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Select dealings with Nova Scotia Environment (NSE)
Soil & Water Conservation Society of Metro Halifax (SWCSMH)
Updated: March 20, 2014
Overview on our founding and update ...... with salutations to our primary founding partner in 1989,
the Nova Scotia Environment Department; Formal inaugural invitation, December 20, 1989; and Our scientific contributions to the NSE per letter d/April 27 2008 to Hon. Mark Parent PhD
Table of Contents:
Following is only a representative selection of our relevant dealings; see also our individual lake pages in our Narrative on select lakes/rivers:
- Our submissions to the major Acts, Regulations and Policies
- See our dealings prior to 1990; these were prior to the formation of this scientific society (SWCSMH) under the purview of our predecessor group, the Sackville Rivers Advisory Board (SRAB)
- Deputy Minister, Armand Pinard, appoints John Theakston PEng as the contact person to our predecessor group; April 05, 1989
- A complimentary letter we sent under the purview of the Sackville Rivers Advisory Board-SRAB (which was amalgamated with this limnology society during 1990-91) to the Hon. John Leefe; February 01, 1990
- Intensive discussions at a managers' meeting of the Department; February 08, 1991
- Commitment by the Hon. Robbie Harrison; February 21, 1994
- Our select formal scientific presentations to the Department on December 15, 1994; and on March 08, 1995
- Hon. Wayne Adam's response to persistent concerns of severe siltation problems at Six Mile Lake; May 16, 1996
- Record of decisions, December 09, 1996, with the NS Dept. of the Environment
- Lack of understanding of the specialty of Limnology (i.e., freshwater science) by the department as clearly evident from the Hon. Wayne Adams's letter; September 03, 1997
- A discouraging letter from the Hon. Wayne Adams, Minister re Sandy Lake, Hammonds Plains; September 10, 1997
- Lack of acknowledgement and significant errors in the department's 1998 State of the Environment (SOE) Report
- A policy communiqué from Premier John Hamm MD; October 08, 1999
- Select dealings with Darrell Taylor, Water Quality Analyst, pursuant to a policy communique' from Premier John Hamm MD; October 08, 1999
- A confirmation letter from the Hon. Ron Russell; October 25, 1999
- Acknowledgements from Catriona Moir, Manager, ERM Branch, re our select donations; March 07, 2000
- Our third detailed scientific presentation to the Department on June 13, 2000
- An email dated June 25, 2001 from the Hon. David Morse re-emphasizing recent commitments; the Hon. Morse gracefully acknowledges the lack of a limnologist, i.e., a specialist in freshwaters, on the staff of his Department!
- Our overview recommendations on Predictive TP/Cha Modelling and trophic analyses; letter dated May 22, 2002 to David Briggins, Manager, Water and Wastewater Division, Nova Scotia Dept. of Environment and Labour
- The kind visit of Deputy Minister, Ron L'Esperance, to Shalom Mandaville's city apartment to discuss various issues and develop partnerships of mutual interest; July 17, 2003 .... with salutations!
- See an overview letter to the Hon. Mark Parent PhD (Divinity), d/November 30, 2006
- Submission d/January 20, 2014 to the Hon. (Prof.) Randy Delorey, Minister, and Cc'd the Dy. Minister, Elizabeth A. (Liz) Cody; the Rt. Hon. Stephen McNeil, Premier, Nova Scotia; Hon. Diana C. Whalen, Deputy Premier; and Hon. Andrew Younger, Senior Cabinet Minister; and the relevant departments of the NSE
- Submission d/March 14, 2014 to the Hon. (Prof.) Randy Delorey, Minister, and Cc'd the Dy. Minister, Elizabeth A. (Liz) Cody; the Rt. Hon. Stephen McNeil, Premier, Nova Scotia; all MLAs w/in the HRM area (Hon. Diana C. Whalen, Hon. Andrew Younger, Hon. Lena Metlege Diab, Hon. Keith Colwell, Hon. Tony Ince, Hon. Kelly Regan, Hon. Joanne Bernard, Hon. Labi Kousoulis, Hon. Kevin Murphy, Hon. Maureen MacDonald, Hon. Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Hon. Dave Wilson, Mr. Allan Rowe, Mr. Stephen Gough, Mr. Brendan Maguire, Mr. Bill Horne, Ms. Patricia Arab, Mr. Ben Jessome, Mr. Iain Rankin, Mr. Joachim Stroink, Ms. Joyce Treen); and the relevant departments of the NSE
Deputy Minister, Armand Pinard, appoints John Theakston PEng as the liaison to our predecessor group, the Sackville Rivers Advisory Board (SRAB)
The SRAB was subsequently amalgamated with this group (SWCSMH) with the permission of the Halifax County Planning Department:
Intensive discussions at a managers' meeting of the Department; February 08, 1991 at 10.10 AM
The meeting was organized by the Manager of the Central Region, Dianne Coish. Also present were Howard Windsor, Director of Regional Offices; John Turner PEng, Director of Resource Management & Pollution Control; and Andy Cameron, Manager, Water Quality Branch. The meeting was held between us and the department to clarify certain roles.
A February 21, 1994 letter of commitment by the Hon. Robbie Harrison
We donated synoptic studies we carried out especially for the honourable minister easily worth over $50,000 on a prior written request from the Minister!
Read also the 1-page letter we sent the Hon. Mark Parent PhD dated April 27, 2008
A record of decisions dated December 09, 1996 made with the NSEL
Our modelling predictions came to pass, post-development, in a lightening span of 3-4 years
See Sandy Lake, Hammonds Plains as one example; such a trophic degradation ... remarkable accelerated eutrophication during 1996-1999, a process which takes tens of thousands of years, if at all!
Read the discouraging letter dated September 10, 1997 from the Hon. Wayne Adams, Minister.
See our individual lake pages in our Narrative on select lakes/rivers!
Mr. Andy Montgomery's email re the 1998 State of the Nova Scotia Environment report
Russell Lake, Dartmouth: Mr. Montgomery did not cite our international limnology group by name, the Soil & Water Conservation Society of Metro Halifax (SWCSMH), although it was from us that he received donation of extensive archive data as well as analyses on Russell Lake.
Further, he claimed that there were 4 eutrophic and 7 mildly eutrophic lakes within the Halifax/Dartmouth region. The report he based his views on was produced by the BIO-DFO and was only a single synoptic survey. No credible limnologist will ever base his/her conclusions on single sampling.
Our more extensive, not only chemical limnology but also biological limnology, studies show that none of the lakes reported by the BIO-DFO were eutrophic. They were all either oligotrophic or mesotrophic. There are indeed some eutrophic and hypertrophic lakes within the metro Halifax region but they were not sampled by BIO-DFO; we have developed extensive archives on same.
Notwithstanding, it is well known among us limnologists that pelagic trophic parameters do not reflect the true status of, especially, shallow lakes, cf. Shallow Lakes.
Nutrient supply does not always influence phytoplankton productivity in shallow lakes in the manner for large lakes because of the complex competitive interactions of macrophytes, attached microbiota, and phytoplankton (Wetzel, 2001).
We made a third detailed scientific presentation to the Department
....... and follow-up discussions from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM on June 13, 2000. Present were Mr. John Theakston PEng and Mr. Darrell Taylor of the Ecosystem & Risk Management Branch headed by Ms. Kate Moir.
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