Nappan watershed one of four national pilot projects for flooding

Raissa Tetanish
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UPPER NAPPAN - The Nappan River Watershed is one of four sites being used as pilot projects to study flooding.

Steve Ferguson, Cumberland County's director of policy and research, made a quick presentation to councilors Wednesday of the Atlantic Land and Infrastructure Resiliency Assessment Project.

"As we all know, there's an increasing storm frequency in the area and we expect that trend to continue. We want to think about what we can do to prepare for extreme rain events."

The provincial Department of Agriculture is working on a study with regard to flooding of the Nappan River Watershed area.

"Since the project was started," said Ferguson, "the federal government has come on board and developed this methodology, which is sort of a tool, to help assess the potential for flooding and affects of flooding, and to assess different ways to try and avoid it."

Although the federal funding for the LIRA project is only until the end of this month, Ferguson said any information coming from the study, regardless of if it continues after the funding runs out or not, will be beneficial.

Doug Bacon, a farmer in the area that had about two dozen head of cattle stranded this past summer because of flooding, has been providing input into the situation as well.

"We're very fortunate to be one of the four pilot projects and get this information," he said, noting it's a good start that the issue is being recognized as a concern.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Department of Agriculture

Geographic location: Nappan River Watershed, UPPER NAPPAN, Cumberland County

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