St. Croix International Waterway Commission - Past and Future

Where has the SCIWC been? Where are we now? And where are we going?

The SCIWC is an international, non-profit organization working to protect and manage the St. Croix River. This timeline highlights progress made within the watershed, by multiple groups, toward the goals of our International Management Plan.

1982-07-01 00:00:00

Atlantic Salmon stock assessments

1982-07-01 00:00:00

St. Croix Fisheries Steering committee

Inter-agency, international steering committee meets to coordinate fisheries planning.

1982-07-01 00:00:00

NB St. Croix Waterway Recreation Area

New Brunswick designates the St. Croix Waterway Recreation Area.

1982-07-01 00:00:00

Maine Rivers Study

The St. Croix is recognized as one of the state's most outstanding rivers in the Maine Rivers study.

1983-07-01 00:00:00

Maine Rivers Act

Special protection was given to the St. Croix when the Maine Rivers Act was passed.

1984-07-01 00:00:00

Canadian Heritage Rivers Nomination

The St. Croix becomes the first river in Atlantic Canada to be nominated as a Canadian Heritage River.

1986-11-17 00:00:00

MoU gives birth to SCIWC

The Governor of Maine and Premier of NB agreed to the general principles of a joint commission to oversee management of the St. Croix waterway.

1987-06-26 00:00:00

State of Maine St. Croix International Waterway Commission Act

"An Act Creating the St. Croix International Waterway Commission" is approved by the Governor of Maine.

1987-06-27 00:00:00

NB Passes SCIWC Act

The Province of New Brunswick passes the St. Croix International Waterway Act.

1988-07-01 00:00:00

Backcountry site maintenance

The NB Department of Natural Resources maintained backcountry facilities on the St. Croix.

1988-11-02 11:53:19

First meeting of the SCIWC

The St. Croix International Waterway Commission holds its first official board meeting.

1989-01-02 11:53:19

SCIWC full operation

The St. Croix International Waterway Commission begins full operation.

1989-01-06 00:00:00

Quoddy Loop tourism plan

The Quoddy Loop tourism marketing strategy encourages international tourist traffic.

1990-01-01 00:00:00

St. Andrews wastewater upgrade

The Town of St. Andrews improves its wastewater system.

1990-02-01 00:00:00

Waterway logo created

The star/maple logo of the St. Croix Waterway was adopted.

1990-06-01 00:00:00

Woodland Pulp LLC upgades

The spill collection system was installed and storm/sanitary sewers were rerouted for treatment.

1990-06-01 00:00:00

Woodland mill production and wastewater improvements

Woodland Pulp LLC makes a series of 16 improvements to their production and wastewater systems to improve water quality.

1990-06-01 00:00:00

Bayside Quarry

Concerns about the visual impact of the Bayside quarry are stressed.

1990-07-01 00:00:00

Smallmouth bass stock assessments

1990-07-01 00:00:00

Smallmouth bass stocking

US agencies conduct stocking of smallmouth bass in the lakes that form the headwaters of the St. Croix.

1990-09-01 00:00:00

Calais upgrades wastewater

The City of Calais separates wastewater and stormwater lines to reduce pollution.

1990-09-01 05:26:11

Waterway maps produced

The first waterway based maps spanning both Maine and NB were produced.

1990-12-31 08:48:02

Calais, ME adds 6 historic sites

Six sites and districts in Calais, ME are added to the US National Register of Historic Places.

1991-05-15 00:00:00

Boat access improvements begin

1991-05-30 09:28:19

St. Croix Estuary Project established

The St. Croix Estuary Project is established to address environmental concerns within the estuary.

1991-05-30 09:28:19

Educational programs in local schools

St. Croix Estuary Project, the SCIWC, local teachers, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation run numerous environmental and fisheries education programs in local schools.

1991-06-06 00:00:00

St. Stephen shorefront walkway

The town of St. Stephen, NB creates a shorefront walkway and develops waterside parks.

1991-06-06 00:00:00

Newsletters distributed

International distribution of reports and newsletters on St. Croix issues.

1991-06-06 00:00:00

International library and materials database established

The SCIWC maintains a library of paper and online resources related to the St. Croix.

1991-06-24 00:00:00

International Festival

The International Festival in St. Stephen and Calais is a celebration of the links and bonds between these communities.

1991-06-30 00:00:00

Woodland mill ceases release of 2 chemicals

The Woodland mill facility stops using elemental chlorine and ends dioxin release into the St. Croix River.

1991-06-30 05:26:11

NB Adopts Clean Water Act

The province of New Brunswick adopts Clean Water Act.

1991-07-01 00:00:00

Initial Access Inventory

The SCIWC completes a public access inventory for the waterway.

1991-07-01 00:00:00

Fish Stock assessments and creel surveys

agencies in Maine and NB regularly assess fish stocks within the lakes.

1991-07-01 00:00:00

collaborative fish stock regulation

NB and Maine work together to coordinate fish stock regulation within the waterway.

1991-08-30 00:00:00

River canoeing survey

Users of the river were surveyed to inform recreation management.

1992-01-01 00:00:00

Calais adopts comprehensive plan

The City of Calais adopts a comprehensive waterway plan in line with the SCIWC plan.

1992-01-06 00:00:00

Hours retained at border crossings

SCIWC works with local residents and agencies to keep small border crossings in the upper watershed open.

1992-05-30 09:28:19

Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program

The SCIWC, CLIC, and MVLMP establish and continue annually water quality monitoring in Spednic and East Grand Lakes.

1992-05-30 09:28:19

St. Croix Lake Book created

The comprehensive "What you can do" St. Croix Lake Book is created and distributed to the public.

1992-06-01 00:00:00

Lake water quality baseline monitoring

Lakes within the watershed are monitored at intervals to ensure a baseline water quality is met.

1992-06-01 00:00:00

St. Croix Canadian Stamp

Canada Post and the Canadian Heritage Rivers Board worked with the SCIWC to feature the St. Croix as part of the heritage stamp folder.

1992-06-01 00:00:00

Waterway Heritage Brochure produced

Printed brochure highlighting historical and cultural significance of events along the waterway was printed and distributed.

1992-06-03 00:00:00

Calais shore park and walkways created

The city of Calais, ME worked to create a walkway on an old railway line and opened a shorefront park.

1992-06-06 00:00:00

Chiputneticook Lakes International Conservancy founded

1992-06-06 00:00:00

St. Croix Estuary Project formed

Environment Canada, SCIWC, local partners

1992-07-01 00:00:00

Protection of public access

Organizations such as the SCIWC, the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, and government agencies work to protect and create public access points to the waterway.

1992-07-01 00:00:00

Fish passage improvements

Fish passages at Grand Falls dam and Woodland dam are improved.

1992-07-02 01:14:33

River Cleanup event

Local youth and community groups, in conjunction with SCIWC, participate in annual cleanups removing garbage and waste from the river shorelines.

1992-08-30 00:00:00

Agency and outfitter needs assessment

Recreational needs assessment for agencies and outfitters is conducted to inform planning.

St. Croix International Waterway Commission - Past and Future

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