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.

Nepisiguit River

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

Tetagouche River

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 world".

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

    Pabienau Falls

    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.

    Tetagouche Falls

    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

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