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Long-term river monitoring
Research on the tidal Shubenacadie River estuary helps inform the Alton project’s design, construction and operations. Long-term river monitoring by researchers at Dalhousie University has been taking place for more than 10 years and has gathered data on seasonal variation in river flows, salinity, and fish. The ongoing monitoring is the most extensive research ever conducted on the Shubenacadie.
Research by Dalhousie University has been peer-reviewed and published.
Links & Documents
Early life history of Striped bass in the Shubenacadie in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
American Fisheries Society
Effects of brine on early life stages of Striped bass in Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
- Alton and the Environment - Baseline Monitoring and Research on the Tidal Shubenacadie
- Alton Natural Gas Storage Estuarial Environmental Monitoring & Toxicity Testing - Dec 9 2015
- Spatial and Temporal Aquatic Species Monitoring - Dec 9 2015
More research & study information is available in the following videos:
River monitoring plan
The requirements of our monitoring program with the Nova Scotia Environment, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will ensure that brine will not impact the ecosystem of the Shubenacadie.
Mi’kmaq Studies & Reviews
Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Study
As part of our work to research the Shubenacadie River estuary and surrounding areas, a Mi'kmaq Ecological Study was conducted for Alton. A 2012 update to the study built on the original findings from 2007.
Mi’kmaq-led Independent Science Review
Alton participated in a third-party review of the Alton project. The review focused on assessing potential impacts of the Alton project on fish and fish habitat of the Shubenacadie Estuary.
Environment and Climate Change Canada indicates that a federal regulation under the Fisheries Act is being developed to regulate brine release at the Alton project into the tidal Shubenacadie River estuary.