The St. Mary’s River Association (SMRA) embarked on an ambitious watershed and restoration plan and management initiative in 2008 “Healthy River, Vibrant Communities“. The goal of this initiative was to “restore the ecological integrity of the St. Mary’s watershed to the benefit of the natural environment and the people that live and work within the drainage.” The community views the St. Mary’s river and surrounding environs as their “pot of gold“.
Since 1965, over 2 million dollars have been spent achieving this goal and the river has become a focal point for tourist, historical, recreational, educational, employment and conservation related activities. The St. Mary’s River runs through the proposed Cochrane Hill Gold mine and as currently designed, poses a significant risk and threat to the integrity of the river and the surrounding communities.
The St. Mary’s River Association (SMRA) embarked on an ambitious watershed
restoration and management initiative in the summer of 2008 titled “
”. The goal of this initiative is
to restore the
ecological integrity of
the St. Mary’s River watershed to the benefit of the natural environment and the people
that live and work within the drainage
SMRA has designed this blog to address all aspects of the proposed Cochrane Hill Gold Mine. We envision the following goals for the blog and ask that all comments remain respectful.
- to educate the community on topical information related to the operation of a gold mine in our local community,
- to engage community members in a dialogue that is helpful in making informed choices and having meaningful conversation,
- to foster productive relationships between St. Mary’s District Council, the local community, First Nations, Atlantic Mining NS Corp (the Company) and its representatives and the provincial and federal regulators,
- to empower community members to actively engage with the Company providing suggestions for alternatives to those aspects of the project that have the greatest impact on the environment and social well-being of the community,
- to build trust between SMRA and the community with the benefit being the protection of the environment now and into the future.