‘We are at a crit­i­cal mo­ment’

Clean An­napo­lis River Project aim­ing for fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity af­ter fed­eral fund­ing loss

Annapolis Valley Register - - X NEWS - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL ANNAPOLISCOUNTYSPECTATOR.CA AN­NAPO­LIS ROYAL lpow­ell@an­napolis­spec­ta­tor.ca

The or­ga­ni­za­tion that keeps an eye on the An­napo­lis River and works to mit­i­gate en­vi­ron­men­tal threats to the wa­ter­way and sur­round­ing habi­tat is fac­ing strug­gles of its own.

Clean An­napo­lis River Project’s fed­eral core fund­ing has been un­avail­able for the past two years and de­spite cre­at­ing a con­tin­gency fund in bet­ter times, fi­nances have be­come a con­cern.

“Leaner days are here, our re­serves have dwin­dled, and we are at a crit­i­cal mo­ment de­spite care­ful man­age­ment and re­or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said CARP’S ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Levi Cliché in a me­dia re­lease. “We have been plan­ning for this, and have made strides in our fundrais­ing ef­forts.”

But Cliche said there is still work to do to shape the or­ga­ni­za­tion to sus­tain it­self in the ab­sence of core fund­ing. He said CARP is reach­ing out to its mem­bers, sup­port­ers, and the wider com­mu­nity to help it get there.

26 years

For the past 26 years, Clean An­napo­lis River Project has been striv­ing to pro­tect and en­hance the nat­u­ral val­ues of the An­napo­lis River and sur­round­ing land­scape, Cliche said.

“Work­ing closely with com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and part­ners, we have col­lab­o­rated to im­prove fish and wildlife habi­tat, elim­i­nate and re­duce sources of wa­ter pol­lu­tion, make strides to com­bat cli­mate change, and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors of all ages to ex­pe­ri­ence and learn about the nat­u­ral won­ders of the An­napo­lis River water­shed,” Cliche said.

“We are proud of our record of cre­at­ing lo­cal jobs in sci­ence that pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents and at­tract new tal­ent to the area,” he said, not­ing that th­ese jobs are of­ten ca­reer build­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal youth.

He said CARP also at­tracts young, tal­ented, and highly en­gaged pro­fes­sion­als to live in and con­trib­ute to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in many ways be­yond their work with CARP.

“Our projects and pro­grams con­trib­ute be­tween $400,000 and $600,000 each year to the lo­cal econ­omy, all of which goes to­ward mak­ing our com­mu­ni­ties greener, health­ier, and more live­able,” Cliche said.

Hard work

Cliche said CARP has been for­tu­nate for the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the peo­ple in the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties be­cause what the or­ga­ni­za­tion strives for takes a great deal of com­mu­nity and vol­un­teer sup­port.

“The qual­ity and the level of im­pact that we col­lec­tively have, how­ever, would be im­pos­si­ble to achieve with­out a core staff to plan, de­velop, fundraise, man­age, and de­liver our pro­grams and projects – or a space from which our op­er­a­tions can be based.”

De­spite the un­cer­tainty, Cliche said CARP is look­ing for­ward to a long and shared fu­ture of sus­tained en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship and is hop­ing with pub­lic help it can con­tinue to learn about, en­hance and pro­tect the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Cliche said he wel­comes and en­cour­ages peo­ple to con­tact CARP with any sug­ges­tions, con­cerns or ques­tions about the or­ga­ni­za­tion, its mis­sion and work, and its fu­ture.

Reach CARP by email at carp@ an­napolis­river.ca, by phone at 902-532-7533, or in per­son at 314 St. Ge­orge St., An­napo­lis Royal.

LAWRENCE POW­ELL

For the past two sum­mers Clean An­napo­lis River Project has hosted An­napo­lis River Festival, an event at Ju­bilee Park in Bridgetown that ap­pears to be grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. It’s also a ma­jor fundraiser for the or­ga­ni­za­tion that has been sur­viv­ing with­out fed­eral core fund­ing for the past two years.

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