Tub­ing on Nova Sco­tia’s Gaspereau likely over

Water lev­els ex­pected to drop

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Plenty of tu­bers were float­ing down Nova Sco­tia’s Gaspereau River on Mon­day as the water lev­els are due to drop.

“We ex­pect to­mor­row will be the last day that we can keep the flow at cur­rent lev­els along the Gaspereau River,” said Nova Sco­tia Power (NSP) com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­vi­sor Tif­fany Chase.

“By to­mor­row we ex­pect to reach the point in the sum­mer sea­son where we need to re­duce flow to main­tain water lev­els on Black River Lake,” Chase in­di­cated, “per our en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mits.”

“These re­quire­ments help main­tain a healthy fish habi­tat and al­low other recre­ational uses.”

Tu­bers were out in full force this past week­end. RCMP had one park­ing com­plaint, but ve­hi­cles were parked on both sides of the road near the bridge.

Const. Kelli Gaudet said py­lons have been set up near at dan­ger­ous spots and tick­ets can be is­sued un­der Sec­tion 138 of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act.

The highly pop­u­lar form of sum­mer re­cre­ation is not nec­es­sar­ily over for the sea­son af­ter Wed­nes­day’s ex­pected re­duc­tion in water lev­els.

“Typ­i­cally we are able to in­crease flows on the Gaspereau River again by late Au­gust,” Chase sug­gested.

NSP has been op­er­at­ing with high water lev­els for an ex­tra month at White Rock this year. Usu­ally the cut off is about mid-June.

How much water NSP can flow down the Black River sys­tem, which feeds Gaspereau River, is reg­u­lated by the com­pany’s en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mits. Those rules are in place to pro­tect fish and fish habi­tats.

HANTS JOUR­NAL PHOTO

Peo­ple en­joy tub­ing down the Gaspereau River. Tues­day was ex­pected to be the last day for the ac­tiv­ity due to drop­ping water lev­els.

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