We’ve attempted to gather fact sheets, guidebooks, and other materials on environmental and water-related agricultural topics. If we’ve missed something that you’d like to see, let us know! For additional fact sheets on agricultural practices, please visit the EFP Fact sheet Page.
Nova Scotia Environment Resources
NS Environment – Water Portal
This one-stop shop provides information about various aspects of water and water management around the province. It includes information about legislation & policy, water data, maps, reports and general information about wells, watercourses, wetlands and more! Click here to visit the Water Portal.
Water For Life – Nova Scotia Government Water Strategy
From January 31 to June 1, 2008, Nova Scotians were invited to comment on the best ways to protect, preserve, and use the province’s water resources. Comments have been gathered and compiled into a document called “What we heard: a public feedback report” Click Here to read now.
In 2010, Nova Scotia released Water for Life: Nova Scotia’s Water Resource Management Strategy. This document provides a road map for water management in Nova Scotia over the next 10 years and beyond. Click Here to learn more about the province’s water strategy.
NS Environment regulates a number of activities related to agriculture and water. These include (but are not limited to):
Watercourse alterations refer to activities that alter the bed or bank of a fresh water body, such as installing a crossing. Effective October 1, 2014, the submission requirements for some watercourse alterations will change from applications for approval to notifications. This page outlines the changes in the approval process, provides the applicable forms and has links to guidance materials.
Under the Environment Act, the Activities Designation Regulations (Division I) require a water withdrawal approval (“Water Approval”) if a surface or groundwater withdrawal exceeds 23,000 litres per day. In order to obtain a withdrawal approval, a completed application form and supporting documentation must be submitted to NSE. This page outlines when a permit is required and has links to applications and user guides.
The Environment Act requires an approval for certain activities that impact wetlands. These activities are referred to as “alterations”. This page outlines the importance of protecting wetlands and the approval process and provides link to additional resources and fact sheets.
Surface Water and Reservoirs
- Atlantic Farm Water Reservoir/Réservoirs agricoles de la région de l’Atlantique. Please click here for French or English
- BMPs for Riparian Zones in Atlantic Canada (pdf)
- Stream Bank Protection Final Report (pdf)
- Farm Ponds
- Beaverdam Removal Code of Practice (DNR)
Groundwater and Wells
- Nova Scotia Department of Environment – Section on Groundwater
- Before You Construct a Water Well – Facts a Homeowner should know:
- A Guide for Private Well Owners
- Guide pour les propriétaires d’un puits privé
http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/docs/wellwaterbookletfrench.pdf (en francais)
- Disinfection of Water Wells by Chlorination (pdf)
- Lab Tests for Water Quality (pdf)
- Well Water Quality Concerns (pdf)
- Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines
- Disinfection of Water Wells by Chlorination (pdf)
- NSDA Analytical Lab Information (water samples)
- NS Environment’s “Drop on Water” fact sheets
- Information on Naturally Occurring Water Contaminants (i.e. Arsenic, Uranium, Radon)
- Rural Water Quality Information Tool (RWQIT): Provides an online tool to help you assess the quality and suitability of raw water sources for privately owned and operated water supplies.
- NS Environment’s fact sheets on wetlands
- NS Environment – Link to Additional Resources
- So You Need to Alter a Wetland – Steps to take when submitting an application
- Ducks Unlimited – Learn About Wetlands
- Manure Management Guidelines (pdf)
- Negative Air Pressure Covers (NAP) for Earthen Swine Manure Storage
- On-Farm Livestock Mortality Management (pdf)
- On-Farm Manure Management Through Composting (pdf)
- Understanding Mechanical Solid-Liquid Manure Separation (pdf)
- On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion For Swine Operations (pdf)
- Ammonia Management From Manure Storage/ Spreading (pdf)
- On-Farm Composting of Mink Manure (pdf)
- Vegetated Infiltration Areas for the Management of Milkhouse Wastewater
- Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment of Agricultural Wastewater in Atlantic Canada (pdf)
Nova Scotia Environment – Website on Water and Wastewater
- What you should know about Irrigation Water Quality Safety (pdf)
- Soil Moisture Conservation (pdf)
- Fundamental Aspects of Soil-Water-Plant Relationships (pdf)
- Irrigation Water Management for Farmers (pdf)
- Irrigation Systems Types and Typical Applications (pdf)
- Trickle Irrigation: How long do I trickle? (pdf)
- Soil Moisture Monitoring (ATTRA) (pdf)
Atlantic Turfgrass Research Foundation (ATRF)
- Irrigation Efficiency for Turfgrass Systems (pdf)
- Best Management Practices for Turfgrass Irrigation Systems (pdf)
- Using the Hand Feel Method to Determine Turfgrass Irrigation Needs (pdf)
- Water Quality Monitoring for Turfgrass Systems (pdf)
Environment Canada – Teachers Corner!
This site provides online educational information and publications for all levels of education. Click here to visit.
Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Extension Bulletins and Factsheets on farming, environment, and water management.
Through Ohioline, you have access to the hundreds of factsheets, bulletins and other educational materials covering a wide array of subjects — such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H and youth. Click here to visit.