Information About PEI Watershed Groups 2019

Information about PEI Watershed Groups:
– 24 non profit watershed groups in Prince Edward Island
– Over 97% of the island is managed by a watershed group
– Grassroots organizations working with local communities
– Relationship builders who partner with industry (e.g., agriculture, forestry, aquaculture), government, academia,
non-government organizations, indigenous groups, and communities to complete watershed work
– Received ~ $1.19 million in 2018 through Provincial Watershed Management Funding
– Leveraged and additional ~$1.7 million in 2017 from non provincial sources for projects
o Average 1.4 X leverage rate per groups
o Some groups leveraged 4X WMF values
– Watershed groups’ payroll in excess of $2 million annually
o 189 employees (Ranged from 4 – 21 employees per group)
o 3189 total employment weeks
o Predominately rural organizations
– Over 12, 000 volunteer hours devoted to watershed groups
– Over 145 public outreach events hosted by watershed groups
– 24, 326 trees planted by watershed groups in 2018
– Thousands of kilometers of stream rehabilitated and acres of habitat restored annually
– Work of watershed groups falls into 4 main categories:
o Watershed Planning
o Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement
o Outreach and Education
o Research and Monitoring
– PEI Watershed Groups address many environmental issues including:
o Ensuring adequate clean drinking water
o Maintaining sustainable ecosystems with healthy populations of plants and animals
o Healthy environments for all PEI residents
– PEI Watershed Alliance is the umbrella organization for all 24 groups
o PEI Watershed Strategy directs activities and partnerships
 Strategy can be found here: http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/cle_wtrshdstrat.pdf

Challenges and needs faced by watershed groups:
– Need for increased Department of Environment Funding:
o Currently only 1.76% of Provincial Budget is allocated to Communities, Land and Environment
– Need for increased Watershed Management Fund dollars
– Need for increased resources including staff
– Need for increased communication and cooperation with government departments
– Environmental concerns such as fish kills, Climate Change, water quality, and poor land use practices are
continuing to affect our island, please help us in conserving and restoring our environment.