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

Summer 2017

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The Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group (SAWIG) has been SO fortunate to have a student return for several years; watershed groups always say it’s a treat to have people come back over and over!! We are dedicated to the hiring of local students to help us with our environmental improvement, and 2017 is no different.

SAWIG welcomes back Kelly Drake for a 4th season. Kelly is a motivated, eager and strong young woman who has essentially grown up working in the Stratford and surrounding watersheds. With her experience comes confidence, and we are super fortunate to have her come back this summer!

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Kelly Drake (photo: Kelley Farrar)

We had a tremendously busy summer, with a very ambitious daily workplan for the 8 week summer term! We would like to thank Jesper Thompson for helping us 2 days a week; Jesper worked for the Town of Stratford for the summer, but split his weeks between watershed, town and community gardens. We were also happy to host Cameron Jenkins for a week this year to help us in the streams and perform some stream and forest assessment (thanks to PEI Trappers Association, and fellow member of the Hillsborough Area Watershed Co-op for lending us Cameron!). Finally, SAWIG thanks watershed coordinator, Kelley Farrar, for spending a good portion of the summer out in the field with the crew.

What sorts of things were we up to this summer? Among many others, some of our tasks included:

  • stream enhancement in a variety of local waterways
  • forest assessments
  • riparian zone assessments
  • wetland assessment
  • coastal zone assessment (5 year mark)
  • tree planting
  • hosting of Little blessings day camp for an afternoon of environmental activities
  • annual participation in the Spruce Budworm monitoring program

and much, MUCH more!

Interested in seeing what the group was up to? Click here to read Kelly’s blog!

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