Kensington North Watersheds Association Ltd
2016 Fish Habitat Restoration, Tree Planting & Silt Management
In the watersheds of Kensington North, the predominant land use is agriculture. We are proud of the contribution that agriculture has made to the culture and economy of our communities. There is no denying that intense agricultural land use also brings with it specific watershed challenges.
The stream restoration activity, namely restoring connectivity to streams, planting trees to shade the water and protect it from overheating, and removing nuisance debris from the streams, has resulted in noticeable increases in fish populations, and contributed to the well-being of other wildlife such as raptors.
Our forests can be summed up as “young”, with pioneer species such as white spruce, alder, pin cherry and white & grey birch. These relatively short-lived species will require extra attention in our streams for years to come as they drop unnaturally high quantities of nuisance debris into the streams.
The maintenance of sediment traps has resulted in the vast improvement of stream bottom in many of our watersheds, with cobble rock showing up where the bottom was previously predominantly silt covered. The contribution that WCF makes toward sediment management is enormous, as federal funders fail to appreciate the contribution that sediment traps make to our streams. Soil conservation continues to improve by our local farmers. However, the sandy nature of our soils and the tillage requirement of growing potatoes mean that sediment traps will continue to make an important contribution to stream health.
The project goals revisited:
- 1. Plant trees and shrubs in new open locations, in locations lacking diversity and in previous plantations when justified.
- 4096 native trees and shrubs were planted at Harding Creek, Indian River (INT Natural Area), Tuplin Creek, and the Southwest River. Many other sites received some replanting and maintenance. Tree guards and cardboard mulch were used at many sites
- 2. Restore a complicated section of the Southwest River with high habitat potential, between Staverts Pond and Warrens Pond.
- First phase completed
- 3. Perform maintenance activities on selected streams.
- Selective maintenance was performed on the Southwest River, Tuplin Creek and Indian River
- 4. Remove silt from sediment traps where needed.
- Traps on Tuplin Creek and Spring Valley Brook were maintained
- 5. Remove abandoned culverts that are causing barriers to fish passage.
- 3 abandoned culverts were removed, improving connectivity in Tuplin Creek, Spring Valley Brook, and the Barbara Weit River
- 6. Host Grade 6 Environmental Day and Grade 8 Science Class Watershed Day.
- Both of these annual events were successfully repeated
- 7. Carry on annual Stream Head Differential Monitoring, Coastal Erosion Monitoring, Estuary Watch, bird box maintenance and installation, CAMP, Eelgrass Monitoring.
- With the exception of Coastal Erosion Monitoring, which is now being performed in its entirety by the UPEI Climate Lab, these annual tasks were successfully completed
- 8. Work with community volunteers on watershed related projects.
- We continue to work on projects such as Soil Health to assist in soil conservation and reduced erosion, Nitrate reduction, Watershed Alliance participation, sand dune protection, beach cleanups, with the assistance of our Board and other KNWSA volunteers