Long-term River Monitoring
In 2008, Alton Natural Gas began a river monitoring program, which turned into eight years of studies, to establish comprehensive ecological knowledge of the Shubenacadie River and the fish habitat.
Researchers from Dalhousie University's Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill spent over 4,000 hours in the river collecting data, resulting in one of the most detailed studies of the river ever conducted. The study focused on the presence, number and type of species present in the Shubenacadie River, how the fish reproduced and associated environmental factors, as well as more general information on the river, including its velocity and flow.
This information was used to develop measures to protect the environment and the integrity of the ecosystem now and in the future. These measures include:
- A gabion wall for water intake during cavern construction. The gabion wall will minimize the chance of fish and small organisms passing through
- An observation well behind the gabion wall for additional monitoring
- Ensuring we have the ability to control and stop brining to mitigate impacting the ecosystem of the Shubenacadie River
- Working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada to develop a detailed monitoring system for the operational phases of the project