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Update on the May fish kill on the Gaspereau River

Dead gaspereaux have been collecting around fish nets along the Gaspereau River for several days now.
Dead gaspereaux have been collecting around fish nets along the Gaspereau River for several days now.

GASPEREAU, NS – Nova Scotia Power (NSP) restarted the White Rock Generating Station on June 19 for the first time in three weeks.  

Following the gaspereaux fish kill in May, NSP spokesperson Tiffany Chase said, “we did so in consultation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, given we have seen far fewer fish in the intake pond over the past several days.”
The unit was in operation for approximately two hours, Chase said, while and conditions up and downstream were closely monitored.
Then yesterday morning, “we started the turbine again with the intention of operating for several hours while continuing to monitor conditions, however, a very large school of fish entered the intake pond approximately 30 minutes after the turbine resumed operation.”
Chase noted, “so it was turned off to minimize potential impacts on the fish. We will continue to monitor conditions day to day prior to resuming operation of the turbine.”
Since the turbine was turned off as usual on May 30 to enable local fisherman to safely remove their gear downstream at the end of the season, a high number of gaspereaux were still visible in the intake pond above the generating station.
Water along the hydro system is being diverted at a normal flow rate through the spillway at the White Rock dam.
 

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