Original language of petition: English
The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSTIR) is proposing to twin and upgrade the existing Highway 101 in Hants County, Nova Scotia. The project also includes the replacement of the tidal gate (aboiteau) structure located at the outlet to the Avon River.
On January 21, 2020, a Fisheries Act authorization was issued for Phase 1 of the project which involves the placement of fill material near the mouth of the Avon River to prepare for the highway twinning. One hundred seven thousand and three hundred squared metres (107,300m2) of fish habitat will be affected by infilling the Windsor saltmarsh. The project is scheduled to take place over the next three years.
In accordance with the Fisheries Act, NSTIR will offset the residual impact from the infilling by restoring comparable tidal wetland habitat, by breaching agricultural dykes and removing three aboiteaux along Salmon River, near the confluence with the North River, in Onslow in Colchester County.
Phase 2 of the project will include the replacement of the existing aboiteau, which is a complex flood control structure that forms part of the overall dykeland system for the communities of Falmouth and Windsor. Phase 2 will include fish passage structures and also require a Fisheries Act authorization for the construction and operation of the new aboiteau.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has not yet received any formal plans for the proposed replacement aboiteau, but these are expected to be submitted in the spring of 2020. Once an application is received, DFO will conduct a detailed review of the project under the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act. DFO will evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed fish passage structures for any migratory species likely to use the Avon River, including Atlantic Salmon, Gaspereau and American Eel.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||2|
|Prince Edward Island||3|