The historic Avon (Pisiguit) River in Nova Scotia needs your help. Considered one of Canada’s most threatened river ecosystem, its days could be numbered if the Province of Nova Scotia pursues its plans this fall to permanently seal its fate with the construction of a new causeway-dam. A generous donor has just pledged $2500 if we can match this amount by September 20th. All moneys collected will be directed to the Avon River Legal Fund. Please do what you can to support the indigenous Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and the many Friends of the Avon River in their quest to save and restore this once thriving ecosystem.
Situated near the town of Windsor-West Hans in Nova, the Windsor causeway has been blocking the Avon (Pisiguit) River since the early 1970’s, destroying what was once a thriving river ecosystem. The Province of Nova Scotia is now proposing to permanently seal the fate of this historic waterway by building a second more extensive causeway structure downstream and near the mouth of this mighty tidal river.
In the mid 1980s when the regional Atlantic salmon population was healthy, close to 40,000 adult salmon returned to spawn in the many rivers of the upper Bay of Fundy. That number declined to about 200 in 2008, according to federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans reports. The Avon River tributaries include the St. Croix, the Kennetcook, the Halfway and the Cogmagun Rivers, all formerly salmon producing rivers that are also being stressed by the Windsor causeway structures.
For the past two decades, environmental groups in Nova Scotia such as the Friends of the Avon River have fought to restore this once thriving river ecosystem. The indigenous Mi’kmaq Peoples of Nova Scotia have also never relinquished their rights to fish and sustain their livelihood from the bounties of nature and the Avon River. As we enter the final stage of this epic environmental battle, their request that the river be returned to natural flow as part of the Highway 101 Twinning Project is being ignored by the Government of Nova Scotia.
The Sentinelle de la côte acadienne (Acadian Coast Keeper, a division of the Atlantic Canada-based Nation Prospère charity) was invited to assist with this impasse in December 2019 and is lending a hand. Please join us in ensuring that the Avon River is saved and restored for the benefit of the Mi’kmaq Peoples and for all Canadians who value rivers and the dignity of our environment. A generous donor has pledged $2500 if we can match this amount by September 20th. All moneys collected will be directed to an Avon River Legal Defense Fund.