Watershed alliance plans Cornwallis River restoration work

Published on March 20, 2017

The Jijuktu'kwejk Watershed Alliance is looking for volunteers to help promote positive change in the Cornwallis River.

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KENTVILLE - A group of like-minded individuals are rallying together for the sake of restoring the Cornwallis River.

The Jijuktu'kwejk Watershed Alliance (pronounced gee-gee-wok-tok) will host its first annual general meeting (AGM) March 26 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentville Recreation Centre.

"This group started as an alliance of people and groups who want to see the river restored to the beauty and health it enjoyed when it was called Jijuktu'kwejk by the local Mikmaw people," said alliance co-ordinator Jennifer West in a press release March 20.

"We have a lot of work to do but are looking forward to seeing positive changes. We're also planning canoe trips along the river, so more people can see its beauty and see the many opportunities to help."

The group intends to improve the condition of the watershed, encourage more people to include the river in their outdoor experiences, promote education and inspire positive change.

"The alliance is moving forward with a strong and collaborative strategic plan and a dedicated Board of Directors. We are very excited to see the public get on board with our work," said Sarah McDonald, alliance board member and co-ordinator of economic development with the Annapolis Valley First Nation.

"We hope that many will join our ceremony and meeting on the 26th to learn about how they can help the river."

The alliance plans to start cleaning up a stretch of the river near the Annapolis Valley First Nation community in the summer.

“The Jijuktu'kwejk Watershed Alliance formed in 2016 with the vision of a swimmable, drinkable and fishable river,” the press release reads.

The group will study various aspects of the river, collecting data and taking note of the existing conditions to help set priorities for restoration work.

The upcoming AGM will include a presentation by Dr. Nicholas Hill of Fernhill Consulting and public discussion about important places around the watershed.

- For more information about this event, please contact Jennifer West, 902-538-0520 or  Jennifer.j.west@gmail.com.

- For more information about the Alliance, visit their website:

https://jijuktukwejkwatershedalliance.wordpress.com/