Meetings to focus on climate change, erosion
solutions to people building along the coast and sewer lines — what precautions they have to take.”
Eleanor Anderson, ACAP Cape Breton executive director, said it was decided to focus on the rise of sea level and coastal erosion in Glace Bay, as those problems are easily seen.
“ The goal is to develop a rural workbook and that’ll provide different approaches to planning for communities across Canada.”
Anderson said there is no funding for protecting cliffs from further erosion, but maybe policies can be beefed up as far as the distance of building from certain areas. They want to get homeowners’ viewpoints first,” she said.
“(Glace Bay) is the focus right now. We’ll start with one area and apply the model and the lessons learned in the other areas.”
District 2 Coun. Kevin Saccary said erosion is a problem in Port Morien especially along Peach Street behind the breakwater by the Port Morien wharf.
“ There are houses along the shoreline where people are concerned their homes will be in water within the next 10 to 15 years.”
Saccary said the shoreline at the sandbar is almost touching the highway now.
“It wasn’t five years ago where the shoreline was a good 70-80 feet away, now it is not quite 20 feet away.”
Saccary said the Port Morien Development Association has a request in to the Department of Natural Resources to do something to protect the sandbar.
“It’s a hidden treasure, probably one of the nicest swimming areas around the island.’
District 5 Coun. Darren Bruckschwaiger said erosion is a major concern for him, especially with the issues at Dominion Beach.
“It’s a concern wherever there is a cliff. It is a worldwide problem anywhere there are shorelines.”
Bruckschwaiger said he is looking forward to the meeting.
“I think we are really going to see what is coming at us with the climate change. A lot of people enjoy the fact of what they have seen this winter with the weather, but this pattern isn’t a good thing.
“ We need our four seasons. We use to have a lot more ice along the coastlines in the winter and that was our natural barrier, protection for our shorelines. We don’t have that anymore. We see ice for a week or two, then it is gone again.”
Public meetings are being held at Glace Bay High School Tuesday and Wednesday on climate change. The erosion of cliffs, such as seen here along North Street in Glace Bay, will be among the topics discussed.