PUBLIC MEETING: Proposed Plans to restore saltmarsh habitat via a culvert to bridge replacement at MacLean Lane in Marshall’s Crossing

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Clean Foundation is hosting a public Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 18th at 5:30pm at the Pictou Landing Fire Department to discuss their proposed plans to restore saltmarsh habitat via a culvert to bridge replacement at MacLean Lane in Marshall’s Crossing.

This event is free and will provide information to residents regarding Clean’s proposed plans to replace the existing double culvert along MacLean Lane with an open-bottom bridge. The town hall style event is also an opportunity for local residents to meet the project team, partners and contractors, ask questions, provide feedback, and demonstrate support for Clean Foundation’s Northumberland Strait Coastal Restoration Project.

On Maclean Lane in Trenton, the current waterway crossing is comprised of two corrugated steel culverts that are in disrepair and are beginning to fail. These culverts are currently undersized and causing restrictions to both tidal and freshwater flow moving in and out of the system. The existing closed-bottom culverts also pose a barrier to fish passage. One of the culverts has collapsed from the weight of the road above it and the Northumberland Strait Coastal Restoration Project team at Clean predicts that the remaining culvert will inevitably give way as well. Failure of both culverts may cause more serious infrastructure issues in the future.

Clean Foundation is proposing the installation of an appropriately sized and placed bridge to improve the overall integrity of the culverts and the road itself. An appropriately sized culvert will help to restore more natural tidal flow to the system, restore tidal wetland habitat, and improve fish passage. The work is expected to take 2-3 weeks in September of 2019.

The team has conducted site assessments and initial baseline monitoring of the MacLean Lane site, and is continuing to conduct pre-restoration and post-restoration monitoring of the site to accurately measure the impacts of the proposed bridge to culvert replacement on the surrounding saltmarsh habitat.
The planned restoration on MacLean Lane is part of Clean’s Foundation’s Northumberland Strait Coastal Restoration Project, which is working to restore saltmarsh habitat along the Northumberland Strait region of mainland Nova Scotia.

The organization has received project funding from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Canada’s (DFO) Coastal Restoration Fund to restore 15 hectares of saltmarsh along the coast of the region over a five-year period. This project will also increase knowledge and capacity of local communities to conserve, monitor, and restore saltmarshes by engaging people of all ages in exciting, volunteer–based restoration activities, hands-on training, and citizen science, as well as making data for the project publicly accessible. To learn more about the Northumberland Strait Coastal Restoration Project, check out our website at www.saltmarshes.ca.

For questions or media enquiries, please contact: Charlynne Robertson – Project Lead via crobertson@clean.ns.ca.