Atlantic CLRA are happy to announce that this summer we will be implementing the first of a new annual field trip event.  Each year we will choose an interesting Project which has been completed (or is in the process of being completed), and offer to members and/or past CLRA attendees the opportunity to attend a tour of the site.   

We see this as a valuable method to share successful reclamation/remediation/restoration projects, and provide valuable learning opportunities and industry networking potential. 

This summer’s  tour is being organized by Andy Sharpe of East Coast Aquatics and will be taking place on the floodplain of the Sackville River in Bedford, NS on August 13, 2015. 

The event is free to attend and will be followed by a CLRA board meeting and social gathering at the Fireside Pub in Halifax. 

Please see details below regarding the Project and event details. 

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to myself (Andy Walter) by August 7th. 

The Project

 The floodplain of the Sackville River was mined for construction aggregate for decades, resulting in extensive alterations to the river channel and the riparian wetlands. For the past three years, East Coast Aquatics (ECA), the Sackville River Association, Thalmus Consultants and NSTIR have worked to restore wetland functions and fish habitat. Through a number of physical alterations, ECA has worked to retain water on the landscape for longer, and build organic wetland soils. In-stream works have sought to stabilize the channel alignment and maximize fish habitat.

Tour Details

 Meeting Location: Bollin’s Farm – Drive up paved access road beside #90 Walker Service Road. Parking will be next to the hay storage barn at the top of the hill.

Coordinates for parking area: 20T 445345 4956338 (NAD83)  /  Download a Google Earth (Kmz) file of the location. 

Tour Time:  Meet at 130-145pm, Tour runs 2-4pm

Terrain/Reminders: The tour will consist of a 1.5-2hr circular walk including muddy, wet and rough ground in places.  The walk starts with a descent to the river, and a steep uphill ascent on the return.  Please bring rubber/hiking boots, bug spray, water etc.

Fireside Social/Board Meeting

A CLRA board meeting will take place at the Fireside Restaurant in Halifax at 6pm, followed by a social (630pm) for all interested. 

Please RSVP to Andy Walter by Aug 7th, and we look forward to seeing some of you on August 13th!