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Lake Major Watershed Protected Water Area Regulation Engagement

We are looking for feedback from members of the communities in and around this protected water area

In 2021, the Lake Major Watershed Advisory Board (Board) was approached about inconsistencies in the Lake Major Watershed Protected Water Area regulations (regulations) specific to the provincially designated Lake Major Watershed Protected Water Area (PWA).

Having reviewed the regulations, the Board agreed with these concerns and formally recommended that Halifax Water request the province consider amendments to the regulations.

As a result of the Board’s recommendation, Halifax Water met with the Department of Environment and Climate Change in early 2022 to discuss the public consultation process.

With support from the Board and the Province, Halifax Water will host public engagement sessions to help inform and seek input on potential amendments to these regulations.

Background

Halifax Water is responsible for managing the Protected Water Areas that act as primary water supplies for the Halifax Regional Municipality. The utility is directed to enforce the Protected Water Area regulations by the Province of Nova Scotia, which is ultimately responsible for approving any changes or amendments to the PWA regulations.

Through the Lake Major PWA regulations, the Lake Major Watershed Advisory Board (Board), comprised of stakeholders and community representatives, was established to advise the Minister and the Water Works Operator on managing the Lake Major watershed. You can find the Board’s terms of reference here.

Public Engagement Sessions

To support the Province’s request for public input, Halifax Water will be hosting public engagement sessions in the following locations:


Location 

Date

Time


East Preston Recreation Centre

24 Brooks Dr, East Preston


Tuesday, September 20, 2022


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lake Echo Community Rec Centre

3168 A, Nova Scotia Trunk 7, Lake Echo

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

North Preston Community Centre

44 Simmonds Rd, North Preston


Wednesday, September 21, 2022


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


POSTPONED - Black Cultural Centre for NS

10 Cherry Brook Rd, Cherry Brook


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Postponed due to impacts of Hurricane Fiona. Sign up to be notified of the new date/times at

halifawater.ca/LMWPWA-BCCNS

East Preston Recreation Centre

24 Brooks Dr, East Preston

Monday, October 3, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fairbanks Centre

54 Locks Rd, Dartmouth


Wednesday, October 5, 2022


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Woodlawn United Church

54 Woodlawn Rd, Dartmouth


Tuesday, October 11, 2022


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Online Engagement Session

Click here to register.


Wednesday, October 19, 2022


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

The Public Engagement Sessions planned for Wednesday, September 28 have been postponed due to the impacts of Hurricane Fiona.

We are working to schedule replacement sessions at the Black Cultural Center for Nova Scotia (BCCNS). Please sign up here to be notified once the dates & times are confirmed for the replacement sessions.

 

 

These informal walk-in sessions will include a number of information boards, allowing community members to walk through and learn more about the designated Lake Major Watershed Protected Water Area and the current regulations and speak with representatives from Halifax Water and the Province of Nova Scotia if they have any questions. We strongly encourage interested members of the community to attend.

Information Boards

There is no formal presentation - attendees are welcome to drop in at any point during these sessions, to speak with representatives and submit their comments and feedback in writing. 

Inconsistencies with Existing Regulations

Following is a list of watershed-related activities, how these are currently regulated, and the inconsistencies that need to be addressed. We encourage all landowners to review this list carefully.

 

Activity

Existing Protected Water Area (PWA) Regulations 

Inconsistencies with the Lake Major PWA Regulations that need to be addressed

Boating

Boats permitted up to 9.9 hp on all Lake Major PWA watercourses except for Long Lake where boating is not permitted.

Restricting boating on specific lakes creates confusion for the public and creates enforcement issues for Halifax Water.

Fishing

Fishing is permitted within the Lake Major watershed except within 100 m of Lake Major Intake. Fishing is also permitted on Long Lake, however, only from the shoreline.

Restricting fishing on specific areas of some lakes and not others creates confusion for the public and creates enforcement issues for Halifax Water.

Swimming

Swimming is permitted in Lake Major PWA except within 100 m of the intake; and is not permitted in Long Lake.

Restricting swimming on specific areas of some lakes and not others creates confusion for the public and creates enforcement issues for Halifax Water.

ATV/Motocross & Other Off-Road Vehicles

Recreational vehicles are not permitted on, or over, Long Lake or Lake Major.

Omission of off-highway vehicle use on land within the PWA has created confusion for the public and an enforcement gap for Halifax Water.

Pets

Not included in the current PWA Regulations.

Omission of restrictions related to pet activities within the PWA, has created confusion for the public and an enforcement gap for Halifax Water.

Water Withdrawal

Not included in the current PWA Regulations.

Omission of restrictions related to water withdrawal activities within the PWA has created confusion for the public and an enforcement gap for Halifax Water.

Watercourse & Wetland Setbacks/Buffers

Not included in the current PWA Regulations.

Setbacks and buffers controlled by HRM (development) and the province (forestry) are not articulated in the PWA Regulations.

Omission of restrictions related to watercourse setbacks and buffers within the PWA has created confusion for the public and an enforcement gap for Halifax Water.

Docks & Wharfs

Not included in the current PWA Regulations.

Omission of restrictions related to docks and wharfs within the PWA has created confusion for the public and an enforcement gap for Halifax Water.

Boat Launch

Not included in the current PWA Regulations.

Omission of restrictions related to boat launches within the PWA, has created confusion for the public and an enforcement gap for Halifax Water.

 

How to Provide Feedback

We welcome any comments or feedback you have at our public engagement sessions or by responding in writing using the form on this webpage by November 18, 2022.

Once all comments are gathered, recommendations on any amendments to the regulations will be made available to the public via the Halifax Water website. The final submission deadline for these recommendations to the Province of Nova Scotia is late January 2023.

Submit Feedback Online

In accordance with Section 485 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) [PDF], the personal information collected on this form will only be used by Halifax Water staff for purposes relating to the provision of water, wastewater, and/or stormwater services.

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