DeSable-Argyle Shore residents met at a Strategic Planning Meeting on Oct. 6th, 2005, to discuss environmental problems in the vicinity, including the ever-increasing pungency of the estuary.
The DeSable River Enhancement and Activity Management (DREAM) group formed as a result of this meeting, when residents from throughout the area decided that they would volunteer to make improvements within the watershed.
The overall Goals of DREAM are as follows:
The overall goals established by DREAM are designed to help achieve its mission and vision laid out by the founding members in 2005:
Goal 1: To create the healthiest possible watershed, containing pure, natural water and the best possible environment for fish and other wildlife;
Goal 2: to improve the depth, current and flow of the watershed’s streams and rivers;
Goal 3: to establish an ongoing process of evaluating and repairing all aspects of the watershed once initial restoration is complete;
Goal 4: to involve the maximum number of community members in the watershed improvement process;
Goal 5: to educate the community and increase awareness of the importance of the DeSable watershed, as well as how each member can contribute to its well being;
Goal 6: to identify and/or expand the number of usable public green spaces, outdoor recreational areas, historical sites and safe trails for the benefit of the community;
Goal 7: to support and contribute to the economic vitality of the area;
Goal 8: to work with all influential parties, including provincial and federal representatives, ministers, government staff, and other watershed groups to expand the understanding and support for watershed efforts; and
Goal 9: to continually improve and strengthen DREAM’s organizational capabilities and volunteer participation.