History

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Established in 1993,

Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc. (ECW) is a not-for-profit, environmental resource and research centre located in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick. Serving Eastern Charlotte County, in Southwestern New Brunswick, ECW aims to collaborate with like-minded organizations to promote community well-being through sound environmental health. This is accomplished by facilitating projects that integrate common social, economic, and environmental concerns.

The mission of ECW is to encourage community awareness of the local environment, promote sustainable management of natural resources, and to assist with maintaining a viable local economy.

The scope of ECW’s activities encompass the following topics:

  • Integrated watershed assessment

  • Coastal zone management

  • Sustainable development

  • A participatory approach towards environmental management issues

  • Education

ECW shares its history with 16 other community-based environmental organizations in Atlantic Canada, through a program known as the Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP).

In 1991, faced with an urgent need to restore damaged coastal environments, Environment Canada initiated ACAP as a means of mobilizing local communities to address their own environmental and developmental challenges. Each site operated as an incorporated non-profit organization with its own board of directors that adapts their priorities to local challenges and circumstances.

ECW conducts work in the freshwater, coastal, and marine environments of Southwestern New Brunswick. This area is bordered by the Lepreau watershed in the east, and the Digdeguash in the west, encompassing the northern tributaries of the Magaguadavic to the Bay of Fundy.