Development on this particular site would cause irreparable harm to the unique geology, flora, and fauna that have developed over the past 10,000 years. It will also have adverse impacts on the offshore marine environment.
- The proposed development would require large amounts of fill. Therefore, sediments would run into the marine areas, negatively affecting sensitive eelgrass beds and salt marsh habitats.
- Once established as golf courses, the use of pesticides and the threat of runoff of toxic chemicals (during rainfall events or through the site’s interconnected hydrology) would threaten these same marine areas.
Continue reading “How Golf Courses Would Jeopardize Important Marine Ecosystems”
“For a large development such as golf courses, the construction and subsequent run-off from the land as well as increased nutrient loads all have the potential to negatively impact these ecosystems.” – Marine Biologist Dr. Kristina Boerder
The carbon converter found by Owls Head protects against storms and gives fish and lobster a safe place to grow up
Mira Dietz Chiasson
February 27, 2020
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Dive below the waves somewhere along Nova Scotia’s coastline and you might encounter a thriving ecosystem that is vitally important to our fisheries, our ways of life and our climate: An underwater eelgrass meadow.
See the play of sunlight in the meadow’s swaying underwater forest, fish darting between the blades of grass and discover other creatures feeding and clinging to the vegetation. Eelgrass may resemble a seaweed, but it’s actually a plant, complete with flowers and roots, that spends its life under the waves.
Continue reading “Meet the super-plant from Nova Scotia’s shorelines: eelgrass”
Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier,
Please do not sell public land. NS has very little public land. It should not be sold to or for private interests. The Nova Scotia Nature Trust and the Nature Conservancy of Canada are working hard to purchase and secure ecologically significant lands in NS, with substantial (several millions of dollars of) funding being provided by both private and public individuals and organizations in support of their efforts. They are focusing on connected ecological systems along the eastern shore and elsewhere to complement Provincial conservation efforts. There is strong public support of their efforts, providing solid evidence of public economic and ethical valuation of public and private land conservation in NS.
Continue reading “Letter from Karen Beazley, Dalhousie Institute for Resource and Environmental Studies”
Collaborative research is uncovering the secrets of coastal seagrass beds to help keep them healthy
Sarah Joy Bittick
Published: October 30, 2019
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People Benefit From Seagrass Meadows
All people living on the coasts of Canada have a close relationship with seagrasses, even if it’s not immediately apparent […] Besides their role as habitat for important food fish, seagrass meadows protect our coasts from high-energy waves from the ocean. This protection is especially important during storms; without it, our coastal towns and cities would not exist. Large seagrass meadows also absorb carbon through photosynthesis and store it in their tissues, which can help slow climate change. We certainly owe a lot to these meadows of the sea.
The Honorable Tony Ince
MLA, Cole Harbour-Portland Valley
1081 Cole Harbour Rd Unit 6
Cole Harbour, NSB2V 1E8
February 7, 2020
Dear Minister Ince;
I am writing to you on behalf of the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society to express the organization’s support of the groundswell of Nova Scotians who are seeking a halt to the proposed sale of Owl’s Head Provincial Park Reserve. Continue reading “Letter from the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society”