The Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee is a non-profit organization whose mission is to restore the Kennebecasis River Watershed back to a sustainable ecosystem.
The Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee’s goals are to undertake strategic habitat restoration, educational and advisory initiatives, to promote public awareness and participation in the restoration of the Kennebecasis River Watershed.
The Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee began in 1994 as the Trout Creek Model Watershed Committee. We have a strong history so we want to share some of it with you.
The KWRC is composed of representatives from various provincial and federal departments, municipalities of the area, and local interest groups. These stakeholders have been planning, securing funding for, and implementing restoration activities within the Kennebecasis Watershed since 1994. The initiative began with a comprehensive habitat assessment of 285.5 km of stream. It was found elevated stream temperatures and degraded riparian zones were limiting the overall health of our watershed. Based on the findings from this assessment, a prioritized list of impacted sites was compiled for the watershed to provide a clear direction for restoration efforts by the Committee.
Trout Creek was identified as one of the most heavily impacted of the significant tributaries to the Kennebecasis River and was of suitable size to provide an excellent test bed for restoration efforts. The smaller size of Trout Creek enabled the group to refine stream enhancement techniques, promote public participation and initiate an education and information campaign.
Since the first years of the Trout Creek Model Watershed Committee we have expanded and thus changed our name to the Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee. This expansion has led to many more restoration projects, further research, and ongoing education and promotional activities. It has also allowed us to seek out greater funding and broader partnerships.
We have a rich, successful, history and a clear future based on priority based planning and strong partnerships.