About

The Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee (MREAC) was formed in 1989 as a multi-stakeholder environmental non-governmental organization (ENGO) to address watershed-based issues. Since 1993 it has been a member of the Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP), now the Atlantic Ecosystem Initiative (AEI). MREAC continues to function as a multi-stakeholder community-based not-for-profit watershed organisation that monitors, assesses, and addresses environmental issues on 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.

Mission

The Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee is a community based multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to the continual improvement of environmental quality of the Miramichi River ecosystem with emphasis on the Miramichi watershed.

MREAC will accomplish this mission by:

  • Constructive consultation, cooperation and partnering with government, industry, municipalities and other stakeholders wherever possible
  • Supporting the advancement and application of scientific knowledge
  • Promoting and supporting an appropriate level of enforcement of environmental regulation
  • Active involvement in independent environmental monitoring
  • Promoting the responsible use of technology in environmental improvement
  • Celebrating and promoting the Miramichi River’s environmental qualities and values as appropriate to sustain a healthy sense of pride and stewardship
  • Venturing beyond our ecosystem boundary when needed to understand external factors impacting our watershed, to gain useful knowledge and promote sharing of information and technological exchange

Partners

MREAC partners and works alongside staff from:

  • Environment Canada (EC)
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
  • New Brunswick Department of Environment & Local Government (DELG)
  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Department of Health and Wellness (DH&W)
  • Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI)
  • Aboriginal Aquatic Resources and Ocean Management (AAROM)
  • University of New Brunswick (UNB)
  • Université de Moncton (UDM)
  • New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)
  • New Brunswick and Atlantic region watershed groups

Core Programs

The more recent MREAC core programs include:

  • Species at Risk
  • Renewables NB
  • Ice Observation
  • Lake Monitoring
  • Snow Course Monitoring
  • The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN)
  • Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring via satellite telemetry (web-based)

MREAC Executive

Chair

Linwood Dunham

Vice-Chair

Kevin Gallant

Secretary

Norman Stewart

Treasurer

Omer MacKenzie

Past Chair

Patrick G. McMahon

MREAC Staff

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Harry Collins

Executive Director

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Melanie Gallant

Executive Assistant

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Vladimir King Trajkovic

Environmental Project Manager