Fish Kills


Download a PDF version of

Prince Edward Island has suffered from hundreds of years of neglect and often outright abuse.  Though this is slowly changing, at one time people thought nothing of ploughing right up to the edge of a waterway, allowing silt and pesticides to freely move into the water, or to drive harvesting machines right across a brook.  The provincial government has brought in minimal buffer zone legislation, but in many cases the riparian zones do not adequately protect the waterways.  This project will expand and/or create 20 new buffer zones along Island waterways in thirty different areas across the province.  Once grown, these plantings will have the ability to reduce the infiltration of pollutants into the water.

Nitrate levels are increasing in groundwater as well, which is of particular concern as PEI is 100% dependant upon groundwater for drinking.  Based on data collected at groundwater nitrate testing clinics, over 70% of the Island’s groundwater shows artificially elevated levels of nitrate, some of which exceed Canadian guidelines for safe drinking water. Increasing forest cover in headwater and riparian areas helps to alleviate this problem.

Sedimentation of waterways has been an ongoing problem for many years.  PEI has highly erodible soil and this combined with intensive agricultural land use, development and road maintenance results in significant amounts of sediment entering watercourses.  This damages and destroys fish habitat, reduces water depth and affects fisheries. Riparian areas play key roles in preventing sedimentation from entering watercourses.  Increased unsustainable forestry operations are reducing the amount of recharge areas in headwaters and riparian areas and reducing biodiversity to such an extent that native seed sources are no longer available. Restoring native species to these areas will help re-establish protective forest cover.  Although watershed groups across PEI are becoming increasingly active in protecting and preserving our water resources, there is a need for stable support to help each group achieve its goals. By providing accessible hands-on training we would be equipping groups with the knowledge needed to continue riparian and headwater protection efforts.



Upcoming Events

9:00 am SWE Woodland Ecology I: Introduc...
SWE Woodland Ecology I: Introduc...
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Woodland Ecology I: Introduction to Forest Stewardship This course helps landowners gain the knowledge and skills they need to enjoy, improve and manage their own woodlot whether it be creating better access, harvesting wood or
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods, looking at both plants and animals. This is a great outing for people of all ages.
9:00 am SWE Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and...
SWE Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and...
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and Felling Spring Session: Saturday, April 11th Fall Session: Saturday,November 7th When trying to manage a forest, being informed about the specific composition of species, soils, water and light is a
9:00 am SWE Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenan...
SWE Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenan...
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenance and Felling Spring Session: Sunday, April 12th Fall Session: Sunday,November 8th This course will continue to build on skills learned in Basic Chainsaw I. The morning will be devoted to learning

Nursery Catalogue

Calendar of Events

Newsletter Sign Up

Subscribe to our Mailing List