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 Little River 

Description:

Principal Land Uses

Total Area: 275.6 km▓

%
Farms: 44.91 km▓
16.3
Woodland: 157.7 km▓
57.22
Residential: 36.30 km▓
13.17





Little River, formerly known as Coverdale River, is located south of the Village of Salisbury. This river has a drainage area of 276 km2. The section of Little River above Colpitts Settlement is mostly forested and moderate logging is praticed in the area. The section below Colpitts Settlement is characterized by some agricultural activities.

Like the Pollett River, Little River is a relatively clean and unique system. Except for important rain events, the water quality in Little River is good. Agricultural runoff might be the explanation for elevated E.coli counts found in the water during periods of high rain. Again, as in other watersheds, some cattle have direct access to the river and some of its tributaries. Some agricultural lands also directly border the banks of the river therefore bank erosion is visible along tributaries and Little River itself. This situation increases the change for surface runoff since no buffer zones are in place to slow down the flow.

Unlike other watersheds that are affected by agricultural activities, the Little River shows relatively good water quality except for heavy rain events. Finally, the physical and aquatic habitats of this river are in good shape and with minimum modifications, the water quality of this river has the potential of being as pristine as the Pollett River's.

Water quality highlights for Little River

Section

Principal Water Quality Influences

Water Test Highlights 1997-2001

Below Prosser Brook (PWMG 41)

agriculture, forestry E-Coli
Little River at confluence (PWMG 17) agriculture, forestry E-Coli
Below Mitton Brook confluence (PWMG 57) Natural influences As naturally occurs
Prosser Brook above Little River confluence (PWMG 69) Natural influences As naturally occurs
Prosser Brook at confluence (PWMG 18) Natural influences As naturally occurs


Recommended preliminary classification:

Class B : All of Little River
Class A : All of Prosser Brook

Recommended actions:

>> promote best management practivces for all future and current forestry operations;
>> work with local farm owners to implement an Agro-conservation club in the Petitcodiac area;
>> work with local farmers to add cattle fencing along streams and brooks that run through their properties;
>> enhance buffer zones where needed;
>> reduce and eventually phase out the use of cosmetic pesticides.

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