Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

Impact of Lake Recovery on Agricultural Ecosystem Services

WRP2016-005

Scope:

  • Investigate lake recovery in Nova Scotia lakes influenced by agriculture to gain an understanding of how lake recovery may influence the ability of lakes to provide the ecosystem service of nutrient cycling of agricultural wastewater and run-off
  • Project focused on four lakes with different anthropogenic impacts in Nova Scotia:
    • Aylesford Lake (Gaspereau River Watershed, Kings Country)
    • Nowlans Lake (Carlton River Watershed, Yarmouth and Digby Counties)
    • Mattatall Lake (Cumberland Country) as important lakes to investigate, and
    • Lake Torment (Kings County)

Benefits:

  • Improve understanding of the impact the natural increase in water pH, organic matter concentration and biodiversity
  • Compile, analyze and generate data that can inform integrated watershed management and the protection of water quality

Outcomes:

  • Concluded that Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs)are on the rise, though the drivers of the increasing frequency and duration of cyanoHABs in NS lakes is difficult to hypothesize
  • Recommendations: Continue to monitor blooms and conduct further research to determine cause

Downloads:

events

  1. Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Conference and Annual Meeting of the Wild Blueberry Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia

    November 14 @ 8:00 am - November 15 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Digby County Federation of Agriculture Annual Meeting

    November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Cumberland County Federation of Agriculture Annual Meeting

    November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Antigonish Guysborough Federation of Agriculture Annual Meeting

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Sheep Producers Association of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting

    November 23 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

contact

7 Atlantic Central Drive
East Mountain, N.S.
B6L 2Z2

Phone – 902-893-2293
Fax – 902-893-7063
E-mailinfo@nsfa-fane.ca