Proposed Dredge Material Management Site, Little River, Victoria County, NS

The Small Craft Harbours Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada proposes to undertake the development of a dredge material management site intended to be used for long-term storage of sediment derived from maintenance dredging activities conducted at Little River (Victoria County) Small Craft Harbour. Options for reuse of this dredge material will be explored such that a portion of the material may be stored on site temporarily, however, it is anticipated that the majority of the material will be managed on site over the long-term.

Site works will involve the construction of an access road within the proposed property that will facilitate the transportation of dredge material from the harbour to the selected location within the proposed property that will be designed to store the material. Vegetation clearing and site grubbing and grading will take place within the central portion of the property towards the eastern shoreline to prepare an area to receive the dredged material, retaining a treed buffer around the containment area to minimize the view from adjacent properties. Soil at the management site will be reworked to create berms and ditches that will contain the dredge material and control surface water runoff.

Latest update

Notice of Determination

March 17, 2023 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours has issued its Notice of Determination after evaluation of the project Proposed Dredge Material Management Site, Little River, Victoria County, NS and has determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects with mitigation measures as outlined in their evaluation and can therefore proceed.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Little River Summary of Public Comments and Responses PDF (272 KB) March 17, 2023


Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours, Maritimes and Gulf Regions
Chyann Kirby, Environmental Advisor
Gulf Fisheries Centre, 343 University Avenue
Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 9B6
Telephone: 506-866-5164

  • Location

    • The proposed site is located on a parcel of federal land in Birch Plain, Victoria County, NS (PID #85140846). (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH)
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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