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

Beneficial Use Impairment #14

BUI #14 - Loss of fish and wildlife habitat

Status - Restored - September 6, 2018

Around the Bay of Quinte - shorelines, wetlands and underwater vegetation that provide fish and wildlife habitat, have been destroyed by human activities.

Shoreline areas and wetlands are essential to the survival of a large variety of fish and wildlife - since they are spawning, nursery and feeding habitat. They also act as filters to improve water quality and help with flood and erosion control. 

Many of the wetlands and shorelines around the Bay have been impacted by development and agriculture. 

However, a great deal of work had been done to rehabilitate shorelines and wetlands. We have helped homeowners to implement shoreline rehabilitation projects and several large restoration projects have restored critical wetland habitat at Sawquin Island Marsh and Big Island Marsh. 

With the reduction in phosphorus levels in the Bay, water clarity has improved allowing light to penetrate deeper into the water. This has encouraged the re- growth of underwater plants that provide habitat for smaller prey fish like perch and sunfish and hunting grounds for top predators like walleye, bass and pike. 

By learning about the importance of natural shorelines, wetlands and under water vegetation in the over-all ecosystem of the Bay of Quinte, you can be part of the long-term solution in helping to maintain, enhance and rehabilitate fish and wildlife habitat around the Bay. 

This environmental challenge has met all the scientific criteria outlined in the Remedial Action Plan.

Here are the final reports.

Loss of fish and wildlife habitat Final Report

Loss of fish and wildlife habitat Appendices


Lake Ontario/Bay of Quinte - Current Water Levels

BQRAP Annual Report 2020

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.....

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.

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....