Kensington North Watersheds Association

2013 News

Ring Necked Pheasant Update

(2013-12-28) KNWSA Board Member Lewie Sutherland has been maintaining a feeding station this winter for the Ring Necked Pheasants that were released in the Indian River Wildlife Management Area last February. On Dec. 26, 6 males and 4 hens were spotted. There were 4 males and 7 hens released here last winter, so this observation proves that their numbers are increasing.

December 2013 has been a difficult month for them, with over 100 cm of snow down so far. See this CBC story for more info.

What Does The Forest Mean To You?

(2013-11-20) Click here to access the latest County Line Courier article about the meaning of trees and forests.

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Soil Testing

(2013-11-19) Soil Testing is the topic of the latest article on the Nutrient Management Planning blog.

Climate Change Event

(2013-11-19) Click here to view the trailer for the documentary film by Ian Mauro entitled Climate Change in Atlantic Canada that will be shown on Nov-24. The Climate Change in Atlantic Canada website can be found at here.

You can You can also see the video invitation to the Climate Change event from David Suzuki by clicking here. The event is now sold out.

Snowshoe Hare

(2013-11-12) The "Snowshoe Hare" is the topic of the latest article on Garreth's Wildlife Watch that is now online.

4R Island Tour Day

(2013-11-08) The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) recently held an Island Tour Day as part of the their 4R Nutrient Stewardship Initiative. Our Executive Director, Barry Murray and our agronomist, Harvey Cairns, participated in the event and one of the stops was near our area. The CFI has just posted a brief video of the Island Tour Day on Youtube. It can be viewed by going to Island Tour Day.

Kensington North was one of the signatories to the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 19, 2012 with the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. Click here for more information about the MOU and its participants.

David Suzuki Event Nearly Sold Out

(2013-11-06) Tickets for the David Suzuki event in Charlottetown are nearly sold out!

Don't be disappointed. There are a limited number of tickets are still available on-line at: All funds generated from the Charlottetown event will be donated to the Kensington North Watersheds Association for provincial climate change projects.

Dr. David Suzuki Coming to Charlottetown

(2013-10-24) Dr. David Suzuki will be speaking across Atlantic Canada to raise money for local environmental groups and promote dialogue on climate change and energy issues across the region. The event will include a film premiere of Climate Change in Atlantic Canada, a compelling documentary that tells the story of the impacts of climate change in our Atlantic communities, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. David Suzuki, filmmaker and Professor Dr. Ian Mauro, and local and national experts.

The event will take place on Sunday, 24 November 2013 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the UPEI Duffy Science Centre Amphitheatre, 550 University Ave, Charlottetown.

Tickets are available on-line at: All funds generated from the Charlottetown event will be donated to the Kensington North Watersheds Association for provincial climate change projects.

County Line Courier Articles On-line

(2013-10-02) Articles published in the County Line Courier over the last number of years are now available on our website. Headlines and a brief summary together with publication information can be found here. A link to the on-line version of the relevant edition is also provided for recent editions when available.

Click here to access the latest article about the search for a site in Prince County to create a Confederation Forest as part of the 2014 celebrations.

Flagship Project Update

(2013-08-30) The construction phase of the Flagship Project has been completed for the summer. Natural seepage from the adjacent stream eliminated the planned interval between construction of the new channel and the decommissioning of the old stream alignment and the fish ladder. The interval had been planned to allow vegetation to get established and stabilise the banks. After the new channel was opened and the old one was blocked off, several hundred fish of various sizes were rescued and transferred to the new stream channel.

Over the last couple of weeks the seeded grass has started to sprout and take hold. The fast running water in upper part of the new channel has already found a gravel bottom.

Last Monday, local MLA, Wes Sheridan viewed the project with land owners Glenn and Rhena Rochefort, the contractor, Errol Thompson, and several Board members and staff of the Association. Everyone is pleased with the results so far.

On Thursday, Vickie Arsenault presented a cheque for $1000 towards the cost of the project on behalf of the Malpeque Bay Credit Union. On hand to receive the cheque were Barry Murray, Executive Director, Ches Boutilier, President, David Cody, Admin Assistant and Harold Barker, Secretary.

Click here for updated photos of the project.

Flagship Project Update

(2013-08-13) The Flagship Project, as selected by the Board of Directors several months ago, is progressing well. The site of the collapsed dam and inadequate fish passage at the head of tide of the Southwest River, where it meets the Spring Valley Brook in Burlington, has long needed attention. The goal of the project is to remove the structures and create a stream bottom with a gradual slope that will permit fish passage for trout, smelt, and perhaps gasperaux, and to improve the general appearance.

To date, our staff has spent months of planning and completion of the permitting process, Our summer staff have removed unsightly dead poplars from the edge of the old dam that posed a risk to both foot traffic and vehicle traffic on the Burlington Road. The contractors, Thompson's Backhoeing and Trucking have removed the dam and dug most of the new channel. We have seeded out the banks of the channel that will remain intact. and some of the disturbed soil. After these seeds have sprouted and begun to hold the banks in place with their roots, we will get our contractor back to open the new channel, fill in the old channel, remove the culvert fish passage and shape the remaining banks.

The Importance of Soil pH

(2013-07-29) "The Importance of Soil pH" is the topic of the latest article on the Nutrient Management Planning information series.

Flagship Project Update

(2013-07-26) At the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the Kensington North Watersheds Association, President Ches Boutilier announced that the association would be selecting a Flagship Project in the following months. The Flagship Project would be a watercourse challenge that would require both effort and resources that are well beyond the regular stream enhancement work.

A number of locations were suggested, and information was gathered regarding the potential work and costs for each site. After scrupulous review, the Board of Directors selected the broken dam and poor fish passage structure at Warrens Pond in Burlington to be our Flagship Project.

The project began with several meetings with property owners Glen and Rhena Rochefort, Ducks Unlimited, McCullough Environmental Engineering, Todd Dupuis of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, representatives from the Dept. of Environment, Labour & Justice, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, and environmental contractor Errol Thompson. A plan gradually began to take form, and the permitting process was initiated.

Currently, we have completed the permitting process and are expecting our permit very soon, and hope to begin construction in late July or early August.

Bioreactor Update

(2013-07-09) Last fall KNWSA constructed a bioreactor, or biofilter, to capture nitrates from tile drainage in a small tributary to Darnley Basin. The bioreactor installed in this watershed is a demonstration of how wetlands play a significant role in recycling lost nutrients from agricultural lands within our watershed. The results from seven months of testing is now available.

Click here for more information

Grade 6 Environmental Day

(2013-06-14) The Grade 6 Environmental Day was held yesterday at the Community Gardens Arena Complex in Kensington for two classes from Queen Elizabeth School. The chilly weather and gusting winds forced most of the activities indoors but one messy activity still took place outdoors at the Alysha Toombs pond.

David Dowling from the Wildlife Division of the PEI Dept. of Agriculture& Forestry had a variety of mounted birds and animals on display. He also had a number of pelts and bird nests for the students to view.

Recreational fishing activies were demonstrated by Rosie MacFarlane from the Wildlife Division. The students were able to try their hand at casting lines across the rink floor.

Jamie Stride from Island Falconry and his assistant Lacy brought Mr. G, a gyrfalcon, and Hush, a Harris Hawk, to demonstrate the art of falconry. The students were presented with information on the feeding, caring, handling and training of the birds. Jamie took Hush outdoors after the lunch break for a flight demonstration much to the dismay of the local bird life.

Summer staff from the Association handled the remaining Environmental Day activities. David Allan had a variety of trees and shrubs for the students to identify. Garreth Ashley and Thora Christensen had the sudents hunting for macroinvertebrates in the pond mud. A number of caddisfly, mayfly, dragonfly larvae as well as snails and freshwater clams were identified over the course of the day.

Responsible Development

(2013-06-11) "Our Role in Responsible Development" is the topic of the latest article on Garreth's Wildlife Watch that is now online.

New Executive Elected

(2013-06-06) A new executive was elected last night at the first meeting of the Board following the Annual General Meeting. Ches Boutilier, Dale Adams and George Campbell reoffered for their positions and were unopposed. Bill Pidgeon stepped down and was replaced by Harold Barker as Secretary.

Jim Evans, a resident of Burlington, was welcomed to the Board by the President.

Click here for an updated list of Board Members for 2013-14.

All About Coyotes

(2013-06-04) Coyotes are featured in the latest article on Garreth's Wildlife Watch that is now online.

New Features Announced

(2013-05-21) Kensington North is pleased to announce the introduction of two new features for our web page.

Harvey Cairns is the agronomist working with Kensington North and the PEI Federation of Agriculture on nutrient management with our farmers. Harvey has a long professional background with nutrient management. He has worked for the PEI Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the PEI Dept. responsible for Agriculture. He is a Certified Nutrient Planner and a Certified Crop Advisor. His many years of experience is apparent in his observations on soil and nutrient issues. Harvey's, Nutrient Management Planning, will touch on many aspects concerning soil health and crop fertility.

Garreth Ashley recently graduated from the Wildlife Conservation Technology program at Holland College and is returning to University in the fall. He is a current employee and also a former Board Member of Kensington North. Garreth's Wildlife Watch, is a collection of his own observations of wildlife on PEI.

Our bloggers will provide both entertainment and information for readers of We hope you enjoy them.

Summer Work Season Begins

(2013-05-13) The summer work season begins in earnest this week. The crew is out planting trees around the watershed.

Give them a friendly honk if you happen to see them.

Annual Meeting Held

(2013-05-09) There was a reasonably good turnout for the Annual Meeting last evening at St. Thomas Anglican Church Hall in Springbrook. After the usual business meeting was concluded, Bruce Smith, Coordinator of the Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association spoke about the trials and tribulations that his group has gone through in their efforts to preserve stream flow in the upper reaches of the Winter River.

Earth Day

(2013-04-22) Today is Earth Day! Think about what you can do and act.

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Upcoming Annual Meeting

(2013-04-18) The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 8th at St. Thomas Anglican Church Hall, 5559 Route 20, Springbrook.

Guest speaker will be Bruce Smith, Coordinator of the Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association. This group is a leading proponent in the development of water conservation strategies on PEI.

Association members and the public welcome. Refreshments will served.

Nitrate Reduction Plan Rollout

(2013-01-02) Farmers & interested parties in the Southwest River Area are invited to attend the rollout of the Plan to Reduce Nitrates in the Upper Watersheds of the Southwest River.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 9th, 1:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Kensington with guest speaker Dr. Robert Coffin. Refreshements will be served. Come join the discussion!

World Water Day

(2013-03-22) Today is World Water Day! And 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation! Take a moment to reflect on the abundance of this precious resource on our Island and remember that many others in the world do not have access to clean water.

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Latest Newsletter Now Online

(2013-03-21) The latest edition of the Kensington North Watershed News is now available on-line. Click here to download a copy.

Fracking - Can our watersheds afford it?

(2013-03-05) Friends of Covehead and Brackley Bay, and Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association will be hosting and event called 'Fracking - Can our watersheds afford it?'. This will include a public showing of the movie Gasland followed by a discussion about fracking on PEI. It will be on Thursday March 7th at 7pm in North Shore Community Centre, 2120 Route 25, West Covehead.

Photography Workshop: A Winter Perspective

(2013-02-05) Do you enjoy being outside in the winter? Interested in seeing winter through the lens of your camera? The Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group (SAWIG) is hosting its second, day-long, photography workshop on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9am-4pm at the Stratford Town Hall. This classroom and field-based seminar will expand on the information learned at the first workshop, with an emphasis on winter landscapes in the Stratford watershed and editing in Photoshop Elements. Please note that ALL levels are welcome to attend. SAWIG is proud to have Winston Maund, SAWIG vice-president and prominent Island photographer, lead the session.

Click here for more course details and registration information.

3rd Annual Winter Woodlot Tour

(2013-01-22) The public is invited to the 3rd Annual Winter Woodlot Tour being put on by the Wheatley River Improvement Group, Hunter-Clyde Watershed Group and the PEI Model Forest Network on Saturday January 26th (storm date - February 2nd) from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the MacRae property located on the Millboro Rd (Rte 243) between Rte 2 and Wheatley River. For more information

Click here for more information.

Kensington North from Space

(2013-01-17) Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station, has been sending tweets and posting photgraphs from space. On 2012-21-31, he posted a picture of PEI viewed from over New Brunswick. The Kensington North area is seen near the centre of the photograph just above Malpeque Bay.

New Corporate Member

(2013-01-09) Sterling Murphy Trucking is our newest Corporate Member. Please see our Corporate Members page for a complete list.

Busy Year in Kensington North

(2013-01-07) 2012 was another busy year of field work for the Association. Over 6300 trees and shrubs were planted throughout the area. Nearly seven kilometres of initial stream restoration was carried out primarily in the tributaries of the Southwest River watersheds and over twenty-eight kilometres of stream maintenance was performed in the other watersheds.

Our staff also participated in the Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP) on the eastern shore of Malpeque Bay and performed two major beach cleanups along the north shore of our area. A water sampling project was started this year and a bio- reactor was constructed to test the effectiveness of wood chips in the removal of nitrates from groundwater.

Click here for more details and a map showing the work performed in each watershed.

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