Projects

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Atlantic Salmon Habitat Assessment

For the past five years MREAC, with ASCF support, has completed Atlantic Salmon habitat assessments on the Bay du Vin River, Bartibogue River, Barnaby River, and the Bartholomew River systems respectively. In 2015/16, with...

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Species at Risk

In partnership with Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service and the New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development, the Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee (MREAC)...

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Real-Time Monitoring

Real-time monitoring is an increasingly popular technology that is being used across the world. This technology allows users to have up-to-date results on various parameters and at specified intervals.

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Lake Monitoring

MREAC with the support of the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG) staff have been actively involved in lake monitoring on the Miramichi watershed.

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Swim Watch

Through the Swim Watch Program, MREAC monitors water quality at predetermined sites throughout the Miramichi River watershed. Beginning in 1993, 100 mL surface water samples have been collected during...

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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.

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CABIN

The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) protocol, as developed by Environment Canada (EC), is now a nationally accepted and applied technique for assessing the biological condition of wadeable rivers.

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Ice Observation

As part of the New Brunswick "River Watch" program, ice observation is a provincial initiative that monitors the potential for flooding along New Brunswick’s river systems in late winter and during the spring freshet.

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CAMP

The Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP) was launched by the Department of  Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in 2003 as a pilot program on southern Gulf of the St. Lawrence estuaries; at...

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River & Air Watch

River Watch / Air Watch are MREAC's community flagship program. Each year, citizens and stakeholders from the Miramichi address environmental concerns through this program. MREAC press releases...

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State of the Environment Report for the Miramichi Watershed – 2007

The successful spawning of Atlantic salmon can be taken as an indicator that the state of
the Miramichi River is generally good. Despite this, there are stresses on the Miramichi
watershed that should be examined when considering its long-term well-being or
sustainability. This report examines the state of the environment of the Miramichi River
watershed and specifically how it has changed over the past decade or so and how it
may be changing in the near future.

Archived Projects

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Renewables NB

The Cape Jourimain Nature Center is the provincial coordinator of the New Brunswick Renewable Energy Hub, whom collects case studies that demonstrate unique renewable energy systems...

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Microbial Source Tracking

Miramichi Inner Bay has traditionally been an area important for shellfish harvesting dating back to our first peoples. In recent years this harvesting has become significant as commercial aquaculture operations...

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Tunicate Monitoring

An Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is a marine animal that relocates to a new habitat and disrupts the natural balance of the ecosystem. These species may have no natural predators in their new habitat...

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Water Classification Program

"Water is one of New Brunswick's most important resources. We drink and bathe in it. We use it for agricultural, commerical and industrial purposes. We spend our leisure time around water when angling...

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Biodiversity Stewardship Program

The Biodiversity Stewardship Program is led by Nature NB in partnership with NB Department of Environment, and was created to engage New Brunswickers to become stewards of the environment.

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Chemicals Management Plan

From 2008 to 2010, MREAC partnered with Environment Canada to participate in a national initiative called the Chemical Management Plan at a  Miramichi watershed site on the Napan River. This program was...

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Cougar Station

In 2004, in support of a Masters student in Biology at the University of Moncton (Ms. Anne Sophie Bertrand) MREAC staff installed two cougar scent posts. The elusive "Eastern Cougar" was annually seen...

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Freshwater Mussel Survey

Freshwater mussels are an important indicator species of a healthy aquatic ecosystem. As benthic or stream bed living organisms, they play a role in the aquatic food web, in nutrient cycling and energy flow.

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Kennedy Lakes Portage Trail

Kennedy Lakes is a Class II Protected Natural Area (PNA) covering 206.65 square kilometers of land located close to the center of the province of New Brunswick. This PNA captures two eco-regions: Southern Uplands...

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Miramichi River Sediment Analysis

Contaminates remaining in the sediment of the Miramichi River and its estuary are due to its land-use history.  They may pose risks if disturbed. MREAC's analysis of sediment quality in 1993, 2002, 2005 and 2006 on...

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On-Site Remediation

As with all other rural settings in New Brunswick, the Miramichi watershed has abundant failing septic systems that are resulting in "black water" point source discharges into surface water. In this project, formerly...

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Sanitary Shellfish Project

In 2003/04, MREAC was successful in its partnerships to achieve an opening of 10 sq. km of rich oyster habitat on the Miramichi estuary. Since then, MREAC staff continues to target an additional area of...

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Striped Bass YOY Monitoring

MREAC has been involved in Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) stock and habitat assessment and management work on the Miramichi River. Support for protecting, monitoring and advancing the Striped bass management...

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Sub-Watershed Monitoring

Miramichi River watershed is ~ 13,547 km² and too large in scale for comprehensive annual environmental monitoring. MREAC thus divided the watershed into major sub-watersheds based on major tributary branches.

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Wetland Stewardship

MREAC assists and supports the construction of wetlands throughout the Miramichi River watershed. MREAC was engaged with Ducks Unlimited, the City of Miramichi and other partners to complete a 35 acre...

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MREAC Partners