CAWG Announcements

Winter Woodlot Tour Invitation - Explore P.E.I. Wild Side
What are the issues facing today's woodlots and watersheds ?  How can we work together to find common solutions to the hurdles of managing our resources sustainably - today and in the future ?
With this in mind, P.E.I. Model Forest, CQWF West River, Hunter-Clyde and the Wheatley River Watershed organizations would like to invite the public to attend the 4th Annual Winter Woodlot Tour on Saturday, February 01 (storm date- February 08). This event will run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM with no charge or registration required. The tour site is located between New Glasgow and Canendish at # 6123, Route 13, Mayfield.  Follow the signs.
Tour features
< Stream Enhancement Programs
< Forestry Programs
< Snowshoeing
< Island Winter Wildlife
< Chainsaw Maintenance and Safety
< Horse drawn Sleigh Rides
< Birds of Prey
< Rope Bridges
< Value Added Wood Products
< Birding P.E.I.
Many other interesting displays and presentations
Experts from the Department of Agriculture and Forestry and other organizations will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding Forests, Wildlife and Watershed management. There is no charge to attend this special event and there will be a heated tent with free hot cider.    

For more information, please contact me
 or visit us on facebook, P.E.I. Winter Woodlot Tour 2014. Please pass along this invitation to individuals and organizations that may be interested in attending.

March 2013 meeting

posted Feb 19, 2013, 5:46 PM by Cornwall Watershed

The March 2013 monthly meeting of the Cornwall and Area Watershed Group will be this Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 at the Cornwall Town Hall. All welcome.

Cornwall Newsletter Entry

posted Dec 12, 2011, 9:24 AM by Cornwall Watershed



The Cornwall and Area Watershed Group (CAWG) was founded by a group of Cornwall residents who wanted to play an active role in the preservation and revitalization of our local watershed. The group has been active since February 2009.  If you live in Cornwall, your watershed is the Hyde Creek Watershed.  It is a tremendous resource, important to the environmental sustainability of the community.

CAWG employees and volunteers completed a great deal of work in 2011.  A new coordinator and three youth from the community were hired. Together we held our annual Spring Clean-Up, continued with the brush-mat project, removed several blockages and raked away watercress. Currently, work is being done on a long term management plan for the Hyde Creek watershed and residents are encouraged to contact CAWG with any input on how the watershed should be managed for the long term.

There will be no CAWG meeting in December.  The next meeting will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 10th 2012 at the Cornwall Town Hall.  New volunteers are needed on the Executive to act as Treasurer, Secretary and Webmaster.  Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome and encouraged to attend the January meeting.




Happy Holidays,



Blair Trowbridge

CAWG President


2011 Enhancement Work SlideShow

posted Sep 30, 2011, 5:46 AM by Cornwall Watershed   [ updated Sep 30, 2011, 6:09 AM ]

Coordinator's Update

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:41 AM by Cornwall Watershed

I hope you are having a lovely summer!

As you all know there is a list of goals that the group would like to be completed this summer.
I had Todd Dupuis out the other day to make recommendations about rock pools. He is with the Atlantic Salmon Federation and has been in the field for 24 years.  He is recognized by the Dept.'s of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries as someone qualified to give recommendations. He advised me not to put in any rock pools. He did however recommend some other rock work.  Apparently the way some rock was placed near a culvert last year was incorrect, which will lead to the blowout of the bank around it within the next couple of years.  He offered to come and show us the proper rock placement and to supervise for a half hour.
In speaking with an individual from the Dept. of Forestry, I also found out that last year there were many recommendations from the Dept.'s of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries that a slit trap not be put in Hyde Creek as well.
On the other hand our brush matting is going extremely well.  We have much more than met our goal in this one.
I want to keep everyone in the loop so that it is not thought that we just never got around to these goals this summer.  Since we aren't holding an August meeting I am going to write an email update to all members of the group, and I am hoping that one of you could possibly send me the group list.

Anyhow,  have a good day.


Slide Show

posted Jul 27, 2011, 5:21 PM by Cornwall Watershed   [ updated Aug 29, 2011, 6:44 AM ]

A slide show of some of the work completed by CAWG during the month of June 2011.
Download to PowerPont below:

CAWG Goals & Objectives for 2011

posted Jul 27, 2011, 5:05 PM by Cornwall Watershed   [ updated Jul 27, 2011, 5:06 PM ]

-         Hold our annual Open House to increase the awareness of our inclusive group. We held a similar event in 2010 that was attended by the Minister of Transportation and Public Works, the Minister of the Environment, the Mayor of Cornwall and many residents. We had a cake cutting and an informal information session.


-         Hire one full time Watershed Coordinator, one seasonal Labour Supervisor and two seasonal Labourers.


-         Hold our annual Spring Clean-up in early July. Our employees and volunteers have removed several truck loads of waste from the watershed in 2009 and 2010.


-         Obtain all required permits and permissions required.


-         Continue with our Brush Mat Project. The brush matting completed during 2010 has yielded impressive results. Sections of the watershed that have been treated with brush mats are already showing open water, reduced watercress and a healthy flow of water. With the appropriate funding we believe that we can triple the area brush matted in 2011.


-         Remove any new blockages in the watershed. Establish a silt trap and new rock pools.


-         Work with all stakeholders to complete a long term watershed management plan.


-         Develop an educational strategy to increase awareness of the importance of our watershed. We would also like to hold regular educational tours of the watershed for residents.   


-         Continue to rake and remove the invasive watercress from the watershed.


-         Work with the Town of Cornwall to address our concerns- the enforcement of buffer zone regulations, improvements to the storm water outlets at Hillside Meadows, the removal of water from Hyde Pond and the replacement of the fish ladder at Hyde Pond.

CAWG Spring Clean-Up 2011

posted Jul 20, 2011, 6:38 PM by Cornwall Watershed

We held our annual Spring Clean-Up on June 25. We hauled a trailer load of waste from the watershed. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Blair Trowbridge
CAWG Chair

Funding Announcement

posted Jul 20, 2011, 6:35 PM by Cornwall Watershed


We have been fortunate to receive funding in 2011 so that we may continue the good work of protecting and revitalizing our watershed. We would like to thank the following:


  • The Town of Cornwall
  • The Wildlife Management Fund
  • The Community Internship Program
  • Jobs for Youth


We have hired Lauren Giddings as our Coordinator in 2011. Lauren is a graduate of Holland College’s Applied Sciences Program. Josh Beaton is also returning this year as a Labour Supervisor. We have also hired two student labourers- Brandon Vallee and Lenny Seaman. We look forward to seeing the results of their hard work.



Blair Trowbridge

CAWG Chair

CAWG Open House 2011

posted Jul 20, 2011, 5:40 PM by Cornwall Watershed   [ updated Jul 20, 2011, 5:49 PM ]

The CAWG Open House was held at the Terry Fox Complex in March 2011. The event was attended by MP Wayne Easter, Minister of the Environment Richard Brown, Minister of Transportation & Public Works Ron MacKinley, Deputy Mayor of Cornwall Cory Frizzell, Councillor Marlene Hunt, and Councillor Peter Meggs.
Blair Trowbridge
CAWG - Chair

Duck Race Winners

posted Aug 31, 2010, 1:36 PM by Cornwall Watershed   [ updated Sep 12, 2010, 9:05 AM ]

 A rubber duck race was held on Aug. 21 at Hyde Pond in Cornwall as a joint fundraising effort between the Cornwall Lions Club and the Cornwall and Area Watershed Group.

Pictured (below as attachments) with the $1,000 top prize are (from left) Wayne Smith, President of the Cornwall Lions Club; Freeman Trowbridge, 1st prize winner; and Peter Meggs, Chair of the Cornwall and Area Watershed Group.

Other prize winners were Sheri McCarthy, winner of $300.00, and John Keoughan, winner of $100.00.  CAWG and the Cornwall Lions Club would like to thank all those who supported this great effort.

Peter Meggs,
CAWG President

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