Breakwater Reconstruction at Sandford Small Craft Harbour, Yarmouth County, NS

The Small Craft Harbours Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada proposes to undertake a breakwater reconstruction and expansion project at Sandford Harbour, located in the community of Sandford, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. The breakwater currently contains remnants of a failed crib wharf which will be removed to the corestone limits of the new breakwater structure and disposed of in a provincially-approved manner. Once the wharf removal is complete, new and reinstated corestone will be built up on either side of the wharf remnants. Two layers of filterstone will be placed on top of the corestone and overlain with two layers of armourstone. The work could result in a total footprint change of up to 700 m2. The crest elevation will be approximately +7.5 m above chart datum with a width of 4.5 m, transitioning into an elevation of +8.3 m above chart datum with a crest width of 3.7 m at the toe of the breakwater. Side slopes will be constructed at a general 2:1 ratio, with the inner side of the toe increasing the slope slightly to accommodate for the increased elevation. Existing armourstone from the current structure will be salvaged for reuse where possible.


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Latest update

End of Public Comment Period

August 16, 2022 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours is considering comments received to date to inform its determination on whether carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours, Maritime and Gulf Region
Chyann Kirby, Regional Environmental Advisor
Gulf Fisheries Centre, 343 University Avenue
Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 9B6
Telephone: 506-866-5164

  • Location

    • Sandford SCH is located in the community of Sandford, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, and can be accessed from Ross Durkee Road before egressing onto the Sandford Wharf Road. (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH)
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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...within 200 kilometres
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