Category Archives: Water Quality

Motion to review policies, better protect HRM wetlands on Regional Council agenda for Aug 31, 2021

A welcome initiative by Councillor Kathryn Morse (District 10: Halifax Bedford Basin West):

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Good News, 10 year synoptic survey of Halifax Area Lakes to continue, sampling on Mar 31, 2021

From HRM: Helicopter to collect water quality samples at municipal lakes Posted: March 26, 2021 – 12:00 pm 52 lakes within the Halifax Regional Municipality will be tested for water quality on Wednesday, March 31 weather pending. These water quality … Continue reading

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On the State of Sandy Lake in early 2021

Since I began conducting observations on “Sandy Lake & Environs” in June 0f 2017, I haveĀ  compiled a variety of observations related to Sandy Lake itself and associated streams and wetlands. The observations included descriptions of wetland communities, some ‘limnological … Continue reading

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Accelerated erosion not helping our treasured lakes 17Jan2021

On a lengthy winter outing in the area of Sandy Lake on a slightly above zero day this past week I noted several sites where sediment is flowing into streams that flow into Sandy Lake or Marsh Lake, or that … Continue reading

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In the Water and on the Drumlin by Bedford Lions Sandy Lake Beach Park

Some reasons to celebrate and some reasons to be concerned about Sandy Lake & Environs Short link for this page: https://cutt.ly/ShAkAGM (www.cutt.ly/ShAkAGM) A presentation by David Patriquin to the Bedford Lions Club on Dec 3, 2020. View Hi-Res Video of … Continue reading

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For the record: On Sep 22, 2020 Council passed progressive by-law that will help protect lake water quality

At a special meeting of Halifax Regional Council on Sep 22, 2020, councillors passed Item No 11.1.4 Grade Alteration By law and Halifax Stormwater Standards for Development Activities. Said Sackville Rivers Association President Walter Regan in a letter to Mayor … Continue reading

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Water quality issue at Sandy Lake Bedford has subsided (Aug 9, 2019)

Whatever it was, “it” has largely subsided. “It” appeared at Sandy Lake Beach quite suddenly on Tuesday a.m. Aug 6, 2019 On Wed a.m., Aug 7, HRM took water samples and put up a No Swimming sign; a Risk Advisory … Continue reading

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Sandy Lake inundated by unpleasant, suspended, reddish, soapy material Aug 6, 2019; and lake level falling quickly

I happened to be at Sandy Lake Beach Park on the morning of Aug 6, 2019, shortly after the beach area was inundated with an unpleasant suspended, reddish, soapy material. It wasn’t there when the lifeguards first arrived. They told … Continue reading

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