Municipal Workshop - March 6, 2014
Here are the presentations from the workshop
Progress and BUIs
Natural Heritage Strategy
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
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
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.