Have your say about the Bay
After intensive scientific research two of the environmental challenges identified for the Bay of Quinte have started the process to have their status changed to unimpaired.
- Fish tumours and other deformities
- Restrictions on dredging activities
Public input is vital to this process
Please review the reports below. You can find additional information under the Current Challenges link. Check out the infographic
Then fill in the Redesignation Survey stating whether or not you agree with changing the status of the two environmental challenges.
Fish tumours redesignation report
Fish tumours staff report recommending redesignation
Restrictions on dredging redesignation report
Restrictions on dredging staff report recommending redesignation
The deadline to complete the redesignation survey is: Monday, February 8, 2016
The Bay of Quinte
The Bay of Quinte is one of the most picturesque bodies of water in Lake Ontario. Its shoreline stretches in a Z-shape from Trenton to Bath for almost 100 kilometers. The Bay's watershed is the largest in Southern Ontario, over 18,000 square kilometers and includes lands drained by the Trent, Moira, Salmon and Napanee rivers and a host of smaller tributaries.
The watershed includes the primarily agricultural based Prince Edward County to the south of the bay. The Trent River is responsible for most of the flow through the bay. The shoreline of the bay includes 19 provincially significant wetlands. About 400,000 people live in the area, with the population concentrated in the cities of Trenton and Belleville, the towns of Napanee, Picton and Deseronto, as well as the Mohawks of Tyendinaga Territory.
In 1985, the International Joint Commission (a Canadian – American Great Lakes watch-dog), under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, identified the Bay of Quinte as one of 43 Great Lakes Areas of Concern …a pollution hot-spot. The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan and its partners are, successfully, under-taking actions to rehabilitate the Bay.