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A Water Strategy for Kensington North

(2013-04-24) Water issues are recently making headlines and causing concern across the country, around the world, and here on PEI. The combined demands of growing population and economic activity has created stresses on our waters that has resulted in a reduction in water supply and habitat for fish and wildlife in many locations. Models for climate change paint a grim picture for the future of water supply in many parts of the world.

We are indeed fortunate on PEI to have our water table recharged on a regular basis. The snow and rain that makes our maritime climate often grey and damp provides us with a dependable source of water. Climate change models indicate that we will continue to be supplied with ample rainfall in the decades to come, even though many parts of the world will experience severe water shortages.

That being said, we cannot afford to take our clean and ample supply of water for granted. On PEI we have seen localized water shortages, such as in the Winter River/Tracadie Bay watershed, high nitrate levels in some agricultural areas, sewage spills, occasional fish kills, and many areas of stressed habitat for fish and wildlife.

In a nutshell, things aren't real bad, but there's room and need for us to improve. Kensington North Watersheds is exploring ways of tying together water usage in our area into a general strategy. In the months to come, we will consult with water users big and small in our Kensington North area, try to raise our collective awareness to water issues, promote wise water use, and develop a plan that will help protect our water for all users in the decades ahead.

Bruce Smith is the Executive Director of the Winter Bay/Tracadie Bay Watershed. Their watershed is home to the majority of the wells that provide the City of Charlottetown with water. Increased demand for water, plus drier than normal summers has recently created a series of challenges for this watershed. Streams in the area have run dry, and valuable habitat has been damaged. Bruce will be the guest speaker at our Annual General Meeting to be held on May 8, 7:00 at the St. Thomas Anglican Church, 5559 Rte. 20 in Spring Brook. At that time, Bruce will share with us lessons that the Winter River/Tracadie Bay group has learned, which will no doubt serve us well as we look ahead.

Please join us at our AGM in Spring Brook. Residents of Kensington, rural residents, farmers, cottage owners, all are welcome.

The article can be found online in The County Line Courier, Vol. 21, No. 10, Pg. 1,5.

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