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.


Continual improvement of environmental quality of the Miramichi River ecosystem with emphasis on the Miramichi watershed.

MREAC will accomplish this 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

Core Programs

The MREAC core programs include:

  • Web-Based Satellite Telemetry Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring
  • Atlantic Salmon Habitat Assessment
  • Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN)
  • Swim Watch Program
  • Lake Monitoring
  • SeagrassNet
  • Species at Risk (Glyptemys insculpta), (Ophiogomphus howei), (Alasmidonta varicosa)
  • Snow Course Monitoring
  • Ice Observation

MREAC Office

MREAC Executive


Linwood Dunham


Kevin Gallant


Norman Stewart


Omer MacKenzie

Past Chair

Patrick G. McMahon


Executive Director

Harry Collins

Executive Assistant

Melanie Gallant

Environmental Project Manager

Vladimir King Trajkovic


MREAC partners and works alongside staff from:

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
  • New Brunswick Department of Environment & 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)
  • Université de Moncton (UDM)
  • New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)
  • New Brunswick and Atlantic region watershed groups