The Avon River Causeway, in Windsor, Nove Scotia, was constructed in 1968 without proper fish passageway, and to this day impedes the migrations of fishes, including 'Species At Risk' the Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon and the American Eel;
Upcoming construction plans by the Nova Scotia, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) call for a new bridge to span the remaining channel through which this river now flows, and where restoration of 'proper' fish passage could most readily be accomplished; and
Considering the precedent for restoring fish passage, one that is well demonstrated and proven on the Petitcodiac River, New Brunswick, we consider the opening of such barriers to free-tidal-flow for fish migrations as the right thing to do.
We, the undersigned, the Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to Save the Endangered Wild Atlantic Salmon of the Avon River, Nova Scotia.
Therefore, prior to any construction of the # 101 Highway Bridge over the Avon River, we ask the Minister of Fisheries to please call for the restoration of 'proper' fish passageway at the Avon River causeway (Windsor, Nova Scotia), which in turn will allow recovery to our Endangered Wild Atlantic Salmon, the COSWIC listed American Eel, other species and their critical habitats.
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