Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group: A Glimpse into the Exciting World of Watersheds on Prince Edward Island

Welcome to the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group!

The Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group (SAWIG) was incorporated in 2009 by a group of community members concerned with the health and sustainability of the Stratford area watershed. The process began with regularly held meetings among interested area residents. These included members of the agricultural sector, landowners, government representatives, as well as various local organizations and businesses. The result of public meetings was a list of concerns and goals to be addressed by the watershed group.

With all aspects of life depending on the health of an area’s water resources, it is imperative that every effort be made to enhance and improve water quality. All flora and fauna in the region are connected to the watershed, and any activity performed; therefore, has an impact on the entire system. Given this interconnection, it is crucial the watershed includes all facets of the environment in its planning and implementation.

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Feel free to contact us anytime at 902-367-3605 or at .



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  1. Hello, I am a resident and would like information on obtaining some trees for planting on my lot..I was told your group makes them available. Please email me with information!

    • Hello Sonja,

      Our group does have trees available at certain times of the year for residents free-of-charge. I can send you our Tree Planting Guide, which lists most of the common Acadian Forest trees we have available to us through Forestry, and where they should be planted etc. The next batch we will be getting in will be sometime in early May, 2014…seems far away but it will be here before we know it!

      I am sending the guide to the email address I see here; I look forward to hearing your choice/order for trees and shrubs! Please note that if you have a lot of space and trees to plant, my summer staff can help out with that.

      Please feel free to contact me at any time through this website, or at

      Kelley Arnold,
      Watershed Coordinator

  2. I read the article today about fixing up Kelly’s pond. This is very good news and I’m excited to see the progress!
    I do have a few questions though…
    There is also another pond below that one with a dam separating it from the Hillsborough River. Will this pond get some attention as well? From what I understand it also had some phenomenal fishing for trout but also white perch however the water levels have been reduced significantly over the years. I think the dam was simply let go but it still holds some water.
    Can wild trout access Kelly’s pond? From what is visible it does not look like a very good fish ladder getting into the pond.
    The ponds above Kelly’s connected? I’m referring to the ones near Fox Meadow golf course. And will they get some attention as well?

    • Hi Rick,

      Thanks for contacting us! It has been a long time coming, and although the timing of the restoration will be partially dependent on whether we receive external funding (this project will have a high price tag attached to it!), we are happy to be moving ahead. The lower pond (Stewart’s Cove area) will be back on the table at some point; I was hired on as a student years and years ago to talk to residents about what they would like to see done with the pond/berm, and even then there was a wide variety of opinions. As we move throughout the system we will start to look at that.

      There is no fish access from the Hillsborough River into Kelly Pond, due to the nature of the culvert structure under Keppoch Road. As there is no plans to replace that structure in the near future, fishing in Kelly pond will be the result of stocking.

      Moore’s Pond on Stratford Road will also be restored (pending permits of course), but we are still in discussions about whether to tackle Kelly or Moore’s Pond first. There are arguments for both sides!

      Stay tuned for updates!

      Kelley Arnold, Watershed Coordinator

  3. Hey,
    I’m a life long resident of Stratford and would like to become more involved. Could you let me know when your next meeting is?


    • Hi Dan,

      Thanks for contacting the watershed group; we love to hear from residents, and are especially thrilled to have people contact us with an interest in helping out! We do not have a great deal of public meetings I’m afraid, but I would be more than happy to meet with you at this point to chat about how you would like to be involved, and what aspects of the work we do might fit in with your interests. Although we have a great deal of events, the last couple of years has only seen ~1-2 public meetings per year (including our annual meeting in the spring).

      Please let me know if you would like to meet with me to start, and we can certainly go from there! I can be reached via the website, at or at 367-3605.

      Cheers, Kelley
      Watershed Coordinator

  4. Hi. Do you still have the free of charge trees in spring? I have a property where i would like to plant a tree line and also closer to the house for shade.
    Thank you

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