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 in 2015
Water Quality Monitoring Program: Our 18th 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 Water Guardian Project: Our second year of campaigning 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. This year, 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.

The Broken Brooks Project: Our third year of a project aimed at assessing culverts in fish bearing streams throughout the watershed to determine the amount of habitat available for fish and determining locations of blockages. We assessed 50 culverts each year, and performed several debris removals and rock weir installations on streams within the Pollett and Little River sub-watersheds. This created access for fish to 57km of upstream habitat that was previously blocked!

Wood Turtle Monitoring and Stewardship Project: During the last three summers, the PWA has 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.

Fish Community Monitoring: The PWA is the current chair of the Petitcodiac Fish Recovery Coalition (PFRC). We currently assist Fort Folly Habitat Recovery at the PFRC Fish trap on the Petitcodiac River in Salsibury.

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.

Bio-monitoring using Benthic Macroinvertebrates: 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.

Salmon Surveys: We participated in population surveys for the critically endangered IBoF Atlantic Salmon with Fundy National Park and Fort Folly Habitat Recovery Program. We also helped with redd surveys with AMEC, FFHR, and DNR. You can Swim with Salmon for Science too. Join us!

Envirothon: Our Executive Director is a member of the steering committee for Envirothon NB. She has participated as a panelist and mentor at the competition for the past 3 years. This is a great program filled with youth who are passionate and interested in the learning about the environment and natural resources.

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.

The Blue Action Committee: 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.

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!

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. We hope that this will become an annual tradition for everyone who attends.

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 second 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 info@petitcodiacwatershed.org

Past Projects
Habitat Assessments for the preliminary New Brunswick Provincial Water Classification Designation (1997-2003)

Stream Fencing Report: Improving agricultural practices in our watershed (2004)

Land Conservation Project (2006)

Jonathan Creek Culvert Assessment (2007)

Greening your Greens Project: Best management practices for Golf Courses (2006)

Breau Creek Waterfront Park Project (2008)

Memramcook Home Depot Project (2008)

Low Impact Development Project (2011)

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)

Pollett River Run Stewardship Project (2015)