Saving Nova Scotia’s Troubled Shorelines

Halifax River north of Ormond Beach
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A new report from the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) is urging decision-makers to act now to protect Nova Scotia’s troubled beaches.

The report, On the Front Lines: Strategies for Healthy Beaches in Nova Scotia, outlines seven bold beach management goals for the province, along with clear recommendations to help reach them.

The EAC report calls for a bold new approach to beach management that considers the whole ecosystem, and recommends immediate actions such as modernizing the Beaches Act, hiring more beach specialists at the Department of Natural Resources, and creating a beach research and advisory network.

“Communities across the province are sounding the alarm about a variety of beach threats including accelerated erosion, unchecked coastal development, habitat degradation, climate change and the loss of public access,” says Ecology Action Centre Coastal Researcher Sadie Beaton. “Despite these concerns, however, Nova Scotia is operating without a blueprint for beach management.”

The EAC report will be launched on March 5, 2009 at a public event called “Our Living Beaches.” Renowned speaker and author Silver Donald Cameron will also share highlights from his award-winning book The Living Beach, along with current thoughts and observations. Held at the Scotiabank Theatre at St Mary’s University, the event will run between 7:30 and 9 pm.

This event is part of Coastal Nova, a series of activities highlighting Nova Scotia’s coasts, organized by the Coastal Coalition of Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University, Ecology Action Centre and Saint Mary’s University. A reception will follow.

For more information about the event, visit www.ecologyaction.ca

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