Funding to continue for North Colchester River Restoration Association

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TRURO - The North Colchester River Restoration Association will see its core funding continue for the foreseeable future.

Colchester County council gave its blessing on Thursday night to continue funding the association to the tune of $5,000 per year for the next five years, as was recently requested by association chairman elect Edward Sampson.

That is the same annual amount council has provided in recent years.

"I personally think that it is a worthwhile organization," said Deputy Mayor Bill Masters. "We have got great value for the money."

When Sampson appeared before council at a recent meeting he said his group is recognized as one of Nova Scotia's leading habitat restoration volunteer groups. Since river restoration efforts began about 14 years ago, he said, association members have released more than 75,000 salmon smolt into the water.

"And we now know that the fish we first put in are coming back," he told council, during his presentation.

The group was also responsible for constructing the fish ladder on the Waugh's River, a project totalling more than $340,000.

"Anglers flock to our watershed to fish and as a result they help our economy," Sampson said.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter:@tdnharry

 

Organizations: Colchester County council

Geographic location: Colchester River, Nova Scotia

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