Musquash. New Brunswick.
Photo Credits: Musquash Fire Department. Used with permission

Built: 1922

The 5-meagwatt Musquash Hydro Generating Station was the first hydro facility built by the New Brunswick Electric Power Commission.
Dams were built on the East and West Branches of the Musquash River. It still operates but automation has reduced the number of jobs at the plant to one.
The wooden intake pipe (below), has a diameter of approx. 2.75 m. which is typical for older hydro stations throughout Canada.
The nearby Musquash Estuary is located on the Bay of Fundy, approximately 20 km west of the city of Saint John, New Brunswick. Musquash has been described as "one of the last ecologically intact estuaries in the Bay of Fundy." Estuaries are partially enclosed coastal bodies of water where ocean water and fresh water mix. Salt marshes are characterized by salt-tolerant grasses, with an extensive shallow rhizome (root) system that traps and stabilizes the soft sediment. Estuaries rank as one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, and marshes are referred to as the life-support system, generating vital functions.
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