Whynachts Pond, NS - Jill Crouse

Whynachts Pond is the location of this once vibrant and attractive to nature, as well as humans, is located in Green Bay (next to civic 420), Nova Scotia. This is a local tourist area that is much enjoyed by people of all ages on the east coast full of beaches and ponds. The physical location of this pond is adjacent to a beach.

As a child, spending our summers at our cottage in Green Bay, was always full of adventure. Thinking back to 40 years ago, this pond WAS truly a prime example of a healthy ecosystem should be, that was naturally spring fed, flourished with fish, frogs, ducks, turtles, muskrats, herring and a variety of wildlife that would regularly provided daily entertainment and learning opportunities to educate us as children growing up as well as to the thousands of tourists that choose this area to vacation. Tourist were often struck by the beauty and abundance of wildlife that they could view in person. Even in winter, this was the pond that locals would use to play hockey and skate. Winter trips to the cottage to partake in skating parties and bonfires, it just didn't get any better than that.

Today, this once vibrant healthy body of water that flourished with life is no longer.

Many years ago, The Department of Transportation removed the covert that provided a reasonable amount of run of overflow to the ocean, and put a large bridge structure in place allowing the beach to flood though into the pond. Many residence of this area were opposed to such a structure as they could see that the pond was slowing dying as a result of the bridge that was put in place, even offered to unite and pay themselves, to put in a more reasonable structure that would suit and save this pond and the beauty is brought to this area.

Today, the pond is no more, just a stagnant body of dead sea water. The pond is now full of sand, seaweed, green slim and debris. The stench from the rotting seaweed really is not acceptable to many of the nearing residence and despite the growing concerns from residence over the years, nothing has been done. These concerns have also been taken to the Department of Environment, but unfortunately has been dismissed as "it is not their problem". It is so sad to think that the demise of this once eco healthy water system, is just dead and gone due to the restructuring decisions made by the Department of Transportation.

It is my hope, along with many others, that this ecosystem can be restructured and revived to what it once was.

Whynachts Pond, NS
Jessica Gordon
Jill Crouse