709 Watershed Podcast

Everything 709 Watershed, all the time!

Bookmark this page for all the latest information on our new 709 Watershed podcast.  New episodes, topics, special guest appearances, live on-site locations, and much more!

Host Darren Sheppard, Co-Host Nicola Saunders, and “Sound Guru” Jordan Knee will guide you through the exciting and interesting world of environmental discussion, watershed news, local, provincial and national issues and stories, plus anything else that may pop into our heads!

IBEC would also like to thank our many sponsors of 709 Watershed:

Norton’s Cove Studio  –  The Homestead Adventures  –  Town of Indian Bay

Town of Centreville-Wareham-Trinity  –  Indian Bay Development Committee

Hare Bay Adventures  –  Hub of the North – Greenspond

Carter’s Dairy/Bakery/Deli/Gas Bar  –  Town of Gambo

Our schedule of episodes is below. Check back regularly to see what’s next for 709 Watershed. Always something happening in the Watershed!


Episode #1 – Fish management within Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro’s hydroelectric system

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Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro is the main power generator within the province’s electrical system. Its hydroelectric system uses the same rivers and waterways that salmon and trout use, such as the Exploits River, Granite Canal, etc. Working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, along with other stakeholders, NL Hydro is a key participant of fisheries management and protection.

In this episode, we’ll be interviewing Rod Healey, Manager of Environmental Operations, regarding NL Hydro’s commitment to ensuring healthy salmon and trout stocks while producing the province’s electricity.


Episode #2 – Eco-tourism along “The Shore”

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Tourism is one of the biggest economic stimulants for our provincial economy.  Along “The Shore” (Route 320 from the Town of Gambo through to Gander Bay, including Gander) and here in the Indian Bay Watershed, tourism is bringing an increase in the number of visitors to our area.  This increase has brought new businesses to cater to the cravings of those wishing to see the shoreline, take part in fishing, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

Duane Collins of Hare Bay Adventures and Curtis Roebotham of The Homestead Adventures discuss why they returned home from the mainland to start their respective eco-tourism businesses and why they see a bright future ahead.


Episode #3 – A discussion with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

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The NCC is Canada’s largest national land conservation organization. Operating in all provinces and territories, the NCC has helped protect 35 million acres throughout the country since 1962. Through educational programs, land trusts and land purchases, the NCC is doing its part in protecting wildlife habitat in this great country.

Darren sits down with Stewardship Coordinator Julia Lawlor & Program Director Megan Lafferty of the NCC regarding their roles in the organization, their role in Newfoundland & Labrador, and how protecting land in Canada helps conservation efforts.


Episode #4 – The importance of supporting local small business and its positive environmental impact: a conversation with Janet Davis

Release Date: November 29th, 2019

The debate regarding shopping locally, hitting up the big box store, or shopping online is a daily decision that many of us face. Which is better for your money? Which is better for the overall benefit of the environment? Which gives you, the customer, the most control?

Darren sits down with local artist and business owner Janet Davis of Norton’s Cove Studio & Cafe, to discover her thoughts on the subject and how her own environmental beliefs are shown in the way she runs her business.