Public Notice: River Restoration near Route 106

3 September 2015 – Moncton, NB

The Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance is proud to announce that work is set to begin on our biggest ever restoration project on 8 September 2015. This project is taking place in the Village of Petitcodiac near Route 106. We are partnering with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Fort Folly Habitat Recovery Program. A section of the river was straightened in order to protect the highway (Route 106), but caused serious degradation downstream of the rip rap (rock) installation. When you straighten a river, it causes the water to gain speed, and fast waters cause more erosion than slow waters. Rivers meander, bend, and migrate- all things that are important to remember when developing land near them. In this case, the resulting erosion from the rip rap caused the loss of so much property that a house had to be demolished. Remains of the foundation can be seen on the downstream end of the project site (large rectangular pieces of concrete). We anticipate that the project will take between 10-15 days to complete. Starting Tuesday, 8 September, passerby will see dump trucks bringing rock material to the site, and later in the week, excavators will begin placing the rock. The project design was completed by Matrix Solutions, a hydrogeology consulting company with many years’ experience in river restoration with full support from the Village of Petitcodiac. A survey was completed in the fall of 2014, and precise measurements of the river’s shape, depth, and flow were entered into formulas to predict future river dynamics. All the required permits have been attained, and a personal site visit was conducted by our permit granting officer who was very pleased with the project and its outcomes. Please see this video to learn more about the project: Public Notice: River Restoration near Route 106

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