Join us For Sustaining the St. Croix Watershed: Research, Partnerships and Action

posted Nov 11, 2014, 5:38 AM by Heather Almeda

Sustaining the St. Croix Watershed: Research, Partnerships, and Action

 ST. STEPHEN, NB/CALAIS, ME: The St Croix watershed covers a large area in Canada and the U.S.  of about 1,649 sq. mi. (4,271 sq. km.) and stretches from the river headwaters near Monument Brook to Passamaquoddy Bay.  The watershed includes the homelands of the Passamaquoddy.  All share the resources of this large river system with beneficial uses including fish and wildlife habitat,  recreation, and hydropower.   Join us in St. Andrews on November 20 and 21, 2014 at the Huntsmen Marine Science Center as we work together to chart a course for the future health and sustainable use of our shared watershed.

This free two-day event is a chance for researchers, government agencies, residents, and business owners to speak to each other, learn about what research and efforts are currently underway, and discuss what needs to happen as we move forward.

“One of the most challenging aspects of being an international watershed is communicating with each other,” said Abby Pond, Executive Director of the St. Croix International Waterway Commission (SCIWC). “This event is a way of sharing who is doing what, but it is also the chance for people to meet and talk about how they might work together to solve problems.”

“The Watershed Board takes a science-based, ecosystem approach to its responsibilities in overseeing the regulation of water levels and flows, and surveying water quality,” said International St. Croix River Watershed Board (ISCRWB) Co-Chair Bill Appleby.   “We see this science forum as a good avenue for researchers to share information on their current projects and identify areas that require more work”

The event features four theme areas, Fisheries, Ecosystems-Based Management, Climate Change, and Resilient Communities to focus discussion of existing and future water resource challenges in the watershed. Within each area, we will:

  • Gain a more thorough understanding of current knowledge and perspectives
  • Identify knowledge gaps – what do we need to know?
  • Identify how, through combined efforts, we can best fill knowledge gaps and
  • How we can integrate these efforts into beneficial and efficient action.

The themes are:

Fisheries - “Rebuilding Fisheries - using experience, science and tools for the establishment of a sustainable fishery.”

Speakers include Betsy Irish from the University of Maine, Michelle Charest from the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and Alex Hoar, from US Fish and Wildlife, and Bob Lent from USGS.

Ecosystems-Based Management – “Taking a holistic approach - An effective balance of protection and use to ensure a healthy ecosystem that supports our local needs and economies.”

Speakers include Robert L. Stephenson from the Canadian Fisheries Research Network and Jim MacLellan and Dragos Fluearu from the University of Toronto.

Climate Change – “Using our knowledge and acting together to reduce current risks and build resilience to the impacts of climate change.”

Speakers include Réal Daigle, Tora Johnson from the University of Maine Machias, and Charles Bourque from the University of New Brunswick.

Resilient Communities – “Thriving Communities adapting creatively and collaboratively to change.”

Speakers include Stan Choptiany from the town of St. Andrews, Jessie Davies from Save Ocean Science, and Donald Killorn from Eastern Charlotte Waterways.

 

A full list of speakers and schedule are available online at www.stateofthestcroix.org. Space is limited, so please register early to ensure you have a place. If you have any questions about the event, you can reach Abby Pond at 506 466 7550 or at staff@stcroix.org.

 

 

The science forum is a joint project of the SCIWC and ISCRWB.  Both are grateful for the support of the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund – Your Environmental Trust Fund At Work, and the International Watersheds Initiative of the International Joint Commission, and the Huntsman Marine Sciences Centre which makes this event possible.

 

About the St. Croix International Waterway Commission

The St. Croix International Waterway Commission is an international partnership that protects and enhances the health, heritage, and beauty of a shared waterway. It is a vibrant organization that protects, restores and manages natural habitats; offers exceptional backcountry experiences; and celebrates our shared, cross-boundary cultural heritage.

For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Abby Pond, Executive Director
St. Croix International Waterway Commission
staff@stcroix.org
506.466.7550

 

About the International St. Croix River Watershed Board

The International Joint Commission has had International Boards operating in the St. Croix watershed continuously since 1915.  The IJC formally combined its Water Control and Pollution Control Boards in September 2000 and established the International St. Croix River Board.  In April 2007, the IJC issued a new directive designating the Board as its first international watershed board and broadening its mandate proactively assist in preventing and resolving disputes regarding the boundary waters of the St. Croix River by working with stakeholders within the watershed to monitor the ecological health of the St. Croix River boundary waters aquatic ecosystem, and to ensure compliance with the Commission's Orders of Approval for structures in the St. Croix River.

See more at: http://ijc.org/en_/iscrwb

For further information on the Board please contact:  

Barbara Blumeris, ISCRWB, US Section Secretary,  978-318-8737

Kathryn Parlee, ISCRWB, Canadian Secretary,  902- 426-1719

 

 

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