There are significant wetlands associated with streams entering Sandy Lake at Inlet 3 on lands to the southwest of Sandy Lake that are approved for development but currently remain mostly undeveloped (area south of Hammonds Plains Road), and proposed for development (area north of Hammonds Plains Road).
Two of the larger wetlands and one smaller one are not listed as wetlands on the PLV map above; likewise, they are absent from maps illustrating the locations of wetlands in the AECOM Report (see AECOM Fig 1 and AECOM Fig 3 on this Maps page. )
I am calling them the “NIA wetlands” which stands for No Information Available. They are identified as distinct polygons on Nova Scotia’s Wetland Inventory (see map above), but without explanation other than “No Information Available”, and they are not listed as wetlands in the key.
I have viewed the NIA2 wetland from a distance, and tromped through NIE1. I have not seen the smaller NIA3. NIA1 and NIA2 are clearly wetlands.
NIA1 is a particularly impressive wetland. View this Photo Album for many photos with Google Map locations and several videos. On Oct 2, 2020, I followed or tried to follow the HP South Brook as it flows into this wetland. Just above Hammonds Plains Road it goes through a floodplain forest. At one point it splits, one branch continuing as a distinct stream towards the north or north east, the other branch heading northwest and splintering as it meanders though the wetland, the water eventually flowing into the Western Brook. It’s very wet – at several places I suddenly sunk up to my waist. So NIA1 stores a lot of water and a lot of water flows through it. In the AECOM Report, Fig 7 (View on Maps Page) the area is identified as an area of maximum groundwater recharge; there is elevated land just to the west of it.
The full extent of the wetland is revealed (or suggested – a proper wetland delineation is required to determine the precise area) in this April 2020 Google Earth Image:
This image (above) underscores the limitations of relying solely on the Nova Scotia Wetland Inventory when desktop studies such as the AECOM Report are conducted. The only recognized wetland in the area is S5, which has been highly degraded, while NIA1 and NIA2 which are clearly significant wetlands, are not cited in the key to wetlands. As well, two stream corridors (the blue arrows), do not show up on the PLV (Provincial Landscape Viewer) and likewise are not identified in the AECOM Report. (Both NAI1 and NAI2 and one of the two blue-arrowed forested riparian areas are, however, identified as lying within the mappings of “Type 1 Constraints” in AECOM Map 7.)