The Oromocto River Watershed is nearly 1/2 the size of Prince Edward Island and occupies space in four counties, Sunbury, York, Charlotte and Queens. It is located in Southwestern New Brunswick, Canada.
The drainage area is approximately 2500 square kilometers. This includes the Town of Oromocto and the communities of Lincoln, Rusagonis, Waasis, Waterville, Haneytown, Base Gagetown, Geary, French Lake, Hanwell, Nasonworth, Charters Settlement, New Maryland, Beaverdam, Tracy, Yoho Lake, Little Lake Road, Cork Station, Harts, Harvey, Tweedside, Blissville, Hoyt, Patterson, Wirral, Enniskillen, Mill Settlement, Juvenile Settlement, Sand Brook, Back Clarendon, North Oromocto Lake and South Oromocto Lake.
The top of the watershed consists of North Oromocto Lake and South Oromocto Lake. These large lakes are crystal clear and average about 7 meters in depth. North Oromocto Lake (13km x 4.5km) is near Harvey N.B. The North Branch (45km) flows east northeast through the villages of Tracy and Fredericton Junction. South Oromocto Lake is 7 km long and 2 km wide. The South Branch is 39 km long and flows north-northeast through the communities of Hoyt and Central Blissville. The two branches join near Central Blissville and flow 42 km north-northeast to its mouth at the Saint John River by the Town of Oromocto.
Both branches (North and South) are fast running with many tributaries. The main Oromocto becomes tidal in low water for approximately 40 km to its mouth. This tidal area forms a calm, flat basin containing many streams, lakes and ponds.
The early spring freshet adds 6 meters to the depth over summer and creates a flood plane reservoir of approximately 45 km by 3 km.
WHAT IS A WATERSHED?
“Water runs downhill” and a watershed is a land area whose runoff drains into any stream, river, lake and ocean. All land is part of a watershed and we all live in a watershed. As water flows downhill in small to progressively larger streams and rivers, it moves over land and provides water for urban, agricultural and environmental needs. The watershed community is made up of everyone who lives there plus all other plant and animal life. We, as humans along with plant and animal life depend on the watershed and influence it in some way. A watershed collects water from rainfall, it stores water of various amounts, it releases water as runoff, it provides diverse sites for chemical reactions to take place and it also provides habitat for floral and fauna. Human activities affect all of the functions of a watershed. It is up to us to improve and protect our watersheds for the generations to come.
The highlight of my vacation home to Canada (aside from the much-need break from the Texas heat) was a personal tour of several adventure trails and covered bridges in the Oromocto River Watershed. After many years of working with Robin and Diane on the website, it was wonderful to visit these special places. Although the pictures on the website capture the beauty of the watershed, they still don’t compare to seeing them in person. Those beautiful landscapes will truly take your breath away!
Karla FisherCEO, Authentic Web Solutions, LLC
“Over the years I have tried to visit and explore every waterfall, lake, pond, stream, mountain, hill; and vale contained in this vast area of the Oromocto Watershed. They have been adventures that have filled my soul and helped make my life more complete. We need to be proud and protective of what we have in our neighborhood, our watershed. I hope you will want to protect it in any way that you can. I trust that you will share your experiences with others and leave the next generation a place that is precious and unspoiled. Through awareness and participation you will become a proud sponsor. I’m sure you will be filled with special rewards and your life will be fuller and richer.”
Robin Hanson President, Oromocto River Watershed Association Inc.