Charlotte MacAulay

There is a myriad of issues when it comes to human behavior encroaching on natural habitat.

In Kings County in particular, yes there are issues, but more importantly there are numerous examples of what is being done right.

Rivers and streams filled with silt are evidence of runoff.

But the blame shouldn’t all go to farmers and the field they work.

In fact, most farmers are better stewards of the land than the rest of us who don’t make our living from the soil.

Buffer zones, crop rotation and hedgerows are only a few of the tools farmers use to hold the soil in the fields and keep it healthy.

Rural PEI is famous for its scenic red clay roads. And while they may make a summer Sunday drive a memorable jaunt, those very same roads in the spring run red with mud that can ultimately end up in the streams and estuaries.

No matter the cause, the build up of silt in watersheds is detrimental to many species.

The unpredictably of extreme weather events due to climate change is an ever emerging concern as well.

Thanks to the dedication of watershed groups whose mission in part is to ensure healthy habitat for species of all kinds there is much to tout.

Whether it is installing a fish ladder, clearing a stream of debris or planting marram grass to rejuvenate sand dunes all of the restoration work introduces positive changes to our ever threatened ecosystems.

Charlotte MacAulay

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