Niagara Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada  ‘Blindsided” by Front-Line Staff Cuts at Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

NPCA Board Decision Shocks Environmental Group

“We are shocked by this action considering we had recently been in contact with (NPCA) Chair (Sandy) Annunziata who assured us of the importance of eco restoration to NPCA.” – Dennis Edell, Chair of Trout Unlimited Canada, Niagara Chapter

 A News Release from the Niagara Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada

 Posted October 2nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada was blindsided by the uexpected decision by the NPCA (Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority) Board to close down its eco restoration program. At the time of this announcement, both organizations were working as partners on implementing a five year plan to protect and restore Niagara’s primary watershed: Twelve Mile Creek. 

“Since the formation of the Chapter, we have had a productive partnership with the eco restoration group at NPCA,” says Dennis Edell Chair of TUC Niagara Chapter. “We are shocked by this action considering we had recently been in contact with Chair Annunziata who assured us of the importance of eco restoration to NPCA.”

Typically Trout Unlimited Canada’s Ontario chapters work closely with their Conservation Authority and other stakeholders on the restoration of their local watershed.

Twelve Mile Creek is the only year-round cold water resource in the Niagara Region, flowing from its source near Fonthill, through the headwaters and into Short Hills Provincial Park.  Its aquatic health and biodiversity has been challenged recently by population growth and storm water issues that have contributed to flooding incidents and property damage.

“The technical expertise and accumulated local knowledge of these NPCA staff in this watershed is invaluable,” continues Edell. “The restoration group was a success story for the NPCA. It was even popular with landowners and key to the protection of this important resource. What could be the rationale for letting these people go?”

Trout Unlimited Canada, a not-for-profit organization is Canada’s prime cold water conservation group with chapters across Canada corresponding to their community watershed. In addition to the NPCA, the Niagara Chapter consults with all local stakeholders including landowners, Niagara College, Friends of Short Hills Park, MNRF, and the Niagara Restoration Council.

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