Integrated Watershed Management Plan
This watershed management plan is intended to support public and stakeholder discussions concerning stewardship of the Petitcodiac River and its watershed. This process is being led by the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance.
The Petitcodiac River is a major drainage basin in Southeastern New Brunswick. It stretches from the boundaries of Fundy National Park to Shepody Bay. The total drainage area of the Petitcodiac Watershed is 26,000 square kilometers and it has more than 30 tributaries. It is home to more than 110,000 people and is one of the most heavily populated and fastest growing regions within the province of New Brunswick, most of whom live within an hours drive of the tri-city area of Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe.
The watershed contains a diversity of natural forms and ecological regions and must support a wide range of human land uses. In 1998, the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance (PWA) was asked by the Government of New Brunswick to provide a Provisional Water Classification document for the Petitcodiac River basin. This watershed management plan is intentionally designed to build upon that document to achieve our three primary goals: the safety and security of our drinking water, the maintenance of healthy and functional aquatic ecosystems, and the restoration of degraded aquatic habitat.
In developing this Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP), the PWA took into account:
- A watershed approach that considered both surface and groundwater issues, and the interactions of water, plants, animals and human activities within the watershed.
- Watershed monitoring reports on water quality in the Petitcodiac River for the last 12 years. Habitat surveys on more than half of the tributaries of the Petitcodiac River which included information on macroinvertebrate communities and electrofishing surveys.
- The development of a public stakeholder engagement process to identify, discuss and remedy identifiable problems in our watershed and to build support for the implementation of this watershed management plan.
The PWA recognizes that stakeholders have accomplished, and are in the process of doing much to improve conditions in the watershed. Considerable scientific work has taken place over the past few years. However, much work and research remains to be done, including the examination of our own assessment tools that we use to support ongoing watershed planning activities.