English Session Veteran’s Community Hall 4955 Main Street Dorchester, NB Feb 25, 2020 6:30—8:30p.m.
French Session – PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE DUE TO FEB 27TH WINTER STORM CANCELLATIONS Le Club d’âge d’or (Berceau) 409, rte La Vallée, Memramcook NB NEW DATE: MARCH 5TH 2020 6:30-8:30p.m.
We want to hear from you! The Memramcook causeway is deteriorating and facing major repairs in the near future. The time has come to discuss options surrounding the future of the causeway and the Memramcook River. Petitcodiac Riverkeeper would like to share data collected on the current state of the causeway and present options for moving forward. Join us for a Public Dialogue on this topic—an opportunity to share feedback, ask questions, raise concerns, and brainstorm opportunities and ideas around the potential of the Memramcook River for its surrounding communities. Your voice will help Petitcodiac Riverkeeper act in the best interest of the community.
Still Work to Do for Petitcodiac River Post-Restoration
Petitcodiac Riverkeeper Hosts Community Engagement Symposium to Discuss New Ecotourism, Recreation and Economic Development Opportunities
On Monday, October 28, 2019, Petitcodiac Riverkeeper hosted a historic symposium bringing together businesses, municipalities, towns and villages, wildlife protection and restoration organizations, universities, artists, economic development organizations, people who live and work along the Petitcodiac River, and others who see potential in the river to build the local economy in an ecologically responsible way.
The symposium’s goal was to help Petitcodiac Riverkeeper develop an environmentally responsible strategy to take advantage of new opportunities offered by the restoration of the Petitcodiac River, such as ecotourism, recreation, environmental and public health, economic development and community resilience.
For the past 20 years, Petitcodiac Riverkeeper and its community partners have worked together to bring attention to the plight of the Petitcodiac River. The results have been historic. The natural flow of the Petitcodiac River is returning, as are fish and habitat. The tidal bore is once again a major tourist attraction. Never in Canadian history has a tidal river been brought back to life and offered such a unique opportunity to make significant contributions to the quality of life and economies of urban and rural communities.
However, these tremendous accomplishments do not mean the Petitcodiac River is safe from the harmful effects of climate change, erosion, flooding, or from human-made issues. Growing ecotourism and recreational use of the river, while a welcome opportunity for economic development, also create potential issues, and must be done in a way that ensures the safety and well-being of both the river and the public.
“Petitcodiac Riverkeeper is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year,” says the organization’s Chair, Ronald Babin. “We are extremely grateful for the incredible gains we have made in restoring our beloved river. Now that the bridge replacing the causeway is under construction, the river will soon see its natural flow restored. It is time to look forward to a very bright future. The October 28th Petitcodiac River Symposium is our gift to the community: an invitation to our many stakeholders, partners, and friends to come together to develop a shared vision for this future.”