Today we have about 25 Sea Trout and Atlantic Salmon bearing rivers that dump into the Northumberland Strait, not counting tributaries. The Strait is a main passage for our Sea Trout and Atlantic Salmon as well as a place to feed and get energized prior to entering the rivers. However, all this is at major risk with the proposed 90 million litres of effluent to be pumped into the Strait each day by the Northern Pulp Mill. The effluent at the outflow of the pipe is going to come out at 25c in the Winter and 37c in the summer!! These temps will absolutely change the diversity and make up of this sensitive and important marine ecosystem. This will increase the overall temperatures of the Strait over time due to the high volume of effluent being pumped every day.
The water temperatures are not the only concern. The makeup of the toxic chemicals that will be part of the effluent pose major threat to marine life. The current mill infrastructure cannot handle the new proposed effluent makeup because it will be to corrosive to their internal setup. Therefore, pumping it into the Strait is the most economical option for the Mill. This is info which has been communicated by the Mill in several public forms.
The other obvious threat to the Strait is that the colour of the water will change. The effluent – due to its makeup – will change the colour of the water at the outflow of the pipe which is positioned a few kms offshore and directly into the Strait. At millions of litres a day, this will impact a very large area and ultimately change the natural state of the ecosystem.
These are only 3 points of a concern from a very long list that this pipe will cause. Sea Trout and Atlantic Salmon are not the only species at risk here. Herring, Gasperaux, Smelt, Eels, Whales, Atlantic dolphins, Tuna, Mackerel, Striped Bass, etc. will all be impacted by high water temps, toxic chemicals and water clarity.
Please sign this petition to show your support that you are opposed to the Northern Pulp’s Effluent Pipe being placed in the Northumberland Strait. To be clear, we are not promoting the closing of the mill; instead pursue other options to deal with the Pulp waste versus polluting this valuable Marine ecosystem.
For more information, visit Friends of the Northumberland Strait.