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Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan


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This month's newsletter includes our Annual Report for 2020.

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Trends in Agriculture

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

7:00p.m – 8:00 p.m.

Registration is required for this virtual event.

Event link - https://trendsinagriculture.eventbrite.ca

Steve Duff, OMAFRA, Chief Economist will discuss - Trends in agricultural commodities in Bay of Quinte area – crops, livestock, etc.

Coming from dairy and beef background in Northumberland county, Steve completed a Masters in Ag Economics at the University of Guelph in 1996.  Steve joined OMAFRA in late 1997 after a year as a policy researcher with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.  For close to 15 years, he was OMAFRA’s lead on business risk management programs such as AgriStability and Crop Insurance.  Steve is currently OMAFRA’s Chief Economist.    He is also an adjunct professor of agricultural economics at the University of Guelph.  Steve and his wife Robyn also operate a beef and cash crop operation near Colborne Ontario.

Dr. Tom Bruulsema,  Plant Nutrition Canada, Chief Scientist will present on -

Trends in fertilizers use in Ontario and water quality, understanding 4R Nutrient Stewardship

Tom Bruulsema is Chief Scientist with Plant Nutrition Canada, providing support for the nutrient stewardship programs of the fertilizer industry since 1994. Raised on a farm near Hamilton, Ontario, he went to the University of Guelph for degrees in agriculture and crop science, then served as an agronomist with the Mennonite Central Committee in Bangladesh from 1986 to 1990, and subsequently went on to Cornell University for a PhD in Soil Science.

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan will present on it Rural Stewardship Program, which offers local farmers free soil testing, and grants for cover crop, livestock fencing, alternate watering and buffer zone. As well as, grants for projects that contribute to reducing erosion issues and nutrient loss risks on farms making a difference to their bottom line and the health of Bay of Quinte.



View the building a rain garden how-to-webinar below.

Greening Your Grounds

Greening Your Grounds


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!



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Soil - Making it work. Patrick Lynch will discuss Forages, Rotations and Tillage. Where does the soil go? Jeff Meyer explains about the newest techniques in mapping and measuring soil loss. Also, learn about BQRAP grants and programs.View the webinar HERE



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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 Annual Report 2020

BQRAP March 2021 Newsletter - This newsletter covers - Annual Report 2020, Rain Gardens, Soil Testing, and What's Eutrophication.


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....