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Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan :: Healthy Bay, Healthy Community

Our Accomplishments

Annual Reports

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015


Municipal Workshop - March 6, 2014

Here are the presentations from the workshop

Progress and BUIs

80 Recommendations

Phosphorus Management

Natural Heritage Strategy

Fisheries

Delisting Options

Summary and next steps

State of the Bay Science Forum  - Oct 10 - 11, 2012

The focus of this forum is to ensure that we are on the right path - heading toward completion of the RAP and delisting. We have to make sure that our delisting criteria are scientifically defensible and compatible, so that we aren’t creating a greater imbalance within the ecosystem. We want to find out what needs to be done in the short term, one to five years, and what we need to watch for in the long term – post-delisting - to ensure no back sliding of the environmental gains in the Bay.

State of the Bay Science Forum Proceedings Report

State of the Bay - Beneficial Use Impairments Status Summary

Stage 2 Report


Environmental Challenge - BUI #4 - Fish tumours and other deformities 

Unimpaired 

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Exciting news, the Bay of Quinte RAP has enough scientific evidence to change the status of one of the environmental challenges facing the Bay - “Fish tumours and other deformities.” Based on the results of a detailed and lengthy study, it was determined that liver tumours in Bay of Quinte brown bullheads are no longer a concern. Brown bullheads were used for this study, since they are considered an indicator species that live near or on the bottom of lakes, rivers, and streams.

The Restoration Council which directs the Bay of Quinte RAP includes members from local Conservation Authorities, federal and provincial agencies and non-government organizations. They work together to implement the recommended actions to restore the Bay of Quinte. The Restoration Council approved the change in status of the environmental challenge, fish tumours and other deformities, to not impaired. 


Environmental Challenge - BUI# 7 - Restrictions on dredging activities

Unimpaired

An independent and comprehensive study was completed and it determined that Restrictions on dredging activities BUI #7 is not applicable to conditions in the Bay of Quinte given: There is a lack of industrial harbours where navigational dredging could be required; there are regulations in place that cover the disposal of dredged material from small projects; and sediment studies have been undertaken that show an absence of biological impacts in most areas of the Bay.

A staff report recommended changing the status of BUI#7 Restrictions on dredging activities to Not Impaired and the Restoration Council agreed.


Sewage treatment plant upgrades and optimizations

Phosphorus load restrictions on sewage treatment plants

Phosphorus reductions at sewage treatment plants from 215 kg/day (1970s) to 15 kg/day

Decommissioning of former industrial sites

Carbon filtration at all water treatment plants

Stormwater management guidelines for the Bay of Quinte to protect water quality in the bay.

Habitat enhancement and restoration programs have resulted in over 40 kilometers of shoreline have been planted with native trees, shrubs and grasses to reduce erosion and improve habitats.

Over 800 hectares of wetland have been either rehabilitated or protected.

2013 was the 12th year of the Community Wildlife Monitoring Program

Completed fish and wildlife habitat and fisheries management plans, natural heritage strategies, and a regional pollution prevention and control plan.

Recent News & Event 

Landowner Stewardship Programs - Spring is just around the corner. Time to start thinking about projects around your property - livestock fencing, shoreline naturalization, etc. Check out all the funding programs Here.....

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....

BQRAP February 2017 newsletter This newsletter covers: Volunteer as a citizen scientist and Secrets in the Soil Lunch and Learn

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

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

Bay of Quinte Interpreted 3 - The artist's interpretations are posted.

Blue-Green Algae ... More Info

BQRAP Annual Report 2015 - see what the RAP accomplished in 2015

2017 desktop calendars ...Here Enjoy a new photo with a monthly calendar

Go to Current Challenges to find out how close the RAP is to changes the status of these issues.

Artist, Aidan Haley donates painting for education programs

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....