Nova Scotia Power (NSP) has been operating with high water levels an extra month at White Rock this year.
Due to the late seasonal migration of an exceptionally large number of gaspereau, the water would normally be reduced already.
“Typically we would cease operation of this hydro facility on June 15 for the summer months,” says
communications advisor Tiffany Chase.
“We expect to continue operation through the weekend and possibly early next week should water levels hold out,” Chase said. “This extended time frame likely has benefited recreational activities downstream, in combination with recent rainfalls.”
How much water NSP can flow down the Black River system, which feeds Gaspereau River, is regulated by the company’s environmental permits. Those rules are in place to protect fish and fish habitats.
Under those permits, NSP has to run the system 24 hours a day from April 15 to June 15 to enable fish migration – because the river has populations of smelt, gaspereaux, salmon, and bass.
At the same time, the permits also require NSP to maintain a certain water level on Black River Lake between Victoria Day and Labour Day – so mid-May to early-September. That’s to maintain high enough water levels for cottages along the lake, as well as for the end of the bass season.
Did you know?
You can check on water levels via the Gaspereau River Tubing FaceBook page, which run by Chris Gertridge.
Here is a link that has more NSP information about tubing on the Gaspereau River: http://www.nspower.ca/en/home/for-my-home/safety-at-home/near-dams-and-hydro-systems/tubing-on-the-gaspereau-river.aspx