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Antigonish Harbour Watershed Association

The AHWA will hold their 2014 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the People’s Place Library (Bistro section) at 7pm. All are welcome to attend. There will be a vote on the following special resolution:

Special Resolution: Surrender of Certificate of Incorporation for the AHWA
1. The Society is hereby authorized to make an application to the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies for the Province of Nova Scotia for the surrender of its Certificate of Incorporation, and fixing a date upon and from which the Society shall be dissolved in in accordance with the provisions of Section 26 of the Societies Act (Nova Scotia);
2. That the Secretary be and is hereby authorized and directed to file a printed copy of this Special Resolution, duly certified by the Secretary, with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies.

Living Shorelines: New Coastal Erosion Management Techniques Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 pm 

There will be a free public presentation on Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm (Vegso Room in the Main Bldg of the Coady International Institute). Come and learn about how our coastlines are changing and see examples of Living Shorelines approaches currently being used to manage erosion on Nova Scotia’s coasts.

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The AHWA is sponsoring a film called “Symphony of the Soil” at the Antigonish International Film Festival (www.antigonishfilmfest.org ) on Saturday, October 19th at 12:45 at the Capital Theatre.

Symphony of the Soil,    2012, 104 min.  USA. Director: Deborah Koons

www.symphonyofthesoil.com

With beautiful cinematography and musical score, and drawing from ancient knowledge as well as cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance, soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource, often misused in our modern practices of farming, forestry, and development. Saturday, October 19th 

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MORE WETLAND REQUIRED TO OFFSET LOSS FROM HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION

The Antigonish Harbour Watershed Association has been advised that Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) will need more wetland than originally expected to offset (compensate for) the damage and loss to wetlands resulting from the construction of the new Highway 104 in Antigonish. There is now a total anticipated compensation requirement of almost 27 hectares. TIR has to date identified about 16 hectares of wetland, where compensation projects are underway.

TIR’s preference is to identify the additional about 11 hectares of wetland in the Antigonish area. In the event that this is not possible, TIR will go elsewhere in the province to meet their legal requirement to implement wetland compensation projects.  TIR is therefore asking for public input on potential wetland compensation lands. For more information:

on wetlands in Nova Scotia, http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/wetland/

on the wetland compensation project at Antigonish Landing, http://www.104antigonish.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/CBCL_Report_Antigonish_Landing.pdf and http://www.104antigonish.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/NSTIRAntigonishWetlandCompensationProposal.pdf

The principle criteria for eligibility of wetlands for compensation are:

1 – Wetlands with historical damage.  Preference given for wetlands of special significance or larger wetlands that will provide exceptional ecological and community benefits following restoration.  Large wetland projects provide an economy of scale and yield much higher ecological value per unit area compared to smaller projects.

2 – Wetland must be restorable with consideration of (a) likely net benefits (ecological services and community/public benefits), (b) land ownership and historic use, (c) landowner agreement for ‘permanent’ alteration and protection, (d) costs for legal-conservation/protection or public land acquisition, (e) restoration design and construction costs, and (f) baseline and post-restoration monitoring costs.

3 – Concept must be acceptable to other NS government regulators and consistent with the federal government Wetland Policy (Canadian Wildlife Service-Environment Canada).

If you are aware of any wetlands that might be eligible as compensation projects within the Antigonish area, please contact Dr. Bob Pett as soon as possible at 902-424-4082 (pettrj@gov.ns.ca<mailto:pettrj@gov.ns.ca>). TIR would look at potential candidate wetlands for their feasibility and develop an appropriate action plan for implementation.

 

Our Goals
The aim of the AHWA is to maintain and enhance the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Antigonish Harbour.  We recognize that in order to achieve that aim we need to encourage good stewardship of the lands within the Antigonish Harbour Watershed (see map) through research, education and example.
Contact Information: AHWA e-mail
AHWA President: Heather Mayhew (e-mail); Susan Ross:
AHWA mailing address: Rm 9B, 2323 Notre Dame Ave, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5.
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The AHWA is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization.  If you want to support the objects of the organization, please join us!
Charitable status: we are currently applying to the Canada Revenue Agency for charitable status.
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