The West River acid mitigation project

Recipient: Nova Scotia Salmon Association
Approved Amount: $26,000

The West River Acid Mitigation Project has a 12-year track record of mitigating the impacts of acid rain; increasing the annual production of Atlantic salmon smolts between 300-400%. Recently, the project has had a major expansion, including the addition of a second lime doser, the expansion of a catchment (helicopter) program, significant physical habitat restoration, and directed scientific research projects.
An important component of the project is an evaluation of the impact of restoration activities. This information is used to a) confirm and optimize restoration activities, and b) evaluate the impact of restoration which is being used to build a framework for restoring acid-stressed salmon rivers. Two of the most important monitoring activities involve annual springtime estimates of smolt abundance and a newly initiated adult counting facility.
The funding requested in this application are for supporting the smolt estimation program and the adult counting fence.
Contact: Dr. Edmund Halfyard, 902-210-1475,