Clean Coasts Receives One of The Clean50 Top Project Awards

This story originally appeared in a newsletter article from the Clean Foundation. For more information on the foundation, and the work they are doing in Canada, please visit their website:

Clean Coasts is honoured to be a recipient of Canada’s 2021 Clean50 Award as one of the chosen Top Projects for our work on, “Building Bridges: NS Salt Marsh Restoration.”

In October of 2019, our team and partners identified a failing culvert in Marshall’s Crossing, Pictou County that needed some help. ​The crossing was composed of two corrugated steel culverts that were in disrepair and beginning to fail. This caused restrictions to both tidal and freshwater flow as well as barriers to fish passage. Failing infrastructure also posed a safety risk for the road itself. 

In July 2019, Clean Coasts proposed the installation of an appropriately sized and placed bridge to improve the overall integrity of the system and the road itself. The recommended bridge was installed in the fall of 2019 to restore a more natural flow to the system, while improving tidal wetland habitat and fish passage!

To be nationally recognized for this work through Clean50 is truly an honour. From site identification to restoration, monitoring and adaptive management, we could not have done this work without our amazing partners.

We would like to recognize the invaluable contributions of CB Wetlands and Environmental Specialists (CBWES), the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM), Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), Save The Bay Narragansett, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Tampa Bay WatchBoreas Heritage Consulting Inc., TransCoastal Adaptations (TCA), Baxter Trucking & Excavating, Pictou Landing First Nation and Nova Scotia’s Department of Lands & Forestry to this project. We share this award with you all and are so fortunate for our years of partnership through the Northumberland Strait Coastal Restoration Project. We would also like to thank our funder, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), that has made this all possible through the Oceans Protection Plan’s Coastal Restoration FundThank you all/ Wela’lioq!

Canada’s Clean50, started by Delta Management Group in 2011, was created to connect sustainability leaders across the country and honour their work through three different award streams, Individual, Top Projects and Emerging Leaders. The Clean50 Top Projects annually recognize innovative, informative and inspiring projects within Canada, and Clean Coasts received this award for our work building a bridge to restore tidal flow and fish passage to Marshall’s Crossing in Pictou County.

We join a cohort of 24 other projects that also received this award in 2021, including our very own Transportation Team at Clean Foundation. The Transportation Team, specifically the Next Ride initiative, is being recognized for their hard work raising awareness around Electric Vehicles and promoting their adoption across Nova Scotia. 

Pending COVID-19 restrictions, Clean Coasts’ Program Manager, Charlynne Robertson, and Director, Erin Burbidge, will attend the Clean50 Summit in Toronto on September 30th, 2021.  At the summit, Canada’s Top Project will be selected from votes cast by both incoming and Alumni members of the Clean50. The summit will also give Charlynne & Erin the unique opportunity to engage with sustainability leaders from across the country and participate in cross-sectoral, collaborative working groups. We are thrilled to join the community of Clean50 honourees and look forward to opportunities for future collaboration and problem-solving around climate change and environmental sustainability at large.

To learn more about other Clean50 Top Projects, visit their website below: