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Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan

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Another chance to - Have your Say About the Bay

The environmental challenge related to Aesthetics has met the criteria outlined in the Remedial Action Plan.

A public comment period runs from Monday, November 9 - Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

FINAL REPORT

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The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan has realized another milestone. Now, we are asking for your input - is the environmental challenge related to Aesthetics ready to be classified as restored? 

How do we define aesthetics for the Bay? In the Remedial Action Plan(RAP), the criteria states: Nearshore surface waters of the Bay of Quinte are free of any substance due to human activity that produces a persistent objectionable deposit, unnatural colour or turbidity or unnatural odour (for instance, oil slick or surface scum).

A Technical Working Group comprised of experts in their respective fields recommended a weight of evidence approach be used for assessment purposes. It was determined the Aesthetic Quality Index(AQI) methodology used by the Toronto and Region RAP would be the best approach to evaluate the Bay’s aesthetics. The Aesthetic Quality Index (AQI), identifies substances that produce a persistent, typically man-made and non-natural deposit on the waterfront or along watercourses that is objectionable and appears in sufficient amounts to interfere with, or impair, the aesthetic quality and use by the public.

In 2018 and 2019, monitoring staff from Lower Trent Conservation and Quinte Conservation collected water samples from a total of 215 sites around the Bay. The water samples were evaluated on four environmental endpoints: clarity, colour, odour and debris. These 4 endpoints were each assigned a score based on the observed conditions, which is then used to calculate a AQI for each site. By combining the AQI of each site an overall score is determined, above 9 is considered excellent. In 2018, the final AQI score for the Bay was 9.5 (Excellent). In 2019, the final AQI score of 9.8 (Excellent).

At this stage of the Bay’s rehabilitation your input is vital to ensure the Bay remains a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. Once an environmental challenge is classified as restored, there is no going back to revisit the decision. For that reason, everyone is encouraged to submit comments during the public comments period. All comments are reviewed and included in the final report that is submit to the Federal and Provincial government for their concurrence that the environmental challenge has met criteria and is ready for a status change to restored.



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Greening Your Grounds



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Learn how to build your own rain garden at this webinar.
The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan and Lower Trent Conservation will walk you through the process of building your own rain garden. Starting with choosing the correct site, and size of garden for your property, to the final stage of selecting native plants that will thrive in your rain garden.

Learn if you are eligible for a grant of up to $500 for native plants, soil, compost, gravel, and mulch used to establish a functioning rain garden. Grant funding is for the urban areas around the Bay of Quinte. 

Jason Jobin, BQRAP Environmental Technician, Lower Trent Conservation
613-394-3915 ext 242 or jason.jobin@ltc.on.ca  Email Jason Today!

Christine Jennings, BQRAP Environmental Technician, Quinte Conservation
613-968-3434 ext 106 or cjennings@quinteconservation.ca  Email Christine Today!



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Another Water Quality Challenge Restored

Restrictions on drinking water or taste and odour problems


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How is your favourite lake doing?

State of the Great Lakes 2019




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Questions and Answers to high water levels on Lake Ontario


This is a great reminder about how this pandemic started, it was first and foremost an environmental crisis.



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How will we make it happen?



Restoring Areas of Concern boosts economic development

This report covers the successful restoration of 10 Area of concern. “ The story told in this report, and by these Great Lakes communities, documents and illustrates the very tangible, as well as often intangible benefits of this cleanup to the people of the Great Lakes states and provinces. It provides a powerful case for sustaining the flow of cleanup funding that has quite literally revived communities.” Executive summary.

Great Lakes Revival 2019

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Lake Ontario/Bay of Quinte - Current Water Levels

BQRAP September 2020 Newsletter - This newsletter covers - Greening Your Grounds Workshop, Fish  Recipes, Stay Connected, Rural Stewardship


Lake Ontario/Bay of Quinte Water Levels Fact Sheet.

Septic Stewardship Program... More Info  Find out if you are eligible for a free septic tank pump out and up to 80% cost sharing for minor repairs.

Healthy Soils Check-up Program - Farmers you could be eligible for FREE soil testing. More Info...

Landowner Stewardship Programs - Check out all the funding programs Here.....

A Summer of Science on the Bay. Follow as we highlight our partner agencies' summer monitoring.

1. Quinte Conservation

2. Environment and Climate Change Canada (EC)

3. Coastal Wetland Monitoring

4. EC and Canadian Centre for Inland Waters

5. Fisheries and Oceans Canada

6. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Blue-Green Algae ...  More Info

Water Soldier - Find out about the impacts of this invasive plant on the Bay of Quinte 

Project Quinte 2017 Report
A multi-agency research and monitoring program for the Bay of Quinte

Ontario's Great Lakes Strategy - More here

Great Lakes Protection Act Here

Quinte Area Bird Report The Quinte Area Bird Report is updated weekly. Read more....