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About the Clean Annapolis River Project

Our vision, mission & goals

The Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP) is a charitable, community-based, non-governmental organization incorporated in 1990. 

Vision Statement: Ecologically healthy watersheds

Mission Statement: To enhance the ecological health of the Annapolis River watershed through science, leadership and community engagement. 

Strategic Goals: 

  • To continually assess the ecological health and environmental stressors of the Annapolis River watershed

  • To identify and establish priorities and projects to enhance the ecological integrity of the Annapolis River watershed

  • To empower all decision-makers with the knowledge, tools, and research to make ecologically sound decisions with respect to the Annapolis River watershed

  • To facilitate collaboration among all stakeholders to address the environmental challenges facing the Annapolis River watershed

  • To engage local community members in the restoration and protection of the Annapolis River watershed in ways that are meaningful, relevant, and fun


History of CARP

CARP was created in 1990 when two unrelated events converged:

  • The rejection of the Annapolis River system as a candidate for designation as a heritage river

  • Its selection by the scientific community as a demonstration site for an innovative environmental management initiative


These two events lead to an invitation for CARP to participate in the Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP), an Environment Canada Green Plan initiative until 2010. 

Since 1990 CARP has developed several projects that address pertinent environmental issues in the Annapolis River watershed. These projects range from environmental monitoring to public education to habitat restoration to home assessment. Although the focus of our mission is the improvement of the local environment, many of our projects have resulted in economic, societal and health-related benefits and expand beyond the bounds of our watershed.

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