Colchester County council votes to request French River Watershed be protected

French River Watershed

Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) is congratulating Colchester County Council for passing a motion to request that the French River Watershed be designated as a protected water area.

The designation request to the province under the Nova Scotia Environment Act also includes a ban on mining and waste disposal, and prohibit pits or quarries without department approval.

The French River Watershed is the source of drinking water for the village of Tatamagouche.

Last night's vote was the culmination of around two years of work by the Tatamagouche Source Water Protection Committee, which included a series of public consultations in the community.

SuNNS spokesperson Carol Ferguson says in a release, "We fully expect the Minister of Energy and Mines to respect the County’s decision and withdraw plans for any future gold mining exploration in the French River watershed."

She says the group will continue to work to protect the other six related watersheds in the Cobequid Highlands."