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Sarah Harmer & Franke James celebration this Friday – Get your tickets!

After seven years of promoting living green in Quinte, it’s time to celebrate!

The organizers of Living Green in Quinte (formerly known as the Sustainable Living Symposium) have decided 2012 to be the final year.

“It’s been incredibly successful” mentions Daniel Orr, a member of the planning committee from Lower Trent Conservation. “Since 2006, Living Green in Quinte has seen over 2500 people learn about living a greener lifestyle. So for our final event, we wanted to do something really special.”

The planning committee, which consists of 13 local organizations, has enlisted the musical talents of Sarah Harmer, and environmental artist and activist Franke James to perform at the Empire Theatre in Belleville, on Friday, March 30th.

“This evening is about celebrating all of the green successes in the Quinte region, from the recent increase in solar panels, to the health of the Bay of Quinte. It’s about the entire Quinte community, and its future,” explains Daniel, “All of the funds generated from this event will go back to the Friends of the Frink Centre, the group who started this event six years ago.”

Initially held at the Frink Centre, Loyalist College hosted the two-day Living Green in Quinte where a wide range of experts taught registrants about living a greener lifestyle, such as solar, wind, and geothermal technologies, strawbale construction, hybrid vehicles, and more.

Tickets are on sale now at The Empire Theatre for $25.

For more information contact Quinte Conservation at 613-968-3434

Living Green in Quinte is organized by: Quinte Conservation, Friends of the Frink Centre, Hastings Stewardship Council, Prince Edward Stewardship Council, Loyalist College, Hastings Federation of Agriculture, Lower Trent Conservation, County Sustainability Group, Prince Edward County Environmental Advisory Committee, City of Belleville Green Task Force, Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, and the United Nations Association in Canada – Quinte

More about the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan

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.

YOU COULD WIN! – Play the “Bay in a new way” – CHALLENGE!

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action targets are:

• Stable, healthy and diverse fish, bird, and wildlife populations.

• Restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption are not significantly influenced by contaminant sources in the Bay.

• Fish tumours and other bird or wildlife deformities in the Bay are not significantly different than comparable unimpaired areas within the Great Lakes.

• A positive trend and change in communities of bottom-dwelling creatures  (benthic invertebrates).

• Nutrient inputs managed to result in fewer nuisance algae blooms and related improvements in water quality.

• Drinking water demonstrates a positive trend in taste and odour with no restrictions related to toxic compounds.

• Fewer beach closures and acceptable water quality conditions in the Bay recreational waters.

• Demonstrate a positive improvement in water quality aesthetics compared to the pre zebra mussel invasion.

• Positive trend in the health of phytoplankton and zooplankton communities (creatures that form the base of the aquatic food web) and further, in comparison with unimpaired areas in the Great Lakes.

• Fish and wildlife habitat protected and/or restored to acceptable levels.

Visit Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan online!

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