The Green Network
The Green Network is a partnership between ACAP Saint John and community stakeholders like the Fundy Regional Solid Waste Commission and the City of Saint John. This partnership has been designed to encourage individuals, community groups, businesses and schools to take real action (against the environmental degradation of littering and illegal dumping) by organizing community cleanups throughout the region.
In the last 10 years, volunteers have helped with the removal of over 140 tonnes of waste from the Greater Saint John area. This weight is the equivalent to 23 elephants!
The Green Network continues to highlight the success of this volunteer based model as increasing numbers of people from throughout Greater Saint John become engaged in the hands-on grassroots management of their local environment. In 2018, the Green Network helped organized 18 different cleanups involving 715 volunteers, which resulted in the removal of 5,105 kg of debris from the Greater Saint John area.
Need help organizing or promoting a cleanup in your area?
ACAP Saint John will provide materials (i.e. gloves, bags, etc.) and information on how to organize and execute a successful Cleanup. Give us a call at 652-2227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Already completed a cleanup?
Fill out our quick online survey to help ACAP Saint John keep track of the amount of debris collected and the areas already cleaned across our region:
This year, with the help from 199 volunteers, ACAP Saint John planted 1,103 trees throughout the Greater Saint John area. Volunteers had the opportunity to be involved in, and learn about, habitat restoration while experiencing nature first-hand and getting their hands dirty. A diversity of volunteers participated in planting events including a wide range of ages, experience, and backgrounds.
ACAP Saint John's Water Ranger programme is a new initiative designed to engaged the youth of Greater Saint John in the management and appreciation of our region's beautiful aquatic resources. Through the distribution of citizen science kits to local schools, we give an entirely new generation the opportunity to have a direct impact on monitoring the health of their local lakes, wetlands, creeks, streams, rivers or watersheds, while encouraging outdoor activity and environmental stewardship.
Green Infrastructure in Saint john
Improving stormwater infrastructure was one of ACAP main projects over the 2018 field season. This was done through the planting of native trees and shrubs, and to educate the general public and decision makers on the importance of green stormwater infrastructure and the benefits in can have on the community with regards to managing stormwater. The addition of trees and shrubs to stormwater detention areas and flood prone riparian areas will increase filtering capacity of these areas to improve water quality, improve habitats for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, store more water through tree uptake and improve overall aesthetics of the area.
With the help from the City of Saint John’s Transportation and Environment Services department, existing stormwater detention ponds and flood prone riparian areas throughout the city were chosen based on their need for re-naturalization, increase filtering capacity, and water retention needs. The plantings were all done by hand by ACAP Saint John staff with the help of volunteers when possible.
EXAMPLE: Bayside Drive Snow Deposition Site
The City of Saint has designated a parcel of land off Bayside Drive as a snow deposition site [referred to as a “Snow Dump”] for the city’s snow removal, where each Winter the City deposits snow from municipally-serviced streets primarily from the city’s East Side. This snow deposition site is circumnavigated by Hazen Creek, which ultimately flows into the Red Head Marsh. As the deposited snow pile melts in Spring, the contaminants and particles that have accumulated within the snow over the Winter from cars, human activities and air pollutants can be carried into this diadromous fish-bearing stream. These contaminants include garbage, oil, gas, heavy metals, salt and air pollutants. Eventually, these pollutants could impact not only the local watercourse but also the Bay of Fundy ecosystem.
To improve the site, staff from the City of Saint John dredge road sand deposits from the creek near the culvert, creating a pooling area for fish. Topsoil was then spread on either side of the stream for the spreading of Fall rye and the planting on native trees (including White spruce, Eastern white cedar, Eastern hemlock, Bur oak and White pine).
Manchester Bird Sanctuary
Did you know that there is a parcel of land on the City’s west side that is a registered sanctuary for preserving wildlife habitat in an urban environment? This undeveloped piece of land is home to over 48 different pieces of migratory birds.
To learn more about the Sanctuary, what species inhabit the space and what recent work we’ve accomplished click the link below!