The Eastern Graphic
  • SEA struggles with funding cuts

    January 4, 2017

    By Charlotte MacAulay Jan 4, 2017, The Eastern Graphic A cap of $58,000 on a portion of the province’s new Watershed Management Fund Formula will leave the Southeast Environment Association, SEA, short by $21,000. This is a significant amount considering the environmental group, which covers an area of 731 square kilometres, the largest on PEI, has only been eligible for a piece of the provincial pie in the last couple of years. More specifically, the remainder of the Island’s watershed groups will receive $1.09 per hectare. SEA’s cut amounts to 80 cents per hectare. For years SEA and one other PEI group, Bedeque Bay, received federal funding, which essentially left them ineligible for provincial money. Hands were tied because […]

  • Southeast Environmental Association presents new look, new motivation and goals at AGM

    October 25, 2015

    by Chris McGarry  Oct 25, 2015, The Eastern Graphic The Southeast Environmental Association (SEA) held its annual general meeting at the Access PEI in Montague on Saturday. Melissa Leard, left, project manager for SEA and Jackie Bourgeois, executive director of the nonprofit organization, explain a map of the steams of the Sturgeon River during a presentation on riparian assessments. Chris McGarry photo   A small group of members of the Southeast Environmental Association (SEA) gathered at Access PEI in Montague for the nonprofit organization’s annual general meeting on Saturday. One of the key issues discussed was the provincial government’s proposed PEI Water Act. Jackie Bourgeois, executive director of SEA, said that although the purpose of the act is to protect […]

  • Southeast Environmental Association looks to engage public and boost volunteer numbers

    October 22, 2015

    by Luke Kenny   Oct 22, 2015, The Eastern Graphic MacLure’s Pond is a water quality site monitored by the Southeast Environmental Association in Murray River. Photo by Heather Moore.   The Southeast Environmental Association (SEA) has seen some changes in their organization recently and they are looking for new members, volunteers and donations. Jackie Bourgeois is the executive director of SEA and wants to increase the presence of the organization because many people who have lived in the area their whole lives know little about it. “Since I started in 2012 I realized there was this gap in communication,” she said. “A lot of people think of a watershed group as being stream enhancement only but really we’re […]