Conference 2017 – Expedition Cruising

AH18 October 16, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Creating Ambassadors: Expedition Cruising Helps Secure the Future of Sable Island” Allow us to introduce Cedar Swan, an adventurer and passionate outdoor enthusiast. The CEO of Adventure Canada—as well as an expedition planner…

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Conference 2017 – Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks:

AH18 October 15, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks: Following a Digital Paper Trail” With some 350 ships thought to have wrecked on Sable Island, it’s sometimes called “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. At our conference, Bill…

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Conference 2017 – Marine Debris and Micro Plastics

AH18 October 14, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Atlantic Canada Microplastics Research Project” Marine debris and micro plastics. Unpleasant for sure, but what does the research tell us? Ariel Smith, MEnv, is the Marine Debris Project Coordinator at Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation…

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Conference 2017 – Sable Island Horse Research

AH18 October 13, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Population Ecology of the Sable Island Horses”  Sable Island’s most famous inhabitants are its horses. And here’s the man who may understand them the best.Philip D. McLoughlin is an Associate Professor…

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Thank You Bill Freedman

October 28, 2015

It was sad to hear of the passing of Bill Freedman in late September 2015.…

AGM 2015 Recap

June 25, 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2015 Annual General Meeting on June 24th at the…

Conference Thanks

June 2, 2015

One month ago today we opened the first Sable Island Conference. It was exciting to…

C-3: “The Hydrogeology of Sable Island” – Terry W. Hennigar


The study of hydrogeology is a science which is still in its infancy, being practiced for only 50 years in Nova Scotia. This paper will present an overview of the hydrogeology, with a focus on the fresh water resources, of Sable Island.  The role of the sand deposits, morphology and dynamics of the dune structures and systems, precipitation, and tidal influences will be discussed.  The distribution, quality, and importance of both surface water and groundwater resources of the island will be discussed.

Long-term water level trends and an approach to assess the sustainable groundwater withdrawals from the fresh water lens underlying the island will be presented. The location and rates of groundwater withdrawals will be considered to support a future development of an eco-tourism program that may be permitted by Parks Canada.

The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water in Canada has recommended a multi- barrier approach to protecting drinking water supplies.  The Province of Nova Scotia, through the Department of Environment, has developed a process, guidelines, and regulations for the development, management, and protection of Municipal Drinking Water sources and supplies.  The operation of Municipal drinking water systems requires certified operators of the utilities, the co-operation and input of the general public, and participation of various levels of government.

A brief overview will be provided outlining the monitoring, data collection, and reporting that is standard practice to ensure that due diligence is being followed in protecting the health of the public from the various sources of contamination that pose risks in drinking water.