Hillsborough River Association
Watershed Management and Stream Enhancement Activities for the Areas from Marshfield to Savage Bay, Head of Hillsborough and Tannery Creek, PEI
This project involved a myriad of stream enhancement and educational activities. We hosted a very successful Watershed Day with grade 5 and 6 students from Immanuel Christian School in Charlottetown where they planted trees, built brushmats, were shown an electrofishing demonstration, and were given an overview of watershed management. We also planted over 1800 trees and shrubs, excavated a by-pass sediment pond, used rock to stabilize banks and promote pool development. We constructed over 400 m of brushmats in various watersheds, patch cut alders, and placed cover structures in areas where cover was lacking.
The project goals revisited:
- 1: We cut alders in 12 stream sections.
- 2: Completed a smelt migration survey in the spring in the Hillsborough tributaries to ensure adequate fish passage and we identified areas of concern.
- 3: We planted 1800 native trees and shrubs.
- 4: We monitored beaver activity, removed dams gradually under low flow conditions, and prioritized removal of beavers by trappers in sensitive areas/beaver management zones.
- 5: Newsletter mail-out (Hillsborough Tidings) recognizing the contribution of the WCF and showcasing watershed projects.
- 6: Installation of 400 m of brushmats to trap sediment.
- 7: Hosted the annual Lady Slipper walk at our lady slipper trail.
- 8: Construction and installation of 20 fish cover structures.
- 9: Installation of 4 rock weirs to create pool habitat.
- 10: Excavation of by-pass sediment trap at Dunphy Road to address siltation within watercourse and to protect spawning habitat.
- 11: Improved river access on the Hillsborough by grading roads, filling in pot holes, and trimming trees on roadways.
- 12: Hosted an educational ‘Get to know your watershed!” day with grade 5 & 6 students that included both a classroom and hands on outdoor component.