Province told to take action on lakes issue

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A recent blue-green algae bloom photographed at a cottage on Lake Ogden.

A letter written by the David Suzuki Foundation and four Nova Scotia citizen groups concerned with water conservation and protection has been sent to Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter and Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association President Earl Prime. The letter states that unregulated mink farming in southwestern Nova Scotia is polluting local lakes, putting human health at risk and threatening wildlife.  

The letter says that manure, carcasses and waste feed from largely unregulated and ever-expanding mink farms in Yarmouth and Digby counties in southwest Nova Scotia have been allowed to seep untreated into local watercourses for years. This, states the letter, has resulted in massive, unsightly blue-green algal blooms and elevated levels of fecal coliforms (bacteria found in animal feces) in several of the area’s lakes and rivers.  

“Residents from Yarmouth County have been raising alarm bells about this issue with the government of Nova Scotia for almost two decades, and little is being done to address the matter. It's getting worse instead of better," said Debbie Boudreau of the Tri-County Watershed Protection Association. "This industry is now expanding here and throughout the Atlantic Provinces, and now others are taking notice of the waste-management problems associated with this industry. It’s time for all levels of government to act on this issue.” 

NOTE: You can read the entire story on the Yarmouth Vanguard page of

Organizations: David Suzuki Foundation, Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter and Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association, Tri-County Watershed Protection Association

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Yarmouth County, Digby Atlantic Provinces

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