See below for our water quality report on the Sackville River Watershed as of 2016
See the link below for SRA’s Sackville River Watershed Restoration Plan.
The Sackville River watershed is an area of land composed of roughly 150 square km (37 065 acres), encompassing parts of Mt. Uniacke, Pockwock, Hammonds Plains, Lucasville, Beaver Bank, Sackville, and Bedford, existing across two municipalities – Municipalities of Halifax and East Hants. The river extends from Mt. Uniacke at its head waters and most northern point, winds southward through a series of ponds and lakes such as: Pentz, Yellow Lily, Lewis, Little Springfield, Drain, Bottle, Beaver, Little Sandy, Tomahawk, Big Sandy, Marsh, Little, Feely, and finally drains into the Bedford Basin in the Halifax Harbour. (See Watershed Map and Flow Chart)
The Sackville River flows through a valley of granite and glacial till with a moderate gradient, but in some areas the stream is very rough and boulder strewn. Between these rough areas there are long, deep quiet waters flowing through swamps. In a few areas the river flows moderately over gravel bottoms and forms riffed areas.
The Little Sackville River is the largest tributary of the Sackville River. It is 11 km (5 miles) long and originates in Little Lake and Feely Lake near the Beaver Bank tracks. The river itself has a gentle gradient and meandering course.
The hills that surround the Sackville River are called drumlins, which are elongated hills consisting of glacial till. The Sackville Drumlins are classified as Landscape number 30 and 31 in the Natural Landscape of Nova Scotia (pg. 34-35) by Protected Areas Branch, Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour, January 2002.
The Sackville River and the Little Sackville River are considered urban rivers as they run through highly developed areas of business and residence. Development in these areas also consists of industrial, commercial, recreational, and a closed landfill site. The watershed area has been disrupted due to the increase and sustained urban development over the last number of years. The remainder of undeveloped land is particularly to the north and east of these highly concentrated urban centers.
The Sackville River is the largest source of fresh water to Halifax Harbour, providing a suitable habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms, while providing an uninterrupted sequence of rivers, lakes, streams and visual properties with great recreational potential, as well as historical significance.
Photo taken by Victor Fraser in September 2009