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Russell Lake West Wetland Alteration

Description

On September 21, 2005, Clayton Developments Ltd. submitted an Environmental Assessment Registration Document for the proposed Russell Lake West wetland alteration in Dartmouth, NS. On November 28, 2005 they submitted an Addendum including information regarding Stormwater Management Plans, Erosion and Sedimentation Plans and the Archaeological Assessment.

The undertaking, which involved the disruption/infilling of the wetland in the Eisner Cove watershed triggered the provincial EA process. There is a development project in the adjacent Russell Lake watershed which is not part of the review.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to construct a berm across a wetland situated southeast of Highway 111 and north of Waynewood Drive and Brompton Road. A municipal trunk sewer and water main will be installed within the berm. Clayton is proposing to infill the northwest portion of the wetland and install an adjacent stormwater retention facility for stormwater control. The proposed undertaking will commence in early 2006.

Under the Environmental Assessment Regulations, an enterprise, activity, project, structure or work which disrupts a total of 2 hectares or more of any wetland, is defined as a Class I undertaking.

Minister's Decision

On October 17, 2005 the Minister of Environment and Labour released a decisionPDF Download Link (PDF:331k) on this review. The Minister decided that the registration information was insufficient to allow him to make a decision and that additional information was required in accordance with Section 13 (1)(a) of the Environmental Assessment Regulations.

On December 16, 2005 the Minister of Environment and Labour released a final decisionPDF Download Link (PDF:68k) on the Addendum reviewPDF Download Link (PDF:389k). The Minister has decided to approve the undertaking in accordance with Section 13(1)b of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act.

The undertaking has been approved subject to a number of conditionsPDF Download Link (PDF:41k).

The proponent is required to obtain all other necessary approvals, permits or authorizations before commencing work on the undertaking.

Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments regarding this project were accepted from September 21, 2005 to October 5, 2005.

Public comments regarding the project addendum were accepted from November 28, 2005 to December 8, 2005. Comments submitted on the Registration Document and addendum are available at the Nova Scotia Environment Library.

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