In 1997, the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance (PWA, formerly PWMG-GSBP Inc) was founded with a mandate to establish and support a network of volunteers who will conduct long-term water quality monitoring in the Petitcodiac watershed. Since then, the PWA has been involved in numerous projects collecting data and producing reports that will help ensure the future longevity of the Petitcodiac Watershed.
The Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance’s List of Projects
Water Quality Monitoring Program (1997-2017): We are currently embarking on our 20th year of monitoring changes in water quality within the Petitcodiac and Memramcook River Watersheds! We monitor sites monthly to ensure the local communities know the health & impacts related to their local streams and rivers.
The Broken Brooks Project (2014-2017): We are entering our fourth year assessing culverts in fish bearing streams throughout the watershed to determine the amount of uninhibited access to habitat available for fish and determining locations of blockages. We have assessed 150 culverts, performed numerous debris removals, and installed many rock weirs on streams within the Pollett and Little River sub-watersheds. This created access for fish to 80km of upstream habitat that was previously blocked!
Waste Warriors Project (2017): With the concern of marine debris, microplastics and their impact to aquatic ecosystems on the rise, we set out to do something about these issues in our local community! We are currently conducting microsplastics sampling as part of Adventure Science’s Global Microplastics Initiative, the world’s largest microplastics study & dataset. We are also marrying science with art with our friends at the Festival Inspire, to create a sculpture demonstrating our everyday waste culture. Finally, we are hosting many community cleanups this summer & fall to prevent waste from entering our waterways and preventing harm to habitat. If you would like to volunteer your organization or group to help us with a stream cleanup in your community, contact email@example.com.
Atlantic Culvert Assessment Toolkit (2016-2017): The PWA recently got together with various groups throughout the provinces who came together for a common goal: to have all culverts passable by 2025. Through this project, groups compared protocols and came up with a universal set of procedures that will be used to make culvert assessments in the Atlantic provinces more comparable. Resources and training are provided by the PWA. Follow the project link for more information or to become involved!
PWA ThermoBlitz (2016-2017): The PWA piloted a study last year that we coined a “ThermoBlitz”. During this exercise, we split up into teams and sampled numerous sites on numerous rivers and tributaries in the Petitcodiac Watershed at the same time. It gave us useful information on where areas where coldwater inputs, useful for fish habitat research, as well as where sources of thermal pollution were located. We will be doing a second edition of this project this year — in the Memramcook Watershed!
Waterkeeper Swim Guide (2016-2017): The PWA has recently partnered with the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper on their Swim Guide program. Through this they created an easy-to-understand database of the health status of over 7,000 beaches and swimming spots in North America. The PWA samples 5 locations in the summer months and posts the information on their website in a way that is useful for the public, and increases understanding of our local water quality.
Envirothon: Our Executive Director is a member of the steering committee for Envirothon NB, and our staff participate as a Aquatics Mentors & Judges at the competition. This is a great program filled with youth who are passionate and interested in the learning about the environment and natural resources.
Tap Water is My Water: We worked with the City of Moncton in hopes of increasing the use of re-usable bottles, and increasing access to potable water within the Greater Moncton area. We helped secure bottle filling stations as well as recruited local businesses to place a sticker in their window indicating where people can refill their water bottles. We hope this has the added benefit of decreasing plastic bottle waste in our watershed.
Project Webfoot fieldtrips: The PWA partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada to deliver their “project webfoot” fieldtrips aimed at teaching children in elementary school classes about the importance of wetlands, and saving them for future generations.
PWA Roadshow: Beginning in 2014, the staff of the PWA set out to give presentations to groups within our watershed on the details and results of our projects. This is our 4th year, and we organize these talks for January until the end of March each year. If you would like to set up a date for the PWA to come talk to your audience, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salmon Surveys: We participated in population surveys for the critically endangered IBoF Atlantic Salmon with Fundy National Park. We also helped with redd surveys with AMEC Foster Wheeler, Department of Natural Resources and FFHR. You can Swim with Salmon for Science too. Join us!
Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up: This year we partnered with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to organize two stream cleanups within our watershed: on Rabbit Brook and along the Petitcodiac River near Riverfront Park in Moncton. Be sure to join us next year!
Wood Turtle Monitoring and Stewardship Project (2014-2016): Over three summers, the PWA conducted the first ever population assessment for the Wood Turtle (Glyptemis insculpta) within our watershed! This information will be used in creating management plans in the future. We had been conducting awareness campaigns as well as working with stakeholders to reduce threats to this species and insure its viability in our area. We are still offering wood turtle expertise and education. If you find a wood turtle outside its habitat, give our office a call!
The Water Guardian Project (2014-2016): A two-year campaign within the Tri-Community area (Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe) to raise awareness related to stormwater runoff, and its impacts on water quality. We also provided tools to residents helpful in reducing their residential water use, as well as stormwater runoff from their property. Last year, we worked with RBC & The City of Moncton to install two rain gardens at the Mapleton lodge with the help of RBC employees during the City of Moncton’s Environment Week. in 2016, we were able to give the community 250 rain barrels for free! Each of these rain barrels holds 200L of rainwater, effectively reducing the equivalent of 625 average-sized bathtubs of stormwater runoff from entering our precious river system during each storm. We also married science with art by working with the Festival Inspire to create 3 murals on storm drains within the three communities of interest, and spray-painted fish stencils onto several storm drains within the City of Moncton’s downtown core
Local Ecological Knowledge: We worked to gather information about the past ecology and stories, photos and insight about life in the watershed before the Causeway. See our LEK tab on the homepage to see everything we acquired!
Mitton Farm Restoration: We worked with a local farmer to restore an eroding bank to reduce sedimentation into precious salmon spawning habitat on the Little River. This
Wild Encounters: We built bird and bee houses for installation at Moncton City parks. The habitats will attract friendly wildlife to parks, and will be focused in low-income areas where children may not have regular access to wild areas. Children helped to paint the habitats before they were installed at local block party events. Benefits are twofold: increased available habitat for wildlife, and increased educational opportunities for our young people.
The Blue Action Committee (2015-2016): We created a project connecting high school students to professionals in the water and wildlife sectors. This involves immersing them in field work, as well as creating the first ever EcoSeries in the watershed, highlighting different career paths of speakers who come to share local ecological knowledge with the students.
Bio-monitoring using Benthic Macroinvertebrates (2015-2016): The year we conducted sampling using Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) protocols to supplement our data on the health of the streams within the Petitcodiac Watershed. This fall we will be collecting samples at 10 more sites to help us develop the “bigger picture” relating to water quality, and the health of the organisms which call these streams and rivers home.
Fish Community Monitoring (2009-2016): The PWA is the current chair of the Petitcodiac Fish Recovery Coalition (PFRC). We formerly assisted monitoring of a Fyke net trap on the Petitcodiac River in Salisbury.
The Petitcodiac River Restoration Project: This summer we enhanced a section of the Petitcodiac River along the Route 106 highway in the Village of Petitcodiac. This included activating the floodplain area, armouring a section of the streambank, adding rock spurs along the toe, and adding several boulder clusters where the sediment on the stream bottom had been washed away leaving only exposed bedrock due to the velocity of the water. We finished this project off with planting several native trees and shrubs above the restored bank and below in the floodplain.
PWA Fundraiser Dinner: The PWA has recently launched our “Love your Chocolate River” Valentine’s Dinner & Silent Auction charity fundraiser. All of the proceeds will go towards the Blue Action Committee in the form of $500 scholarships, workshops, field training, and mentoring. In 2016, we were able to give 3 bursaries to members of our community.
2014 & Earlier
American Eel Monitoring: Eel ladder installation & monitoring at Irishtown Nature Park in partnership with Université de Moncton (2011-2014)
Pollinator Park (2012)
Pollett River and Little River Mitigation Plan (2012)
Low Impact Development Project (2011)
Breau Creek Waterfront Park Project (2008)
Memramcook Home Depot Project (2008)
Jonathan Creek Culvert Assessment (2007)
Greening your Greens Project: Best management practices for Golf Courses (2006)
Land Conservation Project (2006)
Stream Fencing Report: Improving agricultural practices in our watershed (2004)
Habitat Assessments for the preliminary New Brunswick Provincial Water Classification Designation (1997-2003)