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Use, management of Annapolis River watershed focus of public meetings

Clean Annapolis River Project is hosting three community engagement sessions so residents may voice their ideas and concerns about the management of land and water resources in the Annapolis River watershed. The first meeting is Oct. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bridgetown fire hall.
Clean Annapolis River Project is hosting three community engagement sessions so residents may voice their ideas and concerns about the management of land and water resources in the Annapolis River watershed. The first meeting is Oct. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bridgetown fire hall.

First session at Bridgetown fire hall Oct. 12

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL - Clean Annapolis River Project is encouraging Annapolis County residents to voice their ideas and concerns in an upcoming series of community engagement sessions focused on the management of land and water resources in the Annapolis River watershed. 

Thanks to financial support from the Rural Community Foundation of Canada’s Community Fund for Canada’s 150th and the Municipality of the County of Annapolis, CARP is partnering with the county to undertake a strategic planning project that focuses on integrated resource management in the watershed.

The project will allow CARP to link its organizational planning to components of the County of Annapolis’ Economic Development Strategy, most notably the 2050 target to “reduce, remediate, and manage contamination of Annapolis County land, air, and water”.

By undertaking this process with support of the municipality, CARP will be better positioned to focus its efforts on the issues of greatest import and impact to the residents of the region while aligning and supporting the existing municipal economic development strategy.

Meetings

Community engagement sessions are scheduled for:

-- Thursday, Oct. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bridgetown Fire Hall

-- Tuesday Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wilmot Community Center

-- Wednesday October 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Port Royal Legion in Annapolis Royal

CARP announced the meetings in a media release Sept. 26 and said meetings will be facilitated by an external moderator, with CARP and county staff present.

Objectives of the community engagement sessions include collect data to understand community values as they relate to land and water resources; to identify community concerns related to land-use management and water resources; and to begin to assess management needs related to land use and water resources.

“Broad community representation will help to ensure that the data collected and recommendations stemming from the project reflect the interests of the many communities and stakeholder groups of Annapolis County,” the press release said.

For those who are unable to attend an in-person meeting, an online survey will be available through the CARP website. 

Stakeholders

The community meeting series will be followed by targeted stakeholder meetings, in order to gain further insight into the challenges related to land-use and water management issues, and to define solutions to these challenges where possible.

To learn more about this project or the community meetings, visit www.annapolisriver.ca/communityengagement or contact the CARP office (902)-532-7533, carp@annapolisriver.ca.

About CARP

Clean Annapolis River Project is an environmental NGO that operates throughout the Annapolis River watershed, with an office in Annapolis Royal. Its mission is to enhance the ecological health of the Annapolis River watershed through science, leadership, and community engagement. For more information visit www.annapolisriver.ca

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