Halifax environmentalists call for rules to mitigate coastal erosion impacts

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HALIFAX - Three little Nova Scotian pigs are fearful that harsh weather will huff, puff, and blow away their coastal homes – and they’re calling on the government to protect them with new regulations.

The Ecology Action Centre staged a play on Wednesday highlighting the damage storms and erosion can do to coastal homes.

One little pig built her house on the beach, but a big bad hurricane came and blew her house down.

“We get calls every week from property owners concerned about the rate of erosion on coastal properties,” said EAC coastal coordinator Jenn Graham.

A second little pig built her house with a retaining wall, but water from the sea seeped through it and flooded her basement. The last pig built her house far from the ocean on solid ground, and hers stood strong.

Currently, there are no province-wide regulations dictating where or what a person can build on a coastal property. Building homes that are exposed to harsh elements can be expensive to homeowners and taxpayers.

“It causes damages at all levels: individual, provincial and municipal,” said Graham.

She said that on top of the costs an individual must pay to repair their home, local government has to repair damaged infrastructure, like roads and electricity.

The EAC calls for regulations to limit new construction on coastal property.

“We would like to see something that identifies the different parts of the coast and talks about the rate of erosion, the risk of floods, and we’d like to see specific properties certified,” said Graham.

     
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  • Ray McLennan
    August 01, 2013 - 06:26

    I have a tough time with this group calling themselves environmentalist, and calling for the stopping of beach erosion, and People property in the same sentence. Beach and Coastal erosion is a natural process of mother Nature plain and simple, it has occurred for billions of years and will continue long after we are extinct! Sorry the erosion to worry about that is not natural is rivers and stream where banks have been push or crush by cattle and atvs causing soil erosion and siltation. Not someone summer cottage of the water.