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The Department of Transportation and Public Works will hold a
series of open houses to explain the process of lowering the
water level at Boat Harbour.

The water level in the harbour will be lowered by one metre to
return about 28 hectares (69 acres) of land to the Pictou Landing
First Nation and the Crown. The land was flooded in 1972 when the
water level in Boat Harbour was raised as part of the wastewater
treatment process for a nearby pulp mill.

The water level will be lowered gradually over 12 weeks this
fall. The improvements are necessary as the province moves toward
2005 when Boat Harbour will cease to be a treatment facility.

The first open house will be Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Pictou
Landing band office from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A second session is
scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Museum of Industry in
Stellarton, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Staff from the Department of Transportation and Public Works and
Environment Canada, and consultants from Jacques Whitford
Environment Ltd. and CanTox Inc. will be on hand to answer
questions and discuss concerns.


Contact: Natalie Webster
         Transportation and Public Works

ngr                   August 19, 1997 - 12:15 pm