|by Lewis Hinks, Director of Nova Scotia Programs |
October has been exciting for salmon conservation and restoration programs in Nova Scotia. On Monday Oct. 3, watershed liming began on the West River, Sheet Harbour system as the first loads of powdered lime were dropped by helicopter onto the watershed. This is a joint project with Federal Government, NSSA, Eastern Shore Wildlife, Nova Scotia Government, Adopt-a-Stream, ACOA, Northern Pulp, Nova Scotia Sportfish Habitat Fund and ASF all as partners.
Edmund Halfyard explains how the watershed liming will help make long term restoration of the watershed possible.
This exciting project is part of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar project, led by Dr. Eddie Halfyard. With the West River doser in operation for the past 10 years, the watershed liming, a second doser planned for this coming winter and extensive habitat restoration, this will result in one of the most ambitious salmon restoration projects in Nova Scotia’s history. The watershed liming project alone is the largest in of its kind in North America.
On Tues. Oct. 4, partners gathered at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park to celebrate the completion of a 3 year major habitat restoration project on the main channel of the lower Cheticamp River.
This major project focused on a reconfiguration of the main channel in the lower part of the main river, narrowing the channel, re-establishing the proper thalweg, or meander pattern, and helping create and enhance several pools.
I cannot overstate how important this project is and how honoured I am to be part of such a dedicated and committed group. The support of Parks Canada, the expertise of the biologists and the determination of the Cheticamp River Salmon Association all came together to see the project completed.
These two important projects help highlight what can be done when everyone decides to do what is right or the salmon and put good science together with great people. It has been a good month!