Where does the money come from to fund Adopt A Stream and fish habitat restoration projects?

The funds administered under the Adopt A Stream program come from a number of sources. The primary sources of funding are the NS Sportfish Habitat Fund, the NSLC, and the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture – Inland Fisheries Division.

How do I apply?

You can apply once a year for funding from NSLC Adopt A Stream. The funding deadline is December 31st every year. To apply for funding, simply fill out an application form. Click here for more information on how to apply.

How long has Adopt A Stream been active?

The Nova Scotia Salmon Association (NSSA) has been delivering the Adopt A Stream program since 1998. In March 2010, the NSSA entered into a transformative  partnership with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) as title sponsor the NSLC Adopt A Stream program.

How much funding is available? 

While there is no set limit, NSLC Adopt A Stream contributions to community stewardship groups range from under $1,000 up to $25,000, with most projects receiving $10-15,000.

How much money from a fishing license goes to the Sportfish Habitat Fund?

Every time someone buys a fishing license in Nova Scotia, with the exception of a Resident Senior fishing license, $5.34 is deposited into the NS Sportfish Habitat Fund to be used for volunteer projects to conserve and enhance fish habitat and improve public access to waterways. For more info on fishing licenses and the fund, click here.

What are the most common methods of fish habitat restoration?

The Adopt A Stream Manual outlines many different methods and activities that are undertaken to improve fish habitat. The most common method of habitat restoration is digger logs and deflectors. These structures mimic naturally fallen trees, working with the river flows to create pools and enhance other instream habitat features.