Image: John Chilibeck (accessed from the Nashwaak Watershed Association)

Riparian area recovery project New Brunswick:

“Some very thirsty trees are being planted this week beside the Nashwaak River on a huge chunk of city land, part of a larger effort to restore the sensitive environment to its natural state. About a dozen Indigenous workers on Wednesday worked the land at Neil’s Flats, located just off of Canada Street on the north side. Hidden by a strip of silver maples, most of the more than 50 hectares is abandoned farmland, once used for haying. The thick grass has become its own habitat, preventing trees from growing.”

“The work is taking place thanks to a partnership between the Nashwaak Watershed Association, several Wolastoqey First Nations, the federal Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the municipality. Over the last few years, Indigenous workers who normally spend much of the warmer months doing fish counts as part of scientific surveys in the St. John River system have also joined the watershed association to help plant thousands of trees on two city-owned properties” – excerpt the Daily Gleaner

Other Projects in the area: The Woodstock First Nation Climate Monitoring Program, Woodstock, New Brunswick. The following image gallery shows local river and stream systems sampled for water quality parameters in 2019. These tributary streams lead into the Saint John river and play an important role in water quality of the overall watershed. Images from Kaitlin Gargus.