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Beneficial Use Impairment #7

BUI #7 - Restrictions on dredging activities

Status - Not impaired

On February 8, 2016, this environmental challenge completed the public consultation process, any comments received will be addressed by the Restoration Council. Then, the reports will be sent to Environment Canada and Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. At this stage of the process, additional technical review can be requested, additional work maybe specified or the reports will be accepted. Updates on this redesignation process will be posted as soon as they are received.

Restrictions on dredging activities - Infographic


In 1992, when the RAP was being developed, the open water disposal of dredged materials was allowed, primarily due to economic reasons. 

Open water disposal was the most cost effective means of disposing of dredged material and most dredging took place in commercial habours where capital or maintenance dredging was required to maintain navigational depths.

This issue was based on economic not environmental considerations

Today, there are federal and provincial  guidelines and regulations in place that cover the disposal of dredged material; and it is recognized that open water disposal is not an environmental benign activity, it has a detrimental effect on  aquatic habitats. 

In the Bay of Quinte dredging is an infrequent activity, and when conducted is on a small scale, typically for recreational properties. 

Where dredging is undertaken, the responsible agencies require upland disposal of the material, and open water disposal is not practiced. Large scale navigational or maintenance dredging is not undertaken. 

Therefore, the “restrictions on dredging” BUI is not directly applicable to the Bay of Quinte. 

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

Restrictions on dredging - final report

BUI# 7 Redesignation Report

BUI # 7 Staff Report recommending redesignation

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