New Chignecto Water­sheds Com­mit­tee plan­ning long-term wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram

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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 wa­ter.eos@nb.aibn.com.

MAP SOURCE: KN CROUCHER

The Chignecto Water­sheds Com­mit­tee will be con­duct­ing long-term wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing across the Chignecto Isth­mus re­gion of New Brunswick.

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