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2015 - Development of a city-wide Brook Trout Management Plan

In 2015 the City of Charlottetown adopted a “City of Charlottetown Brook Trout Conservation and Protection Plan”.  This plan, developed by a steering committee made up of city officials and members of the Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group and the Wright’s Creek Environmental Committee, was guided by noted environmentalist, Ms. Megan Harris. The plan focuses on steps needed to restore and maintain Brook Trout habitat in the Ellen’s, Wright’s and Hermitage creeks.  Because a healthy Brook trout population is the central indicator of  water course  and watershed health all parties agreed this was the place to begin an overall, city-wide watershed plan.  

February, 2020  Brookie Award Presented to Dr. John Andrew

The “Brookie Award” was created by the Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group as an award of excellence to an individual, organization or business demonstrating commitment and leadership in promoting urban watershed health. The award is named after the “brookie” (an informal name for brook trout) in recognition of the correlation between watershed health and the health of its brook trout population. Periodically the Brookie is awarded to an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the health of city watersheds. Dr. John W. Andrew co-chairs the Wright’s Creek Watershed Environmental Committee that is responsible for the health of the Wright’s Creek and Andrew’s Pond. John was instrumental in returning the Creek and the Pond to environmental health from their moribund state years back. The Andrew family have been stewards of the land and water in East Royalty for generations. John brings to his community a strong commitment to the health of individuals, the health of his community, and the health of the environment.

Ecological Health of Ponds in Charlottetown Research Project

During each summer for the past three years, Holland College Environmental Applied Science Technology students and faculty examined the ecological health of eleven (11) ponds within the City of Charlottetown and one (1) reference pond outside the City, in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada. The project collected data on surface water quality, sediment chemistry and through macroinvertebrate surveys using the Hilsenhoff’s Family Biotic Index (FBI), delineated the overall ecological health of the ponds sampled. The information collected will help determine the underlying issues responsible for the relatively poor ecological health of some of the ponds surveyed. It will allow the City of Charlottetown and local watershed groups to develop action plans to improve or preserve the ecological health of the ponds studied. 2019 Ecological Health of Ponds in Charlottetown Report 2018 Ecological Health of Ponds in Charlottetown Report 2017 Ecological Health of Ponds in Charlottetown Report

Climate Change

In 2019, the City of Charlottetown joined hundreds of other Canadian municipalities in declaring a Climate Emergency. All over the globe the severe impacts of climate change are being experienced and are quite costly for governments and individuals who are dealing with extreme weather, infrastructure damage, displacement, and adaptation and mitigation efforts. The City of Charlottetown took part in 'Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Resilience' project led by QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow)  in 2019. The first phase of this process involved the collaboration of various stakeholders and City departments in assessing the City of Charlottetown's  risk and resilience, specifically when it comes to extreme weather events in the context of climate change. The second phase compiled some key findings and recommendations of how to bolster our climate change resilience moving forward. See the City of Charlottetown’s web page on Climate Change To see the QUEST report, click here

August, 2020 - A study on The Effects of Weather on Young-of-the-Year Brook Trout

Survivability

In the summer of 2020, Harriet Laver, a 2nd UPEI Coop student, hired by Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group as an Environmental Data Analyst undertook a study to take a look at the effects of weather on the number of the young-of -the-year (YOY) brook trout.  Harriet didn't find a correlation between overall temperatures and the number of YOY brook trout but she did find a correlation between the number of freeze/thaw cycles over the winter .  Harriet accurately predicted that the YOY results for Ellen's Creeks annual electrofishing survey would be up based on the correlation she made.  It is significant because climate change is expected to result in more freeze thaw cycles and less snow.
Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group
© Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group Inc. 2014

Ecological Health of Ponds in Charlottetown Research

Project

For each of the past three years Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group provided logistical support for a collaborative research project with the Holland College Environmental Science Technology (EAST) Program that looked at the ecological health of 12 ponds in Charlottetown. See the Reports: 2019 Ecological Health of Charlottetown Ponds 2018 Ecological Health of Charlottetown Ponds 2017 Ecological Health of Charlottetown Ponds

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News

2015 - Development of a city-wide Brook Trout

Management Plan

In 2015 the City of Charlottetown adopted a “City of Charlottetown Brook Trout Conservation and Protection Plan”.  This plan, developed by a steering committee made up of city officials and members of the Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group and the Wright’s Creek Environmental Committee, was guided by noted environmentalist, Ms. Megan Harris. The plan focuses on steps needed to restore and maintain Brook Trout habitat in the Ellen’s, Wright’s and Hermitage creeks.  Because a healthy Brook trout population is the central indicator of  water course  and watershed health all parties agreed this was the place to begin an overall, city-wide watershed plan.
February, 2020  Brookie Award Presented to Dr. John Andrew The “Brookie Award” was created by the Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group as an award of excellence to an individual, organization or business demonstrating commitment and leadership in promoting urban watershed health. The award is named after the “brookie” (an informal name for brook trout) in recognition of the correlation between watershed health and the health of its brook trout population. Periodically the Brookie is awarded to an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the health of city watersheds. Dr. John W. Andrew co-chairs the Wright’s Creek Watershed Environmental Committee that is responsible for the health of the Wright’s Creek and Andrew’s Pond. John was instrumental in returning the Creek and the Pond to environmental health from their moribund state years back. The Andrew family have been stewards of the land and water in East Royalty for generations. John brings to his community a strong commitment to the health of individuals, the health of his community, and the health of the environment.

August, 2020 - A study on The Effects of

Weather on Young-of-the-Year Brook Trout

Survivability

In the summer of 2020, Harriet Laver, a 2nd UPEI Coop student, hired by Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group as an Environmental Data Analyst undertook a study to take a look at the effects of weather on the number of the young-of - the-year (YOY) brook trout.  Harriet didn't find a correlation between overall temperatures and the number of YOY brook trout but she did find a correlation between the number of freeze/thaw cycles over the winter .  Harriet accurately predicted that the YOY results for Ellen's Creeks annual electrofishing survey would be up based on the correlation she made.  It is significant because climate change is expected to result in more freeze thaw cycles and less snow.