The Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance believes that residents in the watershed should learn more about their river and the plants and animals that live there! This fall, join us for some free public events that will help you get to know your watershed.
Wood Turtles! September 26, 6pm, Kentville Recreation Centre
Get to know the Mi’kMaw Conservation Group, October 12, 6pm, Kentville Recreation
Plan to attend, and please share these posts with your friends and family!
We are so pleased to share with you the final report from our first team of summer students! We were so lucky to have on our team Brendan Vibert, Ellen Hatt, Alex Young and Nikki Lloyd. They brought together their broad experience around sampling, data collection, biology, geology, and local indigenous knowledge to create a solid, friendly, hard-working team. The four of them worked independently on a list of projects and goals that the Alliance board provided to them. Some members of the board were able to check in with them every week or more, and guide them through their work, but they also had help from Acadia University, the Annapolis Valley First Nation, the Mikmaw Conservation Group, and the Friends of the Cornwallis River.
Want to know more about their findings? Read and share their final report here!
Our summer interns have done a fantastic job studying the river by foot and by canoe this summer! We were so lucky to have Brendan Vibert, Ellen Hatt, Alex Young and Nikki-Marie Lloyd who spent the summer exploring, collecting samples, taking notes, mapping, teaching, learning and having fun!
On August 23rd at the Kentville Recreation Centre from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, the team will host a public meeting and share their final report. If you want to learn more about the river for fishing, canoeing, irrigation, or anything else, you should come!
Come for a walk in the watershed – Learn about elms and insects on the Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed (Cornwallis River watershed) with members of the Watershed Alliance. This will be a free, casual, informative, family-friendly hike and conversation. Dr. Murray Colbo (bug expert) will lead a 15 minute walk to the river and we will talk about the ecological evolution of the site. Wear rubber boots. Everyone is welcome! Look for the black mailbox, please park on the lawn.
For more information, please contact jijuktukwejk @ gmail (dot) com
Over the past few months, a small team of Alliance members have been meeting to talk about the organization, and this has developed into an interim board of directors. Shelley Porter has taken on the role of Interim Chair of the Board, John Brazner, Sean Basquille and Sarah MacDonald have become interim board members, and I also sit on the board as the secretary, in addition to my role as coordinator.
This group has taken on planning the first Annual General Meeting on March 26th from 1-3pm at the Kentville Recreation Centre (350 Main Street). The meeting will include a presentation by Nick Hill from the Fernhill Institute for Plant Conservation about local plants and ecosystems in the Jijuktu’kwejk watershed. This will be followed by a short talk about the strategic direction of the Watershed Alliance, and then we will open the floor to hear about what members are concerned about in the watershed. We hope to have lots of members and new members attend and share their stories! The official AGM will be a short meeting from 3:00 to 3:30 to review our bylaws and present our financial report, but since we have no money it will also be a great photo opportunity!
This winter has also seen the JWA complete a Canada Summer Jobs federal grant for two summer students. We are hopeful that we will hear about this grant in April. The students will work together on two projects: the first is a clean up of the river along a stretch of the Jijuktu’kwejk River near the Annapolis Valley First Nation community. This work will include documenting the narrative from this area including existing conditions, special plants, community activities, historical use and stories, and community goals for restoring that section of the river. The second project is to collect data for the watershed and to outline areas with the highest priority for clean up, restoration, and areas with the greatest potential for positive change. This project will inform our organization’s path forward toward restoring other sections of the river throughout the year. I will be a great start to our research and our outreach to receive this grant and start working on the river!
Again, please plan to attend the first Annual General Meeting of the Jijuktu`kwejk Watershed Alliance on March 26th from 1-3pm at the Kentville Recreation Centre (350 Main Street). We need to learn from everyone`s stories of the watershed, and make the best plan for improving the river.
As our organization grows, we feel it is important to share with you what we are working on, and how we are working toward our goals and vision. We hope to post regular updates throughout the year to keep members and friends aware of our projects, programs and activities.
Over the summer, the Alliance has been meeting monthly, with 8-12 people attending meetings when they can. Members learn about our meetings through Facebook, the Grapevine, radio announcements, this website and other means. Our meetings are loosely structured, with a review of any past work or discussions, and then updates and discussions. Our discussions have focused on the name of the group, the vision and mission which form the base of our strategic plan, and also are the foundation of our incorporation as a non-profit society in Nova Scotia. Meetings are open to everyone who is interested in learning about the river. We have also developed a logo for the group, which is shown here.
In addition to these meetings, we also hosted a group paddle down the river in July, with more than 10 people putting canoes in at Lovett Road and floating down the river together. The group enjoyed the scenery and talked about the plants, trees, fish and other conditions along their path.
As our capacity is currently low for research at this time, we are actively looking for ways to learn more about the watershed. We have been fortunate to have connected with several groups who are already doing research on the Jijuktu’kwejk watershed this season, and we are helping them in any way we can. The Mikmaw Conservation Group is starting a two-year project exploring the impact of pesticides and other contaminants on the river. They are collecting samples and are reviewing data from the Friends of the Cornwallis River over the past decade, as well as using other datasets to look for long term trends. They have connected with the Annapolis Valley First Nation to learn more about traditional uses and sacred places along the river, and the impact of pollutants on these activities and places. As the MCG is launching their study, McCallum Environmental is finishing up their study of prioritizing wetland restoration sites along the north mountain of the watershed. This project is extremely valuable to our work in the future- as we hope to be able to apply for funding to restore some of the high priority wetlands, when our capacity allows it. During their public consultation we were able to share datasets and maps with them that greatly improved their study. Finally, we are meeting with academic advisors at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities to engage with a student or group of students to start summarizing the research that exists for the watershed. We are hopeful that a student project will be able to synthesize the large amount of data that exists from government and various research groups over the past ten years. All of these research projects will help us understand the past and present health of the watershed. To protect and restore this watershed, we must first understand it.
Please plan to attend our next meeting- we look forward to meeting new friends of the Jijuktu’kwejk River!
Hello there! Welcome to the online home of the Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance. Our goal is a swimmable, drinkable and fishable Jijuktu’kwejk River, and we think you should be a part of its success!
We meet every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Berwick KMCC, courtesy of the Berwick Lions Club (thanks Lions!). Meetings and free and friendly. Please join us to learn more about the river, and help make it cleaner!
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