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Invitation to Clyde River residents from The Central Queens Wildlife Federation:

Clyde River

The Central Queens Wildlife Federation (CQWF) is currently executing a multi-year restoration plan for the Clyde River watershed. To date we have focused our efforts on the West Branch (Baltic Brook) and are expanding our efforts into the main branch this year.

The decision of the Government of PEI to construct the Cornwall Bypass will have a significant impact on the Clyde River watershed. As we are currently working in the watershed, CQWF was invited by the Government to provide advice and technical support during the planning and construction phases of the bypass.

We have identified a number of potential projects to protect and enhance the habitat, and we would like to obtain input from the community on these and other ideas to develop an overall vision for the watershed.

What would the residents of the Clyde River like to see? Is there a desire to restore the Acadian forest, develop nature trails and interpretive sites, create wetlands or other ideas? 

The meeting is scheduled for Jun 8th, 7:00 PM at the Riverview Community Centre and all are welcome to attend.

We will provide a brief overview of the projects we are considering and there will be an open forum to answer any questions as well as time for informal discussion.  We hope to see you there!

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Clyde River

Clyde River

The AGM for the Central Queens Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation will be held on Saturday, March 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Riverview Community Centre in Clyde River.

Learn about your community’s stream restoration projects taking place in addition to plans for the Bonshaw Hills Public Lands from BHPL subcommittee member Megan Harris.

This is a great opportunity to come out and meet your neighbours and friends and find out what’s happening in your watershed and how you can get involved. During the AGM, there will be an opportunity to renew memberships in the CQWF.

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Clyde River

Clyde River

The West River Watershed Group under the Central Queens Wildlife Federation is looking to expand its management plan to include Clyde River and other sub-watersheds and they are looking for community input.

We invite you to join the discussion on four evenings at the Riverview Community Centre:

  • Tuesday, February 11th, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 25th, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 13th, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 27th, 7:00 p.m.

The extent of your involvement would be to share your knowledge and offer input at the meetings which will be valuable in the development of the Clyde River Sub-watershed Plan. Ideally, it would be great to have a good geographic representation across the community. For more information, please contact Megan Harris at cqwf.pei@gmail.com

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Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 4.06.12 PMThe West River Watershed Group is pleased to welcome Clyde River native, Rebecca Gass, to the Board of Directors to represent and liaise with the Clyde River community on work being done within the Clyde River. Rebecca comes to the Board after studying at Mount Saint Vincent University, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Public Relations. She currently works at the University of Prince Edward Island in the Department of Integrated Communications and brings with her an expertise in communications and event management. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys practicing yoga, travelling, hiking, snowshoeing and spending time with her family and friends.

“I was so fortunate to be able to grow up in a beautiful community like Clyde River,” says Gass. “I’m so pleased to represent and contribute to the community I love in this way.”

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Clyde River SubwatershedAre you or anyone you know interested in helping to improve the local environment in Clyde River?

Clyde River is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Board of the West River Watershed Group. This organization carries out improvements to local waterways including the Clyde River. For more information on their great work, please refer to their website by clicking here.

What’s the commitment? Attend monthly meetings held in Clyde River and neighbouring communities.  Keep good communication between the group and Council and provide updates to our website publisher.

What do you get?  You will have the chance to meet some highly committed and environmentally knowledgeable people, gratitude from your neighbours and the good feeling that comes from doing something for the environment and your community.

Please contact Bruce Brine at clyderiver.cic@pei.sympatico.ca or 675-4747.

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Screen Shot 2013-03-23 at 10.28.12 AM Screen Shot 2013-03-23 at 10.27.33 AMAll are invited to attend the Central Queens Wildlife Federation presentation on their work over the past two years along the Clyde River, Wednesday, March 27th, 7:00 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre. They will also talk about what their plans are for this year and their desire to move ahead with a 5-10 year sub-watershed management plan for the Clyde River.

Wonderful results have been achieved in removing fallen trees and silt that are restricting the flow of the river. Also, the river banks in places have been stabilized by planting shrubs and deep-rooted trees.

One only has to take a walk through the forest to our rivers and streams to see silt caught up in tangled alders restricting the flow of the river. To then see it opened up and the water and fish moving freely does one’s heart good. It brings back good memories of visiting the river as a child.

As a community, we can take a direct role in practicing good stewardship of our lands and water. It is a great project to involve youth, and students often take part in volunteering hours to help with the cleanup.

To educate yourself before Wednesday’s meeting, the Central Queens Wildlife Federation’s website offers many resources that provide an excellent overview of their work:

  • Website home page, click here.
  • Feature on the history of the watershed area, click here.
  • Slide show and explanation on how they clear sediment from the river, click here.
  • Slide show and explanation on how they add a cover habitat for fish, click here.
  • Review the original Watershed Plan, click here.
  • View the google map that shows the different watersheds, including the Clyde River sub-watershed, which make up the West River Watershed, click here.

See you on Wednesday. We extend a special invitation to the young people in our community.

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This past Thursday evening, residents of Clyde River and a few folks from surrounding communities attended a meeting at the Riverview Community Centre where Megan Harris presented the work carried out by the Central Queens Wildlife Federation. Danielle Horne then introduced their early research activities that began this summer of the Clyde River subwatershed that is part of the larger West River Watershed. They adopted the West River Watershed in 2003 and have recently expanded their scope of work to include the Clyde River portion.

The Clyde River subwatershed extends to the communities of Hampshire, Kingston, New Haven, Clyde River and Meadowbank, and the River and its streams cross the Bannockburn Rd., Linwood Rd., Colville Rd., Baltic Rd., Trans Canada Highway (in this area), Route 225, Upper Meadowbank Rd. and Clyde River Rd.

A watershed is an area of land that drains rainfall and groundwater into a single river system. The river can branch into many smaller feeder streams in the upper reaches, but the water eventually moves into one estuary as it runs to the sea. Prince Edward Island is made up of 250 watersheds. A healthy watershed supports safe drinking water, recreational areas, habitats for wildlife, and livelihoods.

Danielle is gathering information on anything that is restricting the flow of the river and movement of fish and conducting population surveys on species present e.g. Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Atlantic Salmon and Sticklebacks. They also do culvert assessments and consult with the PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The slideshow features some photos of her work.

It is still early in the process, so it gives us time to educate ourselves, contribute our ideas at future meetings and help to set overall priorities within our community. Federation representatives will collaborate with the Clyde River Community Council to ensure they are informed of activities and to receive feedback for activities related to our community. The river and its streams cross public but also private land, so the Federation will contact property owners for permission to walk through their portions and inform them of their findings.

The Central Queens Wildlife Federation secures their own funding for river restoration projects and collaborates with the Provincial Government on specific projects that involve public lands and jurisdictions.

We will include articles on this site from time to time to keep you updated on their continued work. A plan has already been developed for the West River watershed, and it will be updated to include the Clyde River region. We will feature the West River plan at a later point to give you an idea of what would be included in a plan for our area.

As the work continues again next summer, there will be volunteer opportunities as they begin watershed restoration projects in our area. Where possible, they also like to involve students on projects to educate and offer them hands-on experience in watershed management.

If you have an interest in volunteering, being included on their email list or have any specific questions, please contact Megan Harris at mlharris@pei.sympatico.ca or call 675-2703. There will also be future meetings where you are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.

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