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Link to our restoration map

ECA Restoration Map.pdf 7.9MB

Gulf of Maine Council 2018 Visionary Award

The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, created in 1989 by the governments of Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire and Nova Scotia, works to foster environmental health and community well-being throughout the Gulf watershed. The mission of the Gulf of Maine Council is to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations. The Visionary Award recognizes innovation, creativity, and commitment to marine protection by businesses, environmental organizations, or individuals who are making a difference to the health of the Gulf of Maine.

"Mike Parker and Andy Sharpe of East Coast Aquatics have been an integral part of the restoration of Big Meadow Bog, on Brier Island, Nova Scotia. This 60-hectare peatland is one of the last remaining places on earth where the Eastern Mountain Avens continues to sustain itself despite poor condition of the bog complex. Mike and Andy helped design and carry out the engineering for this innovative restoration plan to return historic water level dynamics to the bog complex for the Eastern Mountain Avens Recovery Team. This was a long and complicated process that involved installing 100s of ditch-blocks to raise groundwater levels, re-profiling 3,700 meters of steep ditch edges to return some of the historic microtopography across the site and reestablishing more than 6,400 square meters of pond habitat in places the community used for hunting and gathering in the past. Despite all the complexities and difficult working conditions associated with the project, Mike and Andy never wavered in their commitment to achieving the goals of the plan and always maintained a “can-do” attitude. The restoration completed by East Coast Aquatics will lead to raising of the water table and reestablishing water level dynamics that are similar to what were present at the site pre-1958 when it was ditched for agriculture and the decline of the health of the bog complex began. Thanks to East Coast Aquatics’ efforts, the project partners expect to achieve their vision of restoring the Big Meadow Bog wetland ecosystem, leading to the recovery of sustainable populations of Eastern Mountain Avens and associated historic and rare plant communities."

-Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment 2018 Visionary Award Ceremony

[Photo: left to right- Mike Parker (ECA), Norma MacIsaac (Senior Director at NS Department of Intergovernmental Affairs), and Andy Sharpe (ECA) receiving ECA's GOMC Award]

ECA Case Studies

Interested in knowing more about what we do? See our case studies below!

For more ECA projects and reports click on the following links

2016 Antigonish Landing Year 1 Post-Enhancement Monitoring Report 7.3MB
2016 Highway 104 - Antigonish Wetland 21 (south River) Year 5 Monitoring Report.pdf 8.3MB
2015 Highway 125 - Sydney Wetland 5 (Year 3) Monitoring Report 1.7MB
2013 Aquatic Surveys of NCC Properties, Digby County, Nova Scotia 11.6MB
2012 Tidal Culvert Removal and Habitat Restoration Black Brook, Hantsport Nova Scotia 387.9KB
2011 Gulf of Maine Ecosystem Overview Report 4.6MB
2010 Ecosystem Status and Trends Report for the Gulf of Maine and Scotian Shelf 2.0MB
2008 The Southwest New Brunswick Marine Resources Planning Area: A Short Overview 473.7KB
2007 Ecosystem Overview Report for the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia 17.5MB
2007 Ecosystem Overview and Assessment Report for the Bras d'Or Lakes, Nova Scotia 8.5MB
2006 A Descriptive Habitat Study of Low Impacted Streams of the Bay of Fundy 3.5MB
2003 Ecological Inventory of the Melanson Property.pdf 1015.4KB
2002 Salmon River Aquatic Resource Integrated Management Report 8.3MB
2001 River Denys Integrated Management Report 777.9KB
2000 Fish Passage - Culvert Inspection Procedures 2.3MB