There are and have been a number of local projects on agriculture and water. If you have any questions about the projects, please let us know. For links to additional research being done locally, please visit the Environmental Farm Plan’s Research & Activities page

NSFA Water Projects

The NSFA has partnered on several water related projects. Below is a list of current projects being worked on:

Water Meter Project

The objective of this project is to get a better understanding of water use on NS farms and to help farms that use over 23,000 L/day obtain the necessary water withdrawal permit from NS Environment. A number of water meters have been installed on a wide variety of participating farms. These are monitored for daily use and any farms using over 23,000 L/day will be aided in meeting permit requirements. The intention is to get a better understanding of the water permit requirements and to work with NS Environment to develop a process that works for NS farmers. The anticipated projection completion date is spring 2015. Contact Trevor Davison from the NS EFP Program for more information.


NS Environment – Studies and Research

Well Water Nitrate Monitoring Program

Baseline Water Quality Survey of the Annapolis, Cornwallis and Habitant River Watersheds (2014) (PDF: 5.7mb)

Results of the 2013 Water Quality Survey of Eleven Lakes Located in the Carleton River Watershed Area of Digby and Yarmouth Counties, Nova Scotia (PDF: 2.5mb)

A Water Quality Survey of Ten Lakes in the Carleton River Watershed Area (2012) (PDF: 3mb)

Carleton River Watershed Area Nutrient Sourcing Survey (PDF: 3mb)


Waterstudies: Centre for Water Resources Studies, Dalhousie University 

The Centre for Water Resources Studies was established in 1981 by Dalhousie’s Faculty of Engineering to address water issues facing Atlantic Canada through applied research.  Continuing this tradition, the objective of the centre is to pool the research resources of Dalhousie University to address real challenges faced by the water community and provide a platform for the development and appropriate application of water technology; water quality analysis and advancement; and outreach through knowledge transfer to our stakeholders. To see a list of projects the centre is working on, CLICK HERE…


Canadian Water Network

The Canadian Water Network (CWN) is a highly sought after mobilizer of multidisciplinary water research and knowledge from across Canada. They are driving Canada’s progress on three core water management challenges: protecting public health, protecting watersheds and ecosystems, and ensuring sustainable water infrastructure. CWN’s decade of experience has led to the funding of over 140 research projects and initiatives in the areas of watersheds and resource development, municipal water management, and secure source water.  To access their project library, CLICK HERE…


Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute

MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Institute.


Past Projects

Pereau Watershed Project

Highlights of 2003 Watershed Assessment in the Pereau and Habitat River Watersheds of the Annapolis Valley, N.S.

Thomas Brook project – Nova Scotia

National agricultural watershed study: Improving water quality in the Thomas Brook.

To download an overview of the Thomas Brook Watershed Project please CLICK HERE…

Past Wetland Research

There have been a number of local research projects on agricultural wetlands. For a list of past projects, CLICK HERE


Watershed Groups

There are a number of community-based watershed groups, projects and organizations that perform water quality monitoring, improvement projects and educational services. Below are some groups that are located across NS:

Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) Cape Breton

A non-profit charitable community organization established in 1992. ACAP Cape Breton integrates environmental, social and economic factors into projects focusing on action, ecosystem planning, and education. CLICK HERE to learn more about this project.

The Antigonish Rivers Association

Committed to promoting angling to all members of the community, developing a sustainable fisheries management program, supporting the education of anglers, and encouraging young people to become involved in angling. This organization has done a number of stream bank improvement and stabilization projects. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation, Lunenburg County

The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation (BCAF), was incorporated in 1993 as part of the Federal Green Plan to develop remedial action plans for harbours in Atlantic Canada. BCAF’s goal is to promote the restoration, enhancement, and conservation of local ecosystems through research, education, and action. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Cheticamp River Salmon Association

The Chéticamp River Salmon Association (CRSA) is a small, not-for-profit organization with a track record of community-based stewardship within the Chéticamp River watershed. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP)

A charitable, community-based, non-governmental organization incorporated in 1990 to promote awareness about and foster the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of the marine and freshwater ecosystems of the Annapolis River Watershed. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Cobequid Salmon Association

The Cobequid Salmon Association (CSA) has been active in Colchester County for a number of decades. The group’s goals are to protect, conserve and enhance Atlantic salmon populations, and to maintain the habitat of the salmonid streams that flow into Cobequid Bay. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Cornwallis Headwaters Society

The Cornwallis Headwaters Society is a not-for-profit organization consisting of residents and agricultural producers residing in the Cornwallis River Headwaters. The objective of the Cornwallis Headwaters Society is to be a leader in the promotion, protection, education, and conservation of water and land resources for a sustainable community and watershed. As of January 1, 2014, CHS has become a dormant society.

The Friends of the Pugwash Estuary

The Friends of the Pugwash Estuary (FOPE) is a volunteer association dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the Pugwash River and Pugwash Estuary environment.CLICK HERE to learn more.

The Margaree Salmon Association

The Margaree Salmon Association, established in 1982, is a volunteer, non-profit organization, dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of Atlantic salmon, trout and their habitat.CLICK HERE to learn more.

North Colchester River Restoration Association
The North Colchester River Restoration Association (NCRRA) has been active since 1999. The group is dedicated to improving freshwater salmonid habitat in the watersheds of North Colchester County. The group has been performing restoration work on Waugh’s River and French River since 2000. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Shubenacadie Watershed Environmental Protection Society

A non-profit community-based organization concerned with the quality of life and the environment in the Shubenacadie Watershed. Their main area of focus is the headwaters of the Shubenacadie Watershed, concerned with water quality, habitat protection and trail construction. CLICK HERE to learn more.

The Salmon River Salmon Association (SRSA)

A registered charity operating in South West Nova Scotia. Each year the association undertakes stream habitat restoration projects to enhance salmon populations. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Tusket River Environmental Protection Association (TREPA)

TREPA was founded with the immediate objectives of protecting the Tusket River and surrounding areas from environmental damage due to pollution. CLICK HERE to learn more.




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