New Chignecto Watersheds Committee planning long-term water monitoring program
Water is essential in our everyday lives, and in order to ensure its sustainability we must protect our watersheds.
Healthy watersheds provide clean drinking water, outdoor recreation areas, wildlife habitat and sustainable, resilient communities.
Since no long-term monitoring has been done within these watersheds, there are many unknowns in terms of water quality in our region.
The Chignecto Watersheds Committee (CWC), a new initiative of EOS Eco-energy, is dedicated to the long-term sustainability and resiliency of local watersheds in the face of climate change. It was formed in July 2017 to address this gap in monitoring.
The CWC is an advisory committee formed of people and groups with a wide range of expertise who share an interest in the water quality of local watersheds. Groups represented on the committee include Nature NB, Ducks Unlimited, Mount Allison University departments of geography and chemistry, and the Southeast Planning Commission.
Adam Cheeseman of Nature NB and a CWC member explains: “I was first interested in the Chignecto Watersheds Committee as there is a great need to better understand local water quality and related issues.
Committees like this can help ensure our watersheds are clean and safe for future generations. I am excited to continue my work with the committee to help create a healthy and resilient region for all life who lives here.”
In addition to promoting watershed awareness through public education activities, this year the group received funding from the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund to establish the framework to start long-term water monitoring in the Inner Bay of Fundy and the Cape Tormentine Peninsula watersheds (495 kilometres squared and 452 kilometres squared of land area respectively).
Monitoring will provide the CWC with the data necessary to gain a better understanding of our watersheds and will lead to the undertaking of any necessary restoration or protection activities, ultimately ensuring healthy watersheds, sustainable ecosystems and resilient communities.
The CWC is inviting local residents to volunteer with their long-term water monitoring program. To volunteer or for more information, contact Kellinicole Croucher, EOS Watershed co-ordinator, at 506-536-4487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chignecto Watersheds Committee will be conducting long-term water monitoring across the Chignecto Isthmus region of New Brunswick.