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Coastal and Water Links

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General Information about Coasts

Coastweb (Geological Survey of Canada) has information on Canada’s coasts from the Geological Survey of Canada

Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BOFEP) has fact sheet style publications that describe present scientific understanding of some of the important environmental issues confronting the Bay of Fundy.

The Natural History of Nova Scotia provides information on Nova Scotia’s habitats including coastal environments.

The American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coasts page has information about coasts and coastal conservation.

Resources for Sustainable Coastal Living

The Department of Natural Resources site provides information about what you need to know before doing coastal construction such as building a wharf.

Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation (BCAF) has several resources available to coastal residents including a clean boating guide.

Guide for New Brunswick Waterfront Property Owners - Living By Water Project provides resources and information for people living near the water (Contact them to request a copy).

Saint Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Society has information on septic tank and septic system care in coastal areas.


Natural History of Nova Scotia’s website has chapters on sandy beaches and rocky/cobble beaches

Nova Scotia Piping Plover Conservation Program (Bird Studies Canada)

American Shore & Beach Preservation Association is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the beaches, shores and other coastal resources of America.

Beach erosion reviews the basics of beach erosion, the role of beaches, and global warming and sea level rise issues with regards to beaches

The Blue Flag Program is an internationally recognized and respected eco-label awarded to beaches that achieve high standards in water quality, environmental education, environmental management and safety and services.

Coastal Climate Change Adaptation

C-CIARN (Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network)

Clean Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Centre (CCC) provides education and outreach on climate change and energy issues to Nova Scotians.

Climate Action Network Canada (CAN Canada) organizations committed to preventing dangerous levels of human interference with the global climate system.

ClimAdapt. A private sector driven environmental network providing innovative climate change adaptation expertise in Canada and internationally.

HRM ClimateSmart Program: An HRM Integrated Strategy for Climate Change Mitigation and Impact & Adaptation Preparedness and Planning.

Natural Resources Canada Atlas of Canada shows Canada’s coastal sensitivity to sea-level rise.

New Brunswick’s Climate Change Action Plan and Climate Change Hub provide a lot of information.

Nova Scotia’s Dept. of Energy Climate Change Page has information on renewable energy.

Coastal Policy and Legislation

A Coastal Areas Protection Policy for New Brunswick

Federal Policy on Wetland Conservation and wetlands

Nova Scotia Beaches Act

Nova Scotia Wetland policy and approval guidelines

Wetland Conservation Policy for Prince Edward Island

PEI Subdivision Act and Planning Regulations

Maine State Planning Office’s Coastal Program

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and their publications page

New Brunswick Wetland policy

New Hampshire’s Coastal Program

Coastal Planning and Development

The Atlantic Planners Institute has links to municipal planning offices and by laws in the Atlantic region

Coastal Coalition of Nova Scotia (CCNS) have several research papers about coastal planning on their website

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Services is a provincial agency that oversees land use planning and develops Provincial Interest Statements which provide guidance on development and land use issues

SMARTgrowth addresses concerns about current development patterns and discusses better options

Southern Gulf of Saint Lawrence Sustainability Coalition Coastal Erosion Annotated Bibliography

Coastal Wetlands

A Volunteer's Handbook for Monitoring New England Salt Marshes. The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

Ducks Unlimited Canada. Wetland conservation.

Environment Canada’s Salt Marsh Conservation and Restoration site for the Atlantic Region discusses the value and threats to salt marshes in Atlantic Canada.

Natural History of Nova Scotia's chapters on the Tidal Marsh and Mud Flat.

Nova Scotia Wetlands and Coastal Habitats program

Salt Marsh Restoration Resources. Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment.

WetKit. Tools for Working with Wetlands in Canada.

Freshwater Links

One Drop Foundation


Canadian Freshwater Alliance

Water Conservation for Kids

Groups Involved in Coastal Issues

Nova Scotia:

Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation (BCAF). A non-profit charitable organization that addresses the environmental concerns within a Lunenburg County watershed.

Bras d'Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI)
The Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative arose in response to a request by the Cape Breton First Nations Chiefs in 2003 to develop an overall environmental management plan for the Bras d’Or lakes and watershed lands.

Clean Nova Scotia. A non-profit environmental organization with a focus on waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and climate change education.

Coastal Coalition of Nova Scotia (CCNS) comprised of member organizations dedicated to the preservation, restoration and sustainable use of the physical, biological and cultural heritage of Nova Scotia's coastal ecosystems

Coastal Communities Network (CCN) provides a forum to encourage dialogue, share information, and create strategies and actions that promote the survival and development of Nova Scotia's coastal and rural communities.

Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy (KCC)

Nova Scotia Nature Trust (NSNT) works to protect representative, rare, outstanding, and unique or otherwise ecologically significant natural features in Nova Scotia

Saint Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Society works to preserve and enhance the Bay's natural environment, its heritage, and its quality of life.

Tusket River Environmental Protection Association (TREPA) responds to concerns around the Tusket River Watershed.

Friends of Port Mouton Bay work on issues of concern to the future of Port Mouton Bay

Regional and National:

Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) is a guide to coastal information in Atlantic Canada.

Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) is a community based program to help restore and sustain watersheds and coastal regions in Atlantic Canada.

Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BOFEP) includes individuals and groups who are interested in the health of the Bay.

Bird Studies Canada - Nova Scotia Piping Plover Conservation Program

Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB). Of coastal interest is their Save Our Seas page.

Coastal Zone Canada Association focuses on sustainable management and conservation of coastal areas.

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC) provides information and resources on the Gulf of Maine environment.

Sierra Club of Canada addresses a variety of issues in Atlantic Canada including climate change, environmental education, healthy communities.

Southern Gulf of Saint Lawrence Sustainability Coalition works towards an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence

Stuff for Kids

USEPA website for kids about beaches (including beach games).

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