That’s a wrap for our 2019 field season and what a productive season it was! During 2019 our field crew maintained 28 km of stream channel and on top of that we restored ~4 km of new sections of river in the West River and Clyde River watershed areas. While working on these sections of river the goal is to allow the stream to flow freely while maintaining productive salmonid habitat components. The techniques our crew used during our restoration process involved 14 brushmats, 5 new flow deflectors, 78 cover structures, 89 riffles enhanced with boulder clusters, 28 spawning sites and two of our sediment by-pass ponds were re-excavated. Along with our instream activities our crew worked to improve riparian habitat and restore the Acadian forest in other upland areas by planting ~1,600 native trees and shrubs. Many partnerships occurred during these tree planting events which involved; UPEI, Hunter-Clyde Watershed Group, and Parks Canada.
Other projects that occurred over the field season included our salmon fry release in June which resulted in ~30,000 juvenile salmon being released in our headwater regions of Brookvale and Howell’s Brook with the hopes they’ll return in the future and increase our local populations. We partnered with Bluefield High and built a new dock/fishing platform at Carragher’s Pond, which was funded by the Wildlife Conservation Fund. We also hosted two volunteer days and one golf fundraising event and we’d sincerely like to thank everyone who came out and helped out!
Our funding partners were: Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Fund, Canada Summer Jobs fund, Dept. of Communities, Land & Environment, and the Dept. of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy. Other project supporters involved the University of Prince Edward Island, the Abegweit Biodiversity Enhancement Hatchery, Parks Canada, and many other watershed groups. Stay in tune for upcoming events for next year and we look forward to another productive year in 2020!