Second Level Assessment- Current Impacts

Urban Development

There is no large urban centre within the Little River watershed.  Large areas of privately owned land along the river have been developed into homes or cottages, leaving little or no buffer in the riparian zone in order to obtain clear views of the river (Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance 2010).  Such properties are also a potential source of sewage contamination as rural septic systems are not always properly maintained. Several sites were noted where homeowners had pipes discharging directly into the river.

Local Governance Reform by the Province (Government of New Brunswick 2023b) divided the Little River watershed between 2 local governments: Salisbury (from the mouth of the river up to a short distance below where it is joined by Prosser Brook) and The Community of Three Rivers (which runs from where Salisbury ends, and takes in the rest of the watershed above that point with the exception of the Little River side of Gowland Mountain in the west and Sweet Mountain in the east which each remain unincorporated parts of Southeast Rural District RD 7.