The International Joint Commission’s International St. Croix River Watershed Board invites you to a public meeting on Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00 pm (AT).
The St. Croix River system contains a series of dams which fish that live part of their lives in the ocean, such as alewives, must navigate in order to spawn each year. An IJC-funded project aims to bring a population model for alewives online.
Alewives are returning to the St. Croix River in improved numbers, with 270,659 counted crossing the Milltown Dam – located between St. Stephens, New Brunswick, and Calais, Maine – as of the end of the counting season on July 18.
All special reports concerning projects of the board can be found below:
From June 15 to September 17, 2010, the International St. Croix River Watershed Board (Board) accepted public comments on a draft plan to restore the sea-run (anadromous) alewife, a native fish species, to the St. Croix River basin.
Many of the comments on the plan fault it for protecting an introduced species, the smallmouth bass, at the expense of the indigenous species, the alewife, if the bass do not continue to reproduce well. Why not just open the river in its entirety and monitor the effects, as many have asked?
Before the plan can take effect, there will need to be consultation with FSC agencies, stakeholder groups including tribal interests on both sides of the border, and the public.