre that now exist….It’s time to think beyond four-year terms with respect to DNR’s mandate for forests and wildlife. Politicians talk about balance, but there is no ecological balance in Nova Scotia’s current forest practices. Effective environmental legislation is long overdue. ” Rick Howe and Bob will be discussing these issues on News 95.7 Monday Dec 15 at 12:30 pm. Listen to archived file – interview starts at approx 25 mins Read more

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EAC: 50% of what goes into landfills is banned materials

“Half the materials being trucked to Nova Scotia landfills could be recycled or composted, a public policy and environmental group revealed Wednesday. The Ecology Action Centre in Halifax is calling on the province to bring in tougher enforcement of its own regulations to ensure banned materials don’t end up at dumps” View Article in Chronicle Herald. Reducing the illegals is a prime example of alternatives to increasing height of the Otter Lake cells!

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Visibility of the Landfill from The Bluff Trail – cited but peripherally

Map showing points where there is a clear view of the landfill now - except C where it is hidden by trees.  (A fire in this fire-prone area would render more visibility.) Click on image for larger version.

Map showing points where there is a clear view of the landfill now – except C where it is hidden by trees. (A fire in this fire-prone area would render more visibility.) Click on image for larger version.

Talking to reporters after the decision of Regional Council yesterday to proceed with increasing the height of cells at the Otter Lake Landfill, Ken Donnely of the Halifax Waste Resource Society (also on Facebook) cites The Bluff Trail:

“There is going to be some testing done to see if they can actually expand the height of the landfill,” he said. “But mostly there will be no changes.” The Otter Lake facility has six garbage cells, five of which are already full and sealed off with clay. Donnelly said one or two of those cells will be opened to evaluate the impact of increasing their heights. “They’re going to see if it can be done without having more odour complaints. If it’s higher, maybe wind currents would take odours out into the community.” Other concerns include rats, litter being blown around, and the view of the landfill from nearby properties as well as places such as the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail.” Source: Chronicle Herald – HRM trash to go to new heights

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