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Coastal Restoration and Adaption
Clean Coasts uses nature based approaches, restoration and adaptation techniques to manage degraded sites and work with our dynamic coastlines.
Each site below demonstrates a different coastal impact and requires a matching solution. Through DFO’s Coastal Restoration Fund and the help of our local and international project partners, we are excited to share what we’ve learned and expand the coastal toolkit.
In October of 2019, our team and partners identified a failing culvert in Marshall’s Crossing, Pictou County that needed some help.
The crossing was composed of two corrugated steel culverts that were in disrepair and beginning to fail. The bottom culverts were closed and undersized, causing restrictions to both tidal and freshwater flow as well as barriers to fish passage. One of the culverts had already collapsed from the weight of the road above it; it was inevitable that the remaining culvert would soon give way. The failure of both culverts could have caused more serious infrastructure issues in the near future.
In July 2019, Clean Coasts proposed the installation of an appropriately sized and placed bridge to improve the overall integrity of the system and the road itself.
The recommended bridge was installed in September 2019 to restore a more natural flow to the system, while improving tidal wetland habitat and fish passage.
Watch our video below to learn about tidal barrier restoration:
The project team is working with Pictou Landing First Nation to make restoration plans for an important beach in the community called Sitmu’k (Moodie Cove/Lighthouse Beach area).
Our goal is to involve the community in creating and restoring the salt marsh along the shoreline of the cove. This will create habitat for important plant and animal species while acting to buffer against strong waves, storm surges, and sea level rise.
Stay tuned for more updates regarding the site this year!
Watch our video below to see learn about shoreline enhancement:
The project team has identified a degraded salt marsh in the Brule Point area, near Tatamagouche.
The movement of the tides in this marsh are restricted because of an old dyke blocking tidal flow and holding water on the surface. This dyke is creating unnaturally deep pools that are causing the marsh to drown and the vegetation to die.
Our team plans to restore the natural flow of tides! We will dig strategically placed runnels (shallow channels that allow water that is stuck on the marsh surface to drain in a controlled way) in the marsh to improve tidal flow and allow for vegetation to regrow.
Watch our video below to learn about runnel restoration: