We are looking for a young person to join our team this fall to help with our ongoing watershed enhancement projects.
Please review the entire job description before applying.Share on Facebook
After some funding delays, we are currently looking for a suitable person to be our “Monitoring and restoration intern” for the next 6 months. Before applying, please ensure that you meet ALL the Essential Qualifications. We cannot hire someone for this position unless they meet all the program criteria that are listed.
Note – we have extended the closing date for this position to Aug 16.Share on Facebook
There will be road work happening on the Suffolk Road starting on Monday July 12. The dirt section at the north end of the road will be closed to through traffic, so detours will be in place. The work is expected to take at least 1.5 weeks, but could go longer. Fields along this road are still accessible from either north or south of the stream. There will likely be a higher traffic traffic volume on the East Suffolk Road over this time period.
We are working with the Department of Transportation to have the culvert replaced at Tim’s Creek. Currently there are two culverts at this site, both of which are problematic for fish passage and also do not allow adequate water flow during major flooding events.
The replacement culvert will be an innovative design to better allow fish passage through the area. This project is funded through our partnerships with the PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, and with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.Share on Facebook
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 26th from 7 to 9 pm at the Tracadie Cross Community Centre (located on Station Road – between St. Peter’s Road and Donaldston Road). However, if there is a change in public health guidance, we will shift to a Zoom meeting.
Our guest speaker will be Shawn Schofield, who will discuss the “Agriculture and Environment Unit and Their Role in Government.”
Advanced registration is mandatory for all attendees. Call Sarah at 902-314-9293 or email info@WinterTracadie.ca to provide your name, phone number, number of attendees in your group, and an email address. The email address will be used to provide a Zoom meeting link if we need to pivot to a virtual meeting.
Due to public health rules, masks must be worn at all times during the meeting, and therefore snacks will not be provided.
Despite the pandemic changes, we still hope to see many of our residents and supporters at the meeting.Share on Facebook
We are looking for new board members in advance of our AGM planned for May 26. While any volunteer would be welcome, we are making a special effort to increase the diversity within our board by encouraging more women to consider joining. We also value a wide diversity of employment and education backgrounds, so fisheries or aquaculture experience would be an especially welcome addition to our group.
For more information, contact our coordinator (and former board member) Sarah Wheatley by emailing info@WinterTracadie.ca or calling/texting 902-314-9293.Share on Facebook
We are starting recruitment early for two key positions – Field Supervisor and Chainsaw Operator. Check out the job descriptions for each position. Note: you can click on the position name to see the file without downloading it.
To apply, send a résumé and cover letter to Sarah Wheatley, Watershed Coordinator at 630 Suffolk Road, Dunstaffnage PEI, C1C 0P6 OR info@WinterTracadie.ca
Applications will be received and evaluated until April 1 or suitable candidates are found.Share on Facebook
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we have decided not to host our annual snowshoe hike this year. We encourage individuals to enjoy the outdoors within our watershed on their own this winter, and we hope to return to our annual tradition again next winter.Share on Facebook
At this time of year we like to recognize all the organizations that helped fund our projects this field season. We are already starting to prepare for next summer!Share on Facebook
Due to the pandemic, we delayed our Annual General Meeting and annual newsletter from spring to fall. Our AGM will be different this year, as many things are different now. We will be holding the meeting via Zoom on Wednesday September 16, from 7-9pm. If you would like to participate, please email info@WinterTracadie.ca or call 902-314-9293. Those who register will receive a link to join the meeting.
If you haven’t used Zoom before, we have a document with instructions we can share. Upon request, we could also hold a test meeting to help anyone practice using the system. On the day of AGM there won’t be much opportunity to help those who might have beginner’s challenges.
Hope some of you can join us virtually for the meeting.Share on Facebook
In March of this year restrictions of the movement and gathering of people due to COVID-19 were put in place on PEI. These restrictions resulted in the Board of Directors for the Winter River – Tracadie Bay Watershed Association deciding that the annual general meeting (AGM) would be postponed until the fall when hopefully COVID-19 restrictions will allow a face-to-face meeting. As they become available, preliminary annual reports as would normally be shared at the AGM will be posted to the WRTBWA’s website with the full reports presented at the AGM in the fall.
At the May 2019 AGM a Board of 11 Directors was formed comprising of three new Directors and eight returning Directors. As per the By-Laws, there shall be not less than six and not more than 12 Directors. At the Executive Meeting held May 29, 2019 it was unanimously decided that the executive for 2019 would consist of Chair – Clare Martin, Vice Chair – George Coade, Secretary – Ryan Winters, and Treasurer – Lowell Vessey.
As a non-profit organization we rely on funding from government (federal, provincial, and municipal), non-government organizations, and donations. Each funder grants money to the Association with conditions of how their grant is to be used. For examples, some funders provide money for salaries, some provide funds to support a specific project, while a few funds are more flexible and can be used for overhead such as office expenses. Well into the 2019 summer season, the Association learned that some funders’ grants would be significantly reduced compared to previous years. This resulted in using some of the Association’s reserve fund to complete the projects in progress and commitments to staff salaries. Inconsistent funding makes budgeting for staff and projects a constant challenge for the Association. This is one reason we maintain a reserve fund.
During 2019, high school and post-secondary students were employed to complete the Association’s projects under the direction of the Watershed Coordinator. The Association emphasizes providing interested students with environmental work experience. The PEI Watershed Alliance also supports the learning of the Association’s staff by providing workshops on specific topics such as fish passage. The Alliance either conducts the workshop itself or arranges for various experts to deliver a workshop to staff from interested watershed groups around PEI.
The Association also provided our own environmental learning opportunities to school groups ranging from elementary to the post- secondary level. As well, in September a corporate group was hosted by the Association for their annual community volunteering event.
Learning opportunities for the general public included organizing a snowshoe hike and later a Lady Slipper hike using the Winter River Trail. Additionally, a booth staffed by the Association was set up at the Canada Day Celebration held at the North Shore Community Centre. Presently, a trail is being constructed through the Association’s Suffolk property. The trail will allow for self-guiding educational opportunities for the general public through what will become a demonstration area for our group.
This past year the Association hosted a series of meetings with farmers in the area. The meetings highlighted the work of the Watershed Association and helped us gain a better understanding of how the Watershed Association can work with the farmers to maintain or improve the quality of the land and water resources within our watershed. The Association felt that these meetings were very productive due to the exchange of information and concerns.
During 2019, the City of Charlottetown’s Miltonvale Park wellfield (located outside our watershed) became operational. The Miltonvale Park wellfield now supplies 25% of Charlottetown’s water supply, to be used by residents, visitors, industry, and businesses. Therefore, less water is needed from the City’s wells located in Brackley and Union Road. The Association continues to meet with officials from the City of Charlottetown and the Provincial government to share information on watershed management and concerns related to water extraction from our watershed for use by the City of Charlottetown.
In the fall of 2019, the Association responded to the Province’s invitation to provide feedback to the proposed Water Extraction Regulations. Five Board members attended the October 30th public meeting in Charlottetown. The Board also met privately with Deputy Minister of Environment and provincial staff on November 7th to present the Association’s particular concerns with the proposed water extraction regulations.
In September, MLAs from all parties were invited to meet with the Association to highlight concerns over land use and water extraction within the watershed. The Mayor from the City of Charlottetown also joined this meeting. The Association considered the meeting to be quite successful as there was a high level of engagement and interest from the attending politicians and government officials.
As always, the Board of Directors for the Winter River – Tracadie Bay Watershed Association encourages the residents of our watershed to bring to the attention of the Board any concerns or questions they have about what is happening in the watershed.Share on Facebook