Tubing on Nova Scotia’s Gaspereau likely over
Water levels expected to drop
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.
People enjoy tubing down the Gaspereau River. Tuesday was expected to be the last day for the activity due to dropping water levels.