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

What’s NEW?

We may not update the website a great deal, but there are always little changes going on here and there! We thought it might make more sense to have a page you can click on to see what’s new, improved, or just a little different on SAWIG’s site. We will then include a link to the changed or added page for you to look in greater detail. Thanks for dropping by!

BUILD-A-BIRDFEEDER EVENT: CHRISTMAS EDITION! — SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3

BUILD-A-BIRDFEEDER EVENT

COMMUNITY GARDENS EXPANSION IS WELL UNDERWAY!

The Town of Stratford has approved the budget to both expand the community gardens by adding another 30 plots of various sizes, and to fix up the existing beds and walkways. SAWIG is an intricate part of these gardens, and our watershed coordinator/community garden manager is busy assisting the town with this large undertaking. It’s looking amazing! Thanks to David Ellis and Steve Crosby, seasonal town staff who stayed on to complete this project. They are a great duo who are working hard and doing fantastic!! In addition to our regular plot sizes (6x12ft and 10x17ft), we are also including 4×12 extra high raised beds for those with mobility and back issues, as well as 10x12ft plots that include a separated section called “kids plots”; these small little sections are for kids who are seeking to do some gardening on their own! 🙂 

Watch our social media outlets for updates! Twitter: @StratfordWater and Facebook: @Stratford Area Watershed

FINAL REPORT IS OUT FROM THE SUMMER

The summer is all done and the final report is in! This document outlines all of the activities that were accomplished over the summer, as well as some highlights and recommendations for the future. Click here to enjoy!

PONDSIDE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE #1

We are finally good to go with the construction of the first pedestrian bridge across Pondside stream behind Pondside park. We have been planning this for over a year and we are finally in the field getting’er done! First off, we would like to thank Sherwood Timbermart for giving us the materials for 50% off..wonderful!! Second, thanks to some volunteers from HMCS Queen Charlotte for spending their Friday (and Saturday!) to help us construct it. What a great start to September!

POLLINATOR GARDEN!

We are SO excited to have completed phase 1 of our pocket pollinator garden at Reddin Park. We have gone as far as we can this year; thanks to Kelly, Kelley, Jesper, and the boys from Parks & Rec (Wes, Willie and Shawn) for the unbelievable help. The garden may look unfinished and messy at this point, but the critical stage has been completed and we look forward to finishing it up over the next 1-2 years!!!

See Kelly/Kelley’s blog for updates on it: https://sawigsummer2016.wordpress.com/

SUMMER STUDENT’S

We want to say welcome back to Kelly Drake, who is joining us for the 3rd year in the row. This girl is amazing, and now possesses the experience to take that extra step/initiative and get things done! We are thrilled to have her back!

Welcome to Jesper Thompson, who is working part-time with the watershed throughout the summer. This man is a workhorse; we are fortunate to have him around to lift the stuff that weighs as much as Kelly!

You will no doubt see them around the watershed; watch for our sign that shows we are working in the area…we take it around with us!

Jesper Thompson and Kelly Drake performing nitrate and phosphate testing (2 parameters in their weekly water testing). They were then about to go tree planting!

 

TREE DAYS

The watershed group has hosted several tree sales throughout the last month, as we work to try and encourage and excite people to plant native trees in their own backyards. We advertise through the blog on this site, as well as on social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter) and via email. Interested in joining the email list to get our updates? Click here! Don’t worry, we only send out emails once in awhile!

 

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