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The Shediac Bay Watershed Association
The SBWA is a non-profit environmental organization that works to protect and enhance the Shediac Bay Watershed, namely the Shediac and Scoudouc Rivers and their tributaries.
Our Vision is communities working together to foster a healthy ecosystem that will sustain the quality of water for future generations. The SBWA will accomplish its vision through education and community stewardship.
What is a Watershed?
A watershed is a geographic concept representing the area of land from which runoff (from rain, snow and springs) drains to a body of water. Within each watershed, all water flows down to a common point such as a river, lake or bay, usually leading to the ocean.
On its way, water travels over the surface and across farm fields, forest land, suburban lawns, and city streets, or it seeps into the soil and travels as groundwater.
Every stream and brook needs to remain in the best possible condition because they all flow to coastal areas. Healthy inland freshwater sources mean healthier coastal waters. All the water on the land eventually makes its way to a watershed system nearby. Humans make decisions that affect the quality of the water as it journeys all the was to the oceans.
Understanding our watershed is key to making better decisions and using sound environmental practices to protect the water resource. These practices will help preserve our resources and minimize our impact on the water quality.