The Pinchuk Community Builder Award is an award offered by the Prince Edward Island Institute of Professional Planners since 2013. This Award honours the contributions of the late Murray Pinchuk to professional planning practice on Prince Edward Island. Murray worked with the City of Summerside for many years and actively contributed to and promoted planning on Prince Edward Island.
The Prince Edward Island Institute of Professional Planners wish to announce that the 2021 Murray Pinchuk Award has been awarded to The PEI Watershed Alliance.
PEI has over 1100 km of highly erodible sandstone coastline deeply indented by estuaries. Because of their sensitivity to sea level rise, storms and increased development, our shorelines are among the most degraded and threatened habitats in the world. To address this challenge the Watershed Alliance along with multiple stakeholders conceived and executed the Living Shorelines demonstration project.
This project increased island capacity to address shoreline erosion both on residential properties and throughout our watersheds.
On PEI our eroding coastline is an issue that impacts everyone. Whether it is our home or favorite beach, the impacts of erosion are impossible to escape. The Living Shorelines project provides a positive and tangible option for islanders who are looking to address erosion on our coasts
Shoreline protection is a vital component of adapting to climate change on PEI. The Living Shoreline Project demonstrates one nature based adaptation option that is highly relevant for all islanders.
Congratulations to the PEI Watershed Alliance on all of your essential work.