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May 1, 2013
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Winter River Tracadie Bay Watershed Group honoured with Water Stewardship Award
Environment, Labour and Justice
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The Winter River Tracadie Bay Watershed Group has been named the winner of Prince Edward Island’s first Council of the Federation Water Stewardship Award, Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry says.
“These awards recognize outstanding achievement, innovative practice and leadership in the area of water stewardship. The Winter River Tracadie Bay Watershed Group has met all these criteria by building partnerships and continuously working for the protection of the watershed they serve,” said Minister Sherry.
The Winter River Tracadie Bay Watershed Group was formed to protect a rich productive watershed that faces constant pressure. The Winter River watershed extends north from the Winsloe Road all the way to Tracadie Bay, taking in farmland, cottage properties, suburban neighbourhoods and estuaries used for aquaculture. The Winter River Watershed has also served as the primary source of water for the City of Charlottetown for decades.
“Since 2008, the Winter River Tracadie Bay Watershed Association has been an advocate for this watershed,” the minister said. “They have educated students about water conservation, and worked with media to spread the word about their beloved watershed and its challenges.”
Minister Sherry presented the group with the award at Province House.
Council of the Federation Water Stewardship Award
The award builds on the Council of the Federation Water Charter, which was endorsed by Premiers in 2010. The Charter recognizes the collective obligation of Canadians and their governments to promote water conservation and protect water quality. Premiers directed their Ministers to use the Water Charter as a guide in their work.
Established by Premiers in 2011, the COF Water Stewardship Council provides information and strategic advice to Premiers on key trends, issues and opportunities related to Canada’s water resources. It also promotes and, where appropriate, implements the commitments of the COF Water Charter.