The Municipality of Colchester has taken a first step to protect the French River watershed from proposed gold exploration. The watershed is the source of drinking water for Tatamagouche, N.S.
Last week, council voted in favour of a motion to start the process of getting the watershed designated as a protected area, which would prohibit mining activity.
“That’s an incredible win for the environment and for the voice of the citizens of northern Nova Scotia,” said John Perkins, a member of Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia, a local group that wants to protect the watershed.
The French River watershed is located along the Northumberland Strait. According to a 2007 French River watershed plan, the river system begins in the Cobequid Mountains and empties into Tatamagouche Bay.
Coun. Michael Gregory, the chairman of the Tatamagouche water utility, voted in favour of protecting the watershed. He said the village is “a vibrant little community” with homes and businesses that rely on good water quality.
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