What is SSWA?
The South Shore Watershed Association (SSWA) is an association of independently managed watershed groups of the south-central area of Prince Edward Island, Canada. It was founded and incorporated in 2011 and obtained federal charitable status in 2013 (#810189407RR0001).
SSWA encompasses the following watersheds: DeSable, Westmoreland/Victoria, and Tryon rivers, Augustine Cove-Cape Traverse, and Seven Mile Bay, and their respective watershed groups (some active, some in development).
SSWA is managed by a volunteer board of directors appointed by their respective watershed groups. SSWA also employs a Project Manager, Kellie Lockhart, who pursues funding for and coordinates the projects, hires summer students — and much, much more! The bulk of the watershed work is carried out by summer students, supplemented by volunteers who enjoy getting down and dirty whenever they can.
The creation of this regional association has many benefits for the individual watershed groups:
- – coordinated working relationship with government departments
- – hiring/management of summer students
- – more economical purchasing of supplies
- – greater PR/public education power
- – tackling of projects too large for one group to handle
- – regional short-term and long-term watershed management plans
- – publication of SSWA Tidings newsletter, covering all constituent groups