Greetings to all.
The Assoc held its early spring meeting at the library on April 19th. Discussion items included posting of applications for this years supervisor and student crew members. We have had an excellent response to date. We approved the purchase of a new GPS for use on the summer project. Perry reported that the FISH FRIENDS program had begun with the arrival of fish eggs at the school aquarium .
Our 2015 annual report was published in December and we are starting the 2016 season with a healthy balance.
The hiring committee will spend the next week reviewing job applications and holding interviews.
Members and Directors are invited to join the Executive of the Nova Scotia Salmon Association for the 2015 Fall Meeting.
Tipperary Cafe / Sterling Room, Main Street Tatamagouche
10:30 Call to order
10:45 Approval of minutes:
- January 2015 (Bridgewater)
- October 2014 (Antigonish)
- B. AGM minutes circulated.
10:55 Correspondence (Lahave River, Outdoor Women, and Margaree)
11:00 NSLC Adopt a Stream: Bob Rutherford and Amy Weston
11:30 Affiliate and Guest Presentations:
North Colchester River Restoration Association
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch break
12:45 Alan McNeill, NS Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
- An overview of the draft Strategic Plan for Sportfishing
- A proposed new salmon enhancement initiative
1:30 Reports from Executive and Standing Committees:
- Fundraising (Sean)
- Communications (Heather)
- Programs (Bob)
- Governance, Advocacy, and Conservation (Kris)
- Affiliate & Community Engagement (Kris)
2:15 Reports from Special Committees:
West River Projects:
- Budget (Chris) (West River Project Budget)
- Acid mitigation (George)
- Counting Fence (Charles)
- Science (Bob and Eddie)
3:00 – 3:15 Coffee break
3:15 Future Plans:
- West River (Doser, Fence)
- External Funding Sources: (NS, ACOA, RFCPP, ASC, and WWF)
- NSLC Adopt a Stream (New ENS Stream restoration requirements)
- Organisation structure required
- Vote for continuance (West River & NSLC Adopt a Stream)
3:45 New Business:
- E-mail voting procedures
4:00 Meeting adjourned
Friday the 8th of August was a perfect day for a walk on the river, in this case The Waugh’s River.
Once again our Annual River Walk attracted a large number of community members, sponsoring partners and family members of our Summer Crew.
Our objective is to provide an update on our restoration work as well as an opportunity to demonstrate some of the techniques that our crew uses to enhance the water quality of our watershed.
Fish Habitat is our main objective but passing on knowledge and leadership skills to our Summer Crew is also of vital importance. Feedback from our visitors on Friday tells us that we are doing all the above in the right way.
5 weeks pass quickly when you are busy and busy they have been.
Bush Bundles built and meshed into the river bank in the upper reaches of the Waugh’s River near Earltown has been their assignment for July.
August will see a continuation of this work plan plus planning and directing our Annual River Walk for our Partners and members of the general public.
Stay tuned to this Web Page for more info on our upcoming River Walk.
Our work is only possible because we partner with others to achieve our objectives. NSLC Adopt A Stream is one of our major partners. The program provides funding and technical support to help community volunteer organizations like ourselves to undertake projects to protect, repair and improve the aquatic and riparian habitats.
Each year NSLC Adopt a Stream spends time on the river with our staff to evaluate the progress of our summer work plan and where necessary provide valuable advice.
In the photo below Amy Weston is spending a day on the Waugh’s River with our crew.
After three years as a NCRRA crew member Nathan Martin has returned to the rivers as our new Crew Supervisor.
Nathan is currently studying Forestry in Fredericton.
Nathan understands the work involved and he certainly has a deep appreciation for our watershed.
A good leader and an avid angler Nathan will prove to be a fine role model for the younger crew members.
Everything but the Kitchen sink can move down river with the spring floods. The Fish Ladder is designed to deal with most things but regular maintenance is required.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and The North Colchester River Restoration Association have entered into a partnership to assure that debris will be removed and regular maintenance work days will have a combined crew from both groups.
Yesterday was our First Joint Effort.
Mike Gregory the County Councillor for our District of Colchester County got his first look at our recent Provincial Award for Top Affiliate of The Nova Scotia Salmon Association.
This award was in recognition of our 14 years of Habitat Restoration work on The French and The Waugh’s Rivers.
As Partners with Adopt a Stream the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation raises considerable money to support River Restoration projects throughout the Province.
The new Chairman of The North Colchester River Restoration Association is Doug Bastow.
Doug is a retired Air Canada Pilot with almost as many nautical miles at the helm of his sailboat.
Doug as been a very active member of NCRRA for several years . You can reach Doug by email at firstname.lastname@example.org