St. John River | WWF-Canada
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The St. John River

Wolastoq, the Maliseet people call it: beautiful river. From time immemorial the St. John—a maze of blind bays, tributaries, lakes, and marshlands—has been the lifeblood of New Brunswick. The towns that grew along its banks structured their lives around its flows: its freezes and thaws, log drives and floods, and the run of Atlantic salmon coursing from the Bay of Fundy upriver to spawn. Today, communities in the St. John River watershed are experiencing the harmful impacts of climate change, including an increase in extreme flooding, blizzards, ice and wind storms.In a changing world, we must act to ensure that this river and its resources remain healthy and secure. WWF is working to help the St. John’s communities establish that vision and bring it to life. 

WWF-Canada Expert

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Simon J. Mitchell
Senior specialist, St. John River
WWF is working in partnership with local organizations, scientific experts, communities and river stewards from all walks of life to advance three key objectives toward restoring resilient and healthy St. John by: 

(1) Establishing a broadly shared vision and commitment, among diverse stakeholders, to engage in collaborative action to restore and sustain the health of the St. John River and its waters.

(2) Bringing the best science to the table to develop an action plan to restore more natural flows to the river and its tributaries.

(3) Working with local municipalities and other stake holders to understand and adapt to climate change within their communities.

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WWF is charting a sustainable path for the St. John. Our intent is to help demonstrate that it's possible to meet the water needs of both people and nature, not just here, but in watersheds across the country.