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Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan :: Healthy Bay, Healthy Community
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This spring, all the snow in your yard will melt away and miraculously disappeared. Now, let’s give a thought to where it all goes. Sure, some of it seeps into the gardens and lawn but a large percentage of it runs across the hard surfaces in your yard. Along the way it picks up a host of pollutants: pesticides, road salts, heavy metals, oils, bacteria, and other harmful pollutants. This is called stormwater runoff. Most of this runoff goes down the stormdrains on your street and simply runs into the nearest body of water, untreated. This can harm fish populations and their habitat, cause erosion problems and add contaminants to the water body.

You can reduce the amount and improve the quality of stormwater runoff leaving your property by installing stormwater landscape features.

At the Greening your Grounds workshop you will earn about this new trend, residential stormwater landscaping, using rain gardens, rain barrels, and permeable pavers to add pizzazz to your property.

Presenters from Quinte Conservation and Lower Trent Conservation will lead you through the steps to create a personalized plan for your property.

Topics will cover site considerations like: soil type, slope, size, location, plant species and costs.

 You will take home a free workbook that outlines the process to create your own tailored design.

Join us for this inspirational session on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00pm at the Ramada by Wyndham, 11 Bay Bridge Rd.
 
For more information go to the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan web site - www.bqrap.ca

This is a free event

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The third workshop is on Tuesday, March 31 - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Selby Community Centre and focuses on topics of interest for area farmers.

Dr. Karen Thompson from Trent University will discuss indicators of soil health.
Patrick Lynch is a Crop Specialist, renowned speaker, entrepreneur, and columnist his topic is, Using rotations tillage and soil test to keep water clean.

Jeff Meyer of Lower Trent Conservation will discuss how GIS analysis can identify highly erodible areas in farm fields.

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan will present on stewardship opportunities for Best Management Practices.


Water Soldier

Water Soldier is continuing it southward progression down the Trent River towards the Bay of Quinte. It is, now, located a far south as Glen Ross. If it reaches the Bay of Quinte it will negatively impact both boating and the fishery. Find out more about this invasive plant and its possible impacts on the Bay.


Water soldier is a prohibited invasive aquatic plant, native to Eurasia that was first observed in the Trent River in the fall of 2008.   Water soldier is an “evergreen” perennial plant resembling aloe vera or spider plants, with sharp, serrated leaf edges. It forms dense mats of floating and submerged vegetation that can aggressively out-compete other aquatic plants and negatively impact the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems. Water soldier also poses a threat to navigation and recreation. The population of water soldier in the Trent River is one of only two known wild occurrences in North America.


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Tweet for Osprey

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan (BQRAP) is looking for volunteer citizen scientists to help locate and monitor Osprey and Eagle nests around the Bay of Quinte. The goal is to establish a long-term monitoring program to ensure the Osprey and Eagle populations remain healthy and abundant. Last year, the environmental challenges related to fish/wildlife populations and habitat were classified as restored, meaning all the scientific criteria outlined in the BQRAP were met. Now, the focus changes to ensuring conditions don’t deteriorate. One way the public can become involved in the continued protection and restoration of the Bay is by participating as citizen scientists.

This year, we have simplified the monitoring process, all people have to do is take a photo at the nesting site with their Smartphone and email it in. The only techy part is to make sure the location settings on the Smartphone are turned on. In the email, add details like: whether the nest is active or not, number of adult birds, number of fledglings, and the arrival and departure dates, if you know them.  Send the photo and info in an email to - osprey@bqrap.ca. Now, you are a citizen scientist! Visit the nest site throughout the season and provide updates on the birds. The nest location will be added to the tracking map on the BQRAP web site and the photos will be posted for everyone to enjoy.

Why monitor Ospreys and Eagles? They are considered indicators of water quality health as their diets mostly consist of fish. Changes in the number of nesting pairs and number of chicks produced and fledged can reflect changes in aquatic ecosystem health.

Once, the widespread use of DDT brought these great raptors to the brink of extinction. But with a ban, in the 1970s, on this toxic pesticide and the efforts of federal and provincial governments, conservation authorities, groups, and individuals the Ospreys have made a dramatic comeback. Only, in the past 3 years have Eagles returned to the Bay of Quinte. Each year, a new nest site was established. Hopefully, this trend continues with another nest in 2019. 

 “The return of these top predators to the Bay of Quinte and their successful nesting is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Collecting data on how the Ospreys/Eagles are doing, will assist us with ensuring the Bay doesn’t return to the conditions that required a Remedial Action Plan in the first place”. - Sarah Midlane-Jones, BQRAP Communications.

Or contact: Sarah Midlane-Jones, Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan, 613-394-3915 ext. 214, smidlanejones@bqrap.ca

Mary Gunning, Quinte Conservation, 613-968-3434 ext. 106, mgunning@quinteconservation.ca  

Visit the nest sites throughout the season and post comments and photos of the birds for everyone to enjoy.

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Osprey Fact Sheet
 

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Lake Ontario/Bay of Quinte - Current Water Levels

BQRAP January 2020 Newsletter - this newsletter covers - Marsh Monitoring, new decade, stormwater


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.....


Annual Report 2017

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....