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.”

Sharon Mont­gomery-Dupe - Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

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