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Funding helps local landowners improve Bay of Quinte

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Funding of $17,500 from the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan (BQRAP) helped local landowners  implement a variety of stewardship projects to improve water quality including: livestock fencing, waterway plantings, and alternate watering systems projects.

“One of the main environmental problems with the Bay of Quinte has always been the amount of phosphorus entering it from both urban and rural sources,” said arah Midlane-Jones, communications with BQRAP. “Each of these projects will provide a significant benefit to the bay by reducing the amount of phosphorus reaching it, improving water quality for all users of the bay.”

Midlane-Jones said both livestock fencing and alternate watering systems will benefit water quality by reducing bank erosion, lowering sediment inputs, and stopping bacterial and phosphorus contamination from defecation.

“As development pressure increases, maintaining and restoring shorelines and wetlands will be critical to the health of the bay,” she said. “Adding or improving vegetation along a shoreline or wetland will help with erosion problems and act as a filter for sediment and nutrient runoff (phosphorus) from adjacent land.”

As the BQRAP gets closer to its goal of removing the bay from the ‘Areas of Concern’ list, Midlane-Jones said maintaining reduced phosphorus levels will be critical for the long-term health of the Bay.

There will be one more round of funding for 2015, and the application deadline is Sept. 1, 2015.

BOQremedialactionplanIf you have a project in mind and would like to find out if it’s eligible for funding assistance and technical support, visit www.bqrap.ca or contact Mary Gunning, Quinte Conservation, 613-968-3434 ext 166, mgunning@quinteconservation.ca
or
Emma Perry, Lower Trent Conservation 613-394-3915 ext 247, emma.perry@ltc.on.ca

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan is in partnership locally with Lower Trent Conservation and Quinte Conservation

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