Let’s celebrate 25 years of environmental stewardship!
Incorporated as the Petitcodiac Water Monitoring Group in 1998, the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance has not only maintained our water quality monitoring program since our inception, but has also grown to include a number of activities that improve the health of our watershed. Click the button below for a list of our current and forthcoming projects.
The Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance is a registered environmental charity that restores and protects the ecological services of the water systems that flow into Shepody Bay through science-based research, action, and public outreach. These watersheds are comprised of a mosaic of ecologically significant ecosystems within the Fundy Biosphere Reserve in Southeastern New Brunswick, which is an area designated as a reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The veins of the watershed run through roughly 2,071 km2 of land with more than 30 tributaries flowing to the mouth of the Petitcodiac River, which span multiple municipal jurisdictions and support the most densely populated area in the province. The Petitcodiac River watershed drains into the Greater Moncton Area before flowing to the Shepody Bay into the Bay of Fundy.
The Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance’s team includes the Board of Directors and staff members, with important contributions from volunteers as well! We often hire several students to help with our projects, especially in the summer field season.
Head to the Get Involved section to know more about joining our team.
Kelsey has an extensive background working with not-for-profit and charitable organizations, holding various leadership positions and active as a developer and coordinator of many environmental, social enterprise, cooperative, social justice, and other projects. Kelsey holds many certifications including a Master of Environmental Management, a Bachelor of Philosophy in Leadership, a Permaculture Design Certificate, Wetland Delineation Certification, Project Management, and others. Kelsey is an avid learner, always seeking to expand her knowledge and understanding of topics that can improve her work.
Having a passion for the environment, Shane holds an Environmental Science degree from Mount Allison University with a minor in biology and astronomy as well as a NBCC diploma in electronic engineering technology majoring in alternate energy systems. He has also been trained for wetland delineations, geomorphic assessments, and others. His goal is to help improve the environment in the Petitcodiac watershed through remediation projects and educational outreach. Shane has been with the PWA since 2018 and is a valued member of our team.
Communications and Outreach Specialist
Sam holds a Bachelors in Information-Communication, and specializes in motion graphics and illustration. He is passionate about the interaction between humans and their environment, which makes him right at home here at the PWA. When he’s not out in the woods identifying the plants that grow there, he’s learning new ways to make better visuals about nature. From Moncton, he has spent most of his life exploring this watershed and the ones nearby. He loves a good nature hike or backcountry camping trip!
Communications and Outreach Specialist
Michelle is passionate about making environmental science accessible to everyone and is eager to help the PWA bridge the gap between science, communication, and community engagement. Michelle is originally from New Hampshire and is currently finishing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at Mount Allison University. In her free time, she is an artist and photographer who loves exploring the outdoors, kayaking, and paddle boarding.
Brutus R. Wilson
Director of Non-Human Resources & Head Field Dog
Brutus is highly skilled in community engagement and maintains a strong network of collaborators across the province. Always ready to help with fieldwork, he also reminds his coworkers to take breaks and step outside during office days. Like the rest of our team, he is very curious and enjoys investigating what he finds out in the field. Brutus is excited to be part of the PWA team, and to be able to contribute in whatever way he can.
Michael is a dedicated and valued volunteer, having worked with a variety of both local and national organizations. His combined love of the outdoors and his keen interest in waterways makes him a great fit in the PWA. He is proud to play a role in the restoration of the Petitcodiac River, and the return of Atlantic Salmon to our waterways.
Director and Founding Member
As a founding member of the PWA, Alyre brings to the board a wealth of organizational knowledge and history. He is also a recently retired professor of the University of Moncton with a B.Sc. in Biology, a M.Sc. in Zoology, and a Ph.D. focusing on the Ecology of fish. Alyre is an engaged board member, always ready to provide guidance or lend a hand in our fieldwork.
Charlie is a husband, father of two, and grandfather of four beautiful humans. With an education in ‘life and common sense’, Charlie is a hunter, angler, archer, sport shooter, fly-tier and inherent conservationist. He has a combined 25+ years in community leadership roles, including with the NB Wildlife Federation, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the Moncton Fish and Game association, the Federal Hunting and Angling Advisory Committee, and of course the PWA. He has also participated in Federal workshops dealing with changes to the Fisheries Act and invasive species.