THE BATHURST SUSTAINABLE
More than 120 years ago William Hickman crossed the Atlantic from England to enjoy the
fishing in the United States and Canada. One of his stops was the town of Bathurst, New
Brunswick, which at the time boasted 800 people, four churches, four shipyards and lumbering
operations. Mr Hickman, who wrote "Sketches on the Nepisiguit", reported on the
four major tributaries in the Nepisiguit Watershed.
The Little and Middle Rivers, he noted, were
worthy of the "brown trout that frequented them", the "Tootoogoose"
(the Tetagouche) was an "exceedingly beautiful stream...abound
with brown and white trout, and ...very good salmon pools". The fourth
tributary, however, "surpassed the others in every particular [way]; its
scenery is of the most wild and varied character, while as a salmon river it
is without a rival in the known parts of North America and, most probably, in the
Bathurst Watershed History
We, at the Bathurst Sustainable Development Project, tend to agree with William
Hickman's remarks. While the pristine nature of the area has changed throughout
the years due to the nature of industrialisation, the residents
of the Nepisiguit Watershed still maintain its one of the most beautiful places
in Canada. There are presently concerns, however, that without proper watershed management,
the beauty of it all may be destroyed.
The concern for quality of life and water quality in our watershed led to the
establishment of the Bathurst Sustainable Development Project in mid-July 1995.
The overall objective of the project is to set up a long-term mechanism for
communication and action among government, business and the community. The project
also encourages residents to take a more active part in mitigating the impact of watershed
effluent in the Bathurst Watershed.
Bathurst/Nepisiguit Watershed Project Area