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Annapolis Watershed Agri-Stewardship Project
The Annapolis Valley hosts some of the best land for agricultural production in the province, and to this day agriculture is a staple of the local economy. In order to ensure the sustainability of our agricultural practices we need to address the negative environmental impacts they may have. This can be through utilizing tools such as Environmental Farm Plans (EFPs) and implementing best management practices (BMP’s)

This Agri-Stewardship Project engages members of the agricultural community across the Annapolis Valley watershed to work in collaboration with CARP to achieve common stewardship objectives.

View the 2014 Annapolis Watershed Agri-Stewardship Project Public Report

Riparian Zones

Many of the activities undertaken through the Agri-Stewardship Project are focused within the riparian zone. Riparian zones are the lands adjacent to streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. These areas are frequently flooded transitional lands, with no definite boundaries, between the body of water and drier upland areas. Included in the riparian zone are stream banks, the floodplain and plant and animal communities.

Riparian zones perform critical ecosystem services, including:
  • Water storage and recharging of groundwater aquifers
  • Bank stabilization and erosion control
  • Improved water quality through the filtration and trapping of nutrients and sediment being carried toward watercourses in run-off water
  • Provide wildlife habitat enhancing biodiversity and providing wildlife corridors across fragmented landscapes
  • Regulation of in-stream water temperatures through shading from trees, supporting healthy fish habitat
  • Decreased severity of flooding and high water events

Wetlands are lands that are seasonally or permanently covered by shallow water, including lands where the water table is at or close to the surface. The presence of abundant water causes the formation of water saturated soils and support plants that are able to grow either totally or partially submerged in water, or are at least water tolerant. The five major types of wetlands are: marshes, swamps, bogs, fens and vernal pools.

Examples of critical ecosystem services provided by wetlands include:
  • Replenish and store groundwater
  • Protect coastal areas from erosion
  • Provide flood protection
  • Filter sediment and pollutants from surface water
  • Hold large amounts of carbon
  • Provide habitat and food for a wide variety of species
  • 1/3 of Canada’s species at risk depend on wetlands for all or part of their lifecycles

Annapolis Watershed Agri-Stewardship Project (2013-2015)

Interested landowners whose farm practices take place near or within riparian zones or wetlands can have their property assessed to identify stewardship options that will protect or enhance the ecological health of these areas. CARP will then collaborate with farmers to generate recommended actions and potential site improvements.

Between late 2013 and 2015 CARP partnered with 7 farms as part of the Annapolis Watershed Agri-Stewardship Project. CARP was able to assist in delivering the following actions:
  • Installation of live-stock exclusion fencing to protect 9300 square feet of riparian habitat
  • Planting of 1000 native trees
  • The installation of a live sill structure as an erosion control mechanism
  • Assessment of water quality parameters
  • Willow staking

Recommended actions or site improvements are tailored specifically to meet the needs of each property, however, some possible recommendations may include:
  • Livestock fencing
  • Riparian re-vegetation
  • Water crossings
  • Wetland construction
  • Grassy waterways
  • Bank stabilization (live sill plantings)
  • Alternate watering systems
  • Covered manure storage
Participation in this program is completely voluntary, and CARP is continually seeking new farms that might be interested in future participation. The project takes a collaborative approach when working with landowners and managers, in order to identify best management practices and stewardship actions that are suitable and feasible for each individual farm. CARP also seeks opportunities to support the implementation of best management practices and stewardship actions, through financial support, labour, or technical guidance.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of Environment Canada, Shell Fueling Change Fund, and the TD Friends of the Environment Fund.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, Shell Fueling Change Fund, and the TD Friends of the Environment Fund.

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