Kensington North Watersheds Association

2013 News

Flagship Project Update

(2013-08-30) The construction phase of the Flagship Project has been completed for the summer. Natural seepage from the adjacent stream eliminated the planned interval between construction of the new channel and the decommissioning of the old stream alignment and the fish ladder. The interval had been planned to allow vegetation to get established and stabilise the banks. After the new channel was opened and the old one was blocked off, several hundred fish of various sizes were rescued and transferred to the new stream channel.

Over the last couple of weeks the seeded grass has started to sprout and take hold. The fast running water in upper part of the new channel has already found a gravel bottom.

Last Monday, local MLA, Wes Sheridan viewed the project with land owners Glenn and Rhena Rochefort, the contractor, Errol Thompson, and several Board members and staff of the Association. Everyone is pleased with the results so far.

On Thursday, Vickie Arsenault presented a cheque for $1000 towards the cost of the project on behalf of the Malpeque Bay Credit Union. On hand to receive the cheque were Barry Murray, Executive Director, Ches Boutilier, President, David Cody, Admin Assistant and Harold Barker, Secretary.

Additional support from the PEI Wildlife Conservation Fund, Syngenta Canada and the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program has helped to make this project a reality.

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Photo credits: KNWSA Staff except where explicitly noted below.

Old dam & fish ladder Cleaned up site Removing broken dam Digging new channel Checking channel grade with transit New seeded channel Work area seeded & mulched Fish rescued from old channel
Fish released into new channel Installing water level stick Old fish culvert Fish culvert removal Demolition of old fish way Almost done! Credit: Ron Huybers Old waterwheel for generating power Project signage
Aerial view of site, May 2013. Credit: Ron Huybers Aerial view of site, Aug 2013. Credit: Ron Huybers

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