The Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group (SAWIG) has been incorporated since 2009. As almost 10 years has passed since we began this fantastic journey, we have been fortunate to build strong partnerships with multiple stakeholders within the watersheds we care for.
Community involvement and partnerships are fundamental to implementing a successful watershed management strategy.
A few of our partners are listed below:
TOWN OF STRATFORD
The Town of Stratford is our closest and most invaluable partner. Since the group’s ‘birth’ in 2008, the town has been tremendously supportive, offering office space and all of the services associated with an office; additionally, the group is privy to staff and vehicles when its necessary (i.e. moving trees and large equipment). In turn, SAWIG’s watershed coordinator has worked comprehensively with the town on its water conservation initiatives, sustainability file, and municipal tree planting programs. Recently, several staff members have now taken on assisting the group with its weekly water quality testing. This intertwined partnership has yielded wonderful results within the town and watershed area, and we look forward to its continuation and growth.
PEI WATERSHED ALLIANCE
The Prince Edward Island Watershed Alliance (PEIWA) is non-profit cooperative association of watershed management groups on Prince Edward Island. It is the ‘hub’ of watersheds on PEI, with the overall goal to improve and protect the environmental quality of Prince Edward Island watersheds, for the benefit of all Island residents. “The Alliance shall empower Island watershed groups to achieve their goals by promoting cooperation, by serving their needs and by providing a strong, united voice in addressing Island-wide watershed issues”. SAWIG is a founding member of this umbrella group, with its watershed coordinator now sitting on the board of directors of the alliance for 2017-2020.
HILLSBOROUGH AREA WATERSHED CO-OP (HAWC)
The Hillsborough Area Watershed Co-op (HAWC) is a cooperative between the 4 watershed organizations that border the historic Hillsborough River. This organization was formed after the province encouraged groups to amalgamate or partner, thus ensuring greater financial stability in the future. Each watershed group is distinct and separate, coming together at various times to partner on larger projects or share knowledge and manpower.
STRATFORD ARMY CADETS CORPS #20
The Stratford army cadets have been actively participating in various tree planting or cleanup events since the group began in 2008. The cadets are enthusiastic and willing to help, often challenging each other at events to plants as many trees as possible or cleanup the most garbage. They are a delight to have at any event, and we look forward to working with them in the future.
There would be no watershed group, period, if there were no interested residents within the watersheds we serve. Residents not only make up the board of directors and members, but serve as important and vital partners. We would like to acknowledge the hours that volunteers put into the group via events and activities, program and initiatives. Thank you to all who support our group and act as partners within our communities.