What is Your Vision of the St. Croix River in the Future?

 From Monument Brook to Passamaquoddy Bay, the St. Croix International Waterway Commission is asking residents, businesses, and government agencies what they value about the St. Croix River. 

Since 1993, the SCIWC has worked to protect, manage and restore the St. Croix River as outlined in its international management plan. The plan, which was created by the SCIWC after extensive consultation throughout the watershed, is implemented voluntarily and has been successful in many of its goals. You can view an interactive timeline of progress on the SCIWC website at www.stcroix.org, as well as a copy of the 1993 plan. 

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since 1993; the watershed has changed. Increased border security, population changes, industry changes, climate change, and changes to laws mean it is time to update the Plan. The SCIWC is now gathering public input to do just that. 

“The management of this waterway is as unique as the community that lives here,” states Abby Pond, Executive Director of the SCIWC. “As residents and business people living and working here, it is essential that our priorities and values are reflected in how our waterway is managed.” 

Community meetings will be held in Calais, St. Stephen, St. Andrews, Robbinston, McAdam, and Forest City during the week of October 20th.

The Schedule: Monday, Oct 20th, Calais, 12:00 – 1:00pm (Eastern), Wabanaki Cultural Center

Monday, Oct 20th, St. Stephen, 5:00 – 6:00pm (Atlantic), Garcelon Civic Center

Tuesday, Oct 21st, St. Andrews, 12:00 – 1:00pm (Atlantic), Sunbury Shores, Back Gallery

Tuesday, Oct 21st, Robbinston5:00 – 6:00pm (Eastern), Robbinston Historical Society

Wed, Oct 22nd, McAdam, 12:00 - 1:00pm (Atlantic), McAdam Village Office

Wed Oct 22nd, Forest City, 5:00 – 6:00pm (Eastern), Woodie Wheaton Land Trust

For those unable to attend in person, a short survey will also be available online; comments and feedback are also welcomed by telephone and email. 

In addition, the SCIWC, in conjunction with the International Joint Commission, will be hosting a two-day event November 20 and 21, 2014 at the Huntsman Marine Sciences Centre. This event, entitled Sustaining the St. Croix: Research, Partnerships and Action, will be free for everyone to attend. For more information, see www.stateofthestcroix.org . (Another release to follow)

All members of the public are invited to share what they value about the waterway with the SCIWC over the coming months. The feedback will be included in the next management plan, which will be released in 2015. 

For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:  Abby Pond, Executive Director, St. Croix International Waterway Commission, staff@stcroix.org, 506.466.7550.