Southeast Environmental Association excited by new opportunities

An environmental group in Eastern P.E.I. says changes to its funding should mean healthier watersheds in the future.

‘We’re back in the game.’ – Jackie Bourgeois, Southeast Environmental Association

The Southeast Environmental Association looks after six watersheds around Montague, Georgetown, Cardigan and Murray Harbour. Until recently, it was funded solely by Environment Canada, which meant it could only do research and monitoring work.

Last year the association lost its federal funding, so it’s now eligible for provincial funding again to look after watersheds.

Jackie Bourgeois, head of the Southeast Environmental Association, said the change means the group can finally be more hands-on in its area.

“We’re back in the game. We can build nestboxes, we can plant gardens, we can install structures that’s going to help water flow,” said Bourgeois.

“There’s so much more that we can do now. To see how those activities are going to have an impact won’t come 10 and 15 years down the road, but will be immediate.”

The association is now focused on coming up with watershed management plans for the region, starting with the Montague-Valleyfield watershed. Public workshops will be held to get input from residents.

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January 12, 2016