The Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee primarily works with all those rivers, streams and lakes that flow into the Kennebecasis River. From the head waters in Hamilton Lake, near Mechanic Settlement, to the head of tide at the Bloomfield Bridge above Hampton, the main stem of the Kennebecasis River wanders between its banks for approximately 95km while draining an area of 134,660 hectares or 1346km2.
Watershed: a word used to describe all the land area that collects the surface water which flows into a common water body
The Kennebecasis Watershed has a high percentage of agricultural land use (19%) as indicated by our land use map. The majority of agriculture land is directly adjacent to rivers within the watershed. This fact has highly influenced the river and the way that the KWRC has tried to restore it. It has also influenced the water classifications for the system.
The ecological and geological features also have a large impact on the conditions within the Kennebecasis Watershed. The KWRC provided input into the development of a great resource book, “Our Landscape Heritage: The Story of Ecological Land Classification in New Brunswick” on these issues. The Kennebecasis Watershed is predominantly classified as the Valley Lowlands Ecoregion with a small portion being classed as the Central Uplands Ecoregion. The conditions within these ecosystems have played huge roles in the historical and ecological development of the Kennebecasis River.
To gain a better understanding of the conditions of our watershed it is best to break it down into smaller components called sub-watersheds.