Sand Pond National Wildlife Area, Nova Scotia - Proposed Habitat Enhancement Project

Ducks Unlimited Canada is proposing to undertake a habitat enhancement project located at the Sand Pond National Wildlife Area.

The scope of this project includes removal of a de-commissioned water control structure and concrete fish ladder in order to remove the infrastructure liability while improving fish passage upstream of this partial barrier. The project will not detract from the intended purposes of the structure while greatly enhancing fish passage into the upstream lakes and watercourses. 

The proposed project will be initiated during fall / winter of 2020  and continue later in 20201 during a period when disturbance to migratory birds and other wildlife will be minimal.

The structure will be isolated from the water and maintenance flow provided by a bypass channel.  All structure material and earth berm will be removed off site.  All necessary measures to address potential siltation will be employed, including use of silt fences. All exposed surfaces will be covered with hay mulch at the completion of construction. Access to the project site will be facilitated via an existing maintenance access road. Minimal removal of vegetation along this access road will occur, to provide safe access for construction equipment.


Latest update

December 04, 2020 - The assessment decision statement has been issued to the proponent.


Key documents


Environment and Climate Change Canada
Andrew Kennedy, Protected Areas Coordinator
17 Waterfowl Lane
Sackville, New Brunswick E4L 1G6
Telephone: 506-364-5077
Fax: 506-364-5062

  • Location

    • Sand Pond National Wildlife Area (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Authorities

    • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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