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Water Use and Nitrates Highlighted at the KNWSA AGM

2013-05-22) The Annual General Meeting of the Kensington North Watersheds Association was held on Wednesday May 8 at the St. Thomas Church Hall in Spring Brook. The business part of the meeting went quickly, with various reports, the election of directors, etc., all being accepted by the members present as in order. Notable business included the progress on the Flagship Project, cleaning up the broken dam and poor fish passage where the Spring Valley Brook meets the head of tide in Burlington. To date, $5500 of the estimated $8000 required for stage one of the project has been raised. There was also discussion on the creation of a Water Conservation Strategy for Kensington North.

One recommendation that came from our Nitrate Stakeholders Plan to reduce nitrates in groundwater and surface water in the upper reaches of the Southwest River was that an agronomist should be hired to assist with nutrient planning issues. Funding for such a position was found, and a very qualified agronomist from Warren Grove, Harvey Cairns, has been hired. More news on this issue to come at a later date.

A great little lunch was prepare by St. Thomas Anglican Women, including crab sandwiches!

Our guest speaker was Bruce Smith of the Winter River - Tracadie Bay Watershed Association. The group there has seen some of their streams dry up early for the past few years, largely due to the volume of water that is being extracted from wells in that watershed for the City of Charlottetown. Wells were drilled too close together, and too much water was extracted from too small an area. This resulted in the drying up of streams and destruction of fish and other wildlife habitat in some of the upper reaches. Bruce noted that declining health of a community's streams and wetlands cannot be taken lightly, as wildlife, residents, farming, and other business all need clean water in ample supply to flourish.

These hard learned lessons are points that the citizens and water users of Kensington North need to consider as we prepare a strategy to ensure a clean and sufficient supply of water for now and for the future.

The article can be found online in The County Line Courier, Vol. 21, No. 10, Pg. 4.

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