From: Shalom M. Mandaville [limnes../../VIEW/ICON/]
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 11:47 AM
To: Hon. Mark Parent PhD-Divinity (Minister-NSEL) (

Cc: NSEL-Water Line (; Marilyn More (Dartmouth South Portland Valley) (; Mayor Peter Kelly (; Dy. Mayor Sue Uteck (; Councillor Gloria McCluskey (Regional Plan Advisory Committee-RPAC; Dartmouth Lakes Advisory Board-DLAB) (; Councillor Andrew Younger (; Councillor Debbie Hum (; Premier Rodney MacDonald (Nova Scotia) (; Councillor Gary Martin (Bedford Watershed Advisory Board-HRM) (; Councillor Mary Wile (Halifax Watershed Advisory Board-HRM) (; Brad Anguish PEng (Director-EMS-HRM); Paul Dunphy MCIP (Director-Community Developmen-HRM) (; Councillor Sheila Fougere (; Hon. Darrell Dexter (Opposition Leader-NS) (; Howard Epstein LLB (MLA-Halifax Chebucto) (; Joan Massey (MLA-Dartmouth East) (; Marilyn More (MLA-Dartmouth South Portland Valley) (; Michele Raymond (Opposition Environment Critic) (; Prof. Leonard Preyra PhD (MLA-Halifax Citadel) (; Trevor Zinck (MLA-Dartmouth North) (; Diana Whalen (MLA-Halifax Clayton Park) (; Geoff Regan (Minister-DFO); Keith Colwell (; Leo Glavine (Liberal Environment Critic); Michael Savage (MP-Dartmouth) (; Michel Samson (Interim Liberal Leader-NS) (; Nancy Vanstone (Assistant Deputy Minister-NSEL); William Lahey (Deputy Minister-NSEL) (; Dan English MPA (CAO-HRM) (; Geri Kaiser (DCAO-Corporate Services & Strategy-HRM) (; Wayne Anstey QC (DCAO-Operations-HRM) (; Darlene S. Fenton (Manager-Central Region-NSEL) (; Gerard MacLellan (Exec. Director-EMC Regional and District Offices-NSEL) (; Kim MacNeil (Exec. Dir.-Env. & Natural Areas-NSEL) (
Subject: Reinforcement of the dire need of an authentic FRESHWATER AUTHORITY at the NSEL!

(This will perhaps be the briefest e-mail (or facsimile) that we sent your department over the last twenty-20 long years to pre-empt the excuses of lengthy communications for perpetual inactions!)


We herewith respectfully beg Sir that you set up a PRAGMATIC FRESHWATER AUTHORITY at your publicly funded department without any further delay. We had already made several written formal submissions to your department dating back to the era of the Hon. John Leefe BEd (kindly click on the underlined words to access the relevant web pages).


This is as a result of multiple aspects that you must be already aware of based on past communications to/with you and your predecessors of all political stripes coupled with your pro-environment statements made in the media during the last 2 weeks!


You have no authentic pragmatic experts in the freshwater sciences and neither does any of the municipalities inclusive of the HRM (HRM staff’s latest total failure was evident in a recent submission they made to the Regional Council on lake water quality which was not based on sound limnological principles and I had sent most of you detailed e-mails on it).


There are indeed international ACCREDITATIONS available for which present and/or future employees can apply for.


Incidentally, this is NOT engineering or hydrogeology or general biology though a background in all will be an added asset!


And the staff paid with public funds must work pragmatically rather than be typical `backseat advisers’ as is now the perpetual case, alas! If necessary, present senior staff should be replaced.


This procedure has indeed been followed in some enlightened State jurisdictions in the USA and I had sent you examples of them in previous e-mails (and we know this to be a fact due to our vast international network of scientists, both in the theoretical and applied domain)!




Shalom Murti Mandaville Post-Grad Dip., Professional Lake Manage.

Chair & Scientific Director

Soil & Water Conservation Society of Metro Halifax- SWCSMH, a multi-discipline scientific/technical stakeholder group

Tel: 902-463-7777

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." (H. Jackson Brown in Chronicle Herald; June 12, 2006)


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