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Coastal Restoration Fund: Projects in Nova Scotia


Northumberland Strait Saltwater Marsh Restoration

Recipient: Clean Foundation

Project goal: This project will restore tidal wetland in the Northumberland Strait area of Nova Scotia and build community capacity to identify, protect, and restore this habitat. In addition to the direct benefits to the ecosystems where restoration work is completed, this project will develop and/or contribute to existing guidance documents and shareable, open-access data resources to build the capacity of other groups who want to complete similar work.

Time frame: 5 years

Fund allocation: $2,408,947

Partners:

Talking Circle Picture – from Kick-off meeting with Elder at Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq, Millbrook, Nova Scotia, March 2018

Talking Circle Picture – from Kick-off meeting with Elder at Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq, Millbrook, Nova Scotia, March 2018

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada makes a significant Coastal Restoration Fund investment in Nova Scotia and the Arctic through the Oceans Protection Plan


Rehabilitating and Restoring a Unique Landscape

Recipient: Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council

Project goal: This project will address issues of coastal erosion and physical barriers to fish passage in the Chiganois, Debert, Folley, Great Village, and Portapique Watersheds, located within the Cobequid Bay of the inner Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. This project will identify areas of habitat concern and develop a restoration plan focused on addressing fish passage barriers, efficiency of aboiteaux structures, and erosion. Four of the five watersheds within the project scope are identified as critical habitat for the endangered inner Bay of Fundy (IBoF) Atlantic Salmon and contain remaining native IBoF Atlantic Salmon populations. This project will contribute to the Recovery Strategy for this endangered population.

Time frame: 5 years

Fund allocation: $1,259,303

Partners:

Tidal gate structure (aboiteau) at the Chiganois River, Bay of Fundy, outside of Truro, Nova Scotia, March 5, 2018

Tidal gate structure (aboiteau) at the Chiganois River, Bay of Fundy, outside of Truro, Nova Scotia, March 5, 2018

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada makes a significant Coastal Restoration Fund investment in Nova Scotia and the Arctic through the Oceans Protection Plan


Making Room for Wetlands: Implementation of Managed Realignment for Salt Marsh Restoration and Climate Change Adaptation in Nova Scotia

Recipient: St Mary's University

Project goal: This project seeks to restore over 75 ha of tidal wetland (i.e., salt marsh) habitat through the realignment and decommissioning of dyke infrastructure at multiple sites in the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia; while building regional capacity for effective scientific, technical and procedural components of managed realignment and restoration projects that can be applied to future sites throughout the Atlantic region.

Time frame: 5 years

Fund allocation: $1,830,594

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada makes a significant Coastal Restoration Fund investment in Nova Scotia and the Arctic through the Oceans Protection Plan


Strengthening Mi'kmaw Capacity in Coastal and Watershed Assessment and Restoration in the Northumberland Strait and the Bay of Fundy

Recipient: Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq

Project goal: The proposed project will focus on capacity building within Mi'kmaq communities and the assessment and restoration of integral coastal landscapes along the Northumberland Strait and the Bay of Fundy watershed. Through collaboration and information gathering with participating Mi'kmaq communities, non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies, efforts will be focused in areas that are of ecological or cultural significance to Mi'kmaw communities.

Time frame: 4 years

Fund allocation: $1,196,045

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada makes a significant investment in the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq through the Oceans Protection Plan


Healthy rivers promote a healthy coastline: restoring Nova Scotia’s Southern Upland rivers to promote a healthier coastal ecosystem

Recipient: The Nova Scotia Salmon Association

Project goal: We propose an integrated approach to restoring an aquatic ecosystem in coastal Nova Scotia through restoration of water quality and physical habitat restoration in the West River Sheet Harbour (West River) and its estuary. Atlantic Salmon, and salmonids in general, as the focus for this initiative, are the ultimate integrators of freshwater and coastal zones and depend upon each habitat zone to complete their lifecycle. Thus, with a restoration approach that integrates terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats, the project will focus on restoring migratory corridors for fish through stream channel restoration by installing large-scale habitat structures. These structures provide holding habitat for upstream migrating adult salmon and facilitate migration to the highly productive upstream habitats where acidification has been identified as a key threat. We also aim to develop a comprehensive restoration framework that can be applied to other watersheds.

Time frame: 3 years

Fund allocation: $663,649

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada invests in aquatic habitat through the Oceans Protection Plan


St. Mary's River Restoration Project

Recipient: St. Mary’s River Association

Project goal: This project plans to continue Atlantic salmon recovery efforts in the St. Mary’s River by addressing the degradation of water chemistry and fish habitat through proven restoration techniques. Physical habitat degradation will be addressed through the installation of instream structures and riparian zone reforestation. Water chemistry will be improved through the aerial application of lime to a selected trial site within the West Branch St. Mary’s watershed. Monitoring will be conducted throughout the restoration sites to determine the efficacy of these approaches as tools for the recovery of the Southern Uplands Atlantic salmon designated population. The techniques being used in this project have been developed and successfully implemented by the Nova Scotia Salmon Association in co-operation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and various non-government and academic partners as part of the West River Sheet Harbour Acid Rain Mitigation Project.

Time frame: 3 years

Fund allocation: $1,200,000

Partners:

Media Announcement:

Government of Canada invests in aquatic habitat through the Oceans Protection Plan

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