N.B. forms working group to study watershed management

The New Brunswick government has struck a working group to help provide recommendations on watershed management.

Environment Minister Serge Rousselle said developing a watershed management framework was one of the key issues raised last year during engagement sessions for a provincial water strategy.

"That is why our government has struck a technical working group to begin looking at this particular issue as an early action under the strategy and provide recommendations on how best to move forward," he said.

The 15-member group includes members of watershed groups, non-governmental organizations, industry, First Nations, regional services commissions and departmental staff, including:

  • Donald Killorn, Eastern Charlotte Waterways;
  • Rémi Donelle, Shediac Bay Watershed Association;
  • Stephanie Merrill, Nashwaak Watershed Association;
  • Annick Poirier, Gestion H2O, Caraquet;
  • Lois Corbett, Conservation Council of New Brunswick;
  • John Gilbert, J.D. Irving Ltd.;
  • Josée Albert, New Brunswick Agricultural Alliance;
  • Samantha Robichaud, Mi'kmaq First Nation;
  • Deana Sappier, Maliseet First Nation;
  • Wilson Bell, Greater Miramichi Regional Service Commission;
  • Michelle Gray, Phd., University of New Brunswick Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management;
  • Darryl Pupek, Department of Environment and Local Government;
  • Don Fox, PhD., Department of Environment and Local Government;
  • Nicole Duke, Department of Environment and Local Government; and
  • Katie Pettie, Department of Environment and Local Government.

Rousselle said the draft water strategy is expected later this spring.