A Brief History

The Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee (MREAC) has functioned as a community-based not-for-profit watershed organization since 1989. MREAC’s primary objective is environmental stewardship and management of the Miramichi watershed. The more recent MREAC programs include: Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring, Fish Habitat Protection, River Watch, Species at Risk (Glyptemys insculpta), (Ophiogomphus howei), (Alasmidonta varicosa), Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN), Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP), Lake Monitoring, Snow Course Monitoring, Ice Observation, and Aquatic Invasive Species.

Featured Projects

Lake Monitoring
 

Lake Monitoring

MREAC with the support of the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG) staff has been actively involved in lake monitoring in the Miramichi watershed.
Atlantic Salmon Habitat Assessment
 

Atlantic Salmon Habitat Assessment

For the past three years MREAC, with Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF) support, has completed Atlantic Salmon habitat assessments on the Bay du Vin River, Bartibogue River and Barnaby River systems respectively.
Snow Course Monitoring
 

Snow Course Monitoring

MREAC established a partnership with the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG) in 2009-10 to begin conducting snow and ice studies in the Miramichi River watershed. The project began in January 2010 with five stations throughout the Miramichi, and in 2013 expanded to include nine stations.

MREAC Partners

MREAC partners and works alongside staff from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG), Department of Energy and Resource Development (DERD), Department of Health and Wellness (DH&W), Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI), Anqotum Resource Management, University of New Brunswick (UNB), New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) and others.

The Miramichi Watershed

The Miramichi watershed encompasses approximately 23% (~13, 547 km²) of New Brunswick, and MREAC has been committed to the environmental stewardship and management of this important riverine and coastal ecosystem. The Miramichi River and her tributaries are considered to be one of the most important Atlantic salmon habitats in the world.
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