Balancing development and conservation
Jointly organised by
the Chester Working Group of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust
and the Mahone Islands Conservation Association
Saturday, May 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Indian Point Fire Hall
Guest Speaker, Bob Taylor
Geological Survey of Canada Atlantic
Bob Taylor, a geomorphologist with Natural Resources Canada's Atlantic Geoscience Centre kicked off a May 10 seminar on coastal protection co-hosted by Mahone Islands Conservation Association and the Chester Working Group of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust at
the Indian Point firehall.
After getting the skinny on beach formations and how weather and development affects the coastlines and a history of coastal protection in the other Maritime provinces, the attendees broke into groups to brainstorm issues they'd like Nova Scotia to address when it draws up its coastal development framework.
Many common issues included collecting enough data on the state of the coastline, closer co-ordination of the multiple levels of government and departments that regulate coastal issues, more education for developers and contractors who work by the water, and having legislation with teeth.