Our Plan In Action
This section will provide you with a short summary of our plan, our projects and our partners. Many organizations and individuals have worked tirelessly to meet the 22 policies and 68 action areas laid out in the 1993 management plan. But what have we accomplished together? Individual accomplishments are difficult to list on a single web page. Instead, the SCIWC has released an Interactive Timeline Online that shows the progress made. We encourage you to visit! The SCIWC has also completed a Management Plan Progress Report and an Organizational Strategic Plan in 2014. As the reports for these projects are completed, we will make them available for you to view.
Our Projects (2017-2019)
The SCIWC recreation program provides service, maintenance, and upkeep of over 75 backcountry wilderness campsites along the Chiputneticook lakes, and the upper St. Croix river wilderness corridor. In addition to this, the commission also operates three provincial (NB) parks located at Scott Brook, Gravel Island and Spednic Lake.
Data is collected annually on anadromous river herring passing upstream through the fishway at the Milltown dam hydroelectric facility.
RFID antennas have been installed on fish passages throughout Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. Through the use of fyke nets and PIT tagging, river herring are being studied to determine their success at navigating these fish passages.
CHRS GIS Story Map
Through a one year project (2018) we collected photographs, GPS coordinates and descriptions of 45 sites along the St Croix River (15 Sites each: cultural, natural and heritage/recreation which will be incorporated into an online map by CHRS.
Through a one year project (2017) we participated in the celebration of Canada's 150 anniversary of confederation.
We collect surface water samples at sites within the St. Croix River watershed and monitor for parameters including: metals, nutrients, E. coli and total suspended solids. In 2019, we joined with Atlantic Water Network to provide and share data for the web-based data platform, Atlantic Data Stream.
Other Projects (2014-2016)
We continued to operate our Recreation Program in both Maine and New Brunswick. This relates to the Management Plan goals in Recreation Heritage and Cultural Heritage.
We monitor the upstream fish passage at the Milltown Dam fish way (New 2015). In 2012-2014 this annual count had been conducted by the Atlantic Salmon Federation; prior to that, 1986-2011, we conducted the counts. We are pleased to be part of this vital research, which is one of the longest data sets on fish passage available in the region. This ongoing project relates to the goals listed in Environmental Setting & Recreational Heritage.
In 2014 and early 2015, an updated draft of our international management plan was completed. During 2015, we worked with the Governments of Maine and New Brunswick to complete the approval process and formally adopt the updated plan. This project relates to the goals listed under Waterway Management and regular review of this document is required by legislation.
In 2015, in partnership with the Town of St. Stephen, the St. Stephen BIA and the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County, we collaborated in a stewardship initiative, building demonstration rain gardens and rain barrel systems and teaching others how to do so on their own properties. This project relates to the goals listed in Environmental Setting, Waterway Management.
In early 2015, we undertook direct action to help remove a known population of the invasive plant Giant Hogweed, near Forest City, NB.
In 2014 we held an International Science Forum to communicate research that is being done within the watershed, as well as to identify current and future needs.
In 2014 the SCIWC created and distributed extreme event and preparedness materials for the St. Stephen area.