Kensington North Watersheds Association
Water Act Update
(2018-01-16) Last week after the Board of Directors meeting, Bruce Raymond, Manager of Water and Air Monitoring for PEI Department of Communities, Land and Environment, gave a presentation to a number of local members and growers on the current status of the new Water Act.
Mr. Raymond provided background information on the Consultation Process and elaborated on the various sections of the new Act. He answered many questions from those in attendance.
Click here to view an editted version of his presentation.
(2017-12-31) Speaker presentations from the recent Invasive Species Workshop held in Kensington are now available on-line.
Recognising Our Funding Partners
(2017-12-30) Kensington North Watersheds Association is a non-profit group which implements a wide variety of projects associated with wildlife habitat restoration, stream enhancement, tree planting, soil conservation and other activities associated with clean water for the residents, wildlife, and industries in our local watershed area.
We are governed by a volunteer board who, assisted by staff, create work plans and seek funding for projects. The work plan is matched with funding opportunities, and projects are created and carried out. Our dedicated volunteers and staff perform the work with passion, and with great efficiency.
We are proud to have partnered with the following funders in 2017:
Executive Director Position
(2017-12-08) The Association is actively seeking a qualifed individual to fill the position of Executive Director. Applications will be received until Dec. 12th, 2017.
Click here to access Job Bank posting.
Invasive Species Workshop to be held in Kensington
(2017-11-20) Invasive species are defined as organisms (plant, animal, fungus, or bacterium) that are not native and that have negative effects on a region's economy, environment, or public health.
PEI has a long and difficult history with invasive species. Dandelions, quack grass, skunks, green crab, and Colorado Potato Beetle are just a few examples of invasive species that have given Islanders grief.
Invasive species come to PEI by many different means. Horticultural plants sometimes escape gardens. Low quality farm seed many not be sufficiently cleaned and may contain invasive weed seed. Forest pests are often transported in firewood by unsuspecting campers. Aquatic invasive species travel in bilge water and attach to the hulls of boats and ships.
Many invasive species are so well established that eradication is all but impossible. Some need to be controlled to minimize their impact on the environment, the economy and human health. Others invasive species have not yet arrived on PEI, and there is a need to be know and recognize them so they can be identified quickly and appropriate measures can be taken to minimize their impact if and when they arrive.
Kensington North Watersheds Association is hosting an Invasive Species Workshop on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm at the Agricultural Insurance Corporation Boardroom, 7 Gerald McCarville Drive. The speakers will be:
Both Andrew and David are active members of the PEI Invasive Species Council, have considerable experience and knowledge with and of invasive species.
Planting Willow Riparian Buffers
(2017-08-30) The Hon. Lawrence MacAulay announced a new Greenhouse Gas research initiative to demonstrate the effectiveness of willow riparian buffer systems to store carbon thus mitigating GHGs. The five year project will be led by the East Prince Agri-Environment Association (EPAA) in collaboration with Soil Health Specialist Dr. David Burton from Dalhousie University.
"To broaden the demonstration we have partnered with the Kensington North Watersheds Association and the Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation to reach famers beyond our area. This is a very exciting project that is made possible by our close working relationship with AAFC researchers and technicians and the financial support from AAFC's GHG Mitigation Program" said Andrea McKenna, Manager of the East Prince Agri-Environment Association.
Two Master of Science students will be hired. One to determine the impact of a willow riparian buffer system on GHG balance of agricultural transition areas in potato cropping systems and one to examine the uses of willow biomass after potato harvest. During the project, a total of twelve sites will be planted across the island. If successful we hope more producers will adopt this important Agro-Forestry Best Management Practice.
Click here for the full media release.
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