Environment Canada

Environment Canada

February 22, 2008 10:05 ET

MP Kramp and Norlock Deliver: Government Takes Action to Help Protect the Bay of Quinte

TRENTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - Darryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings and Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing up to $200,000 to help protect and preserve the Bay of Quinte.

"Our Government is committed to clean water and clean air, and to delivering results for Canadians," said Mr. Kramp. "Today's action will contribute to safeguarding the health of our families and ensure that we protect and preserve this great Bay of Quinte for the benefit of everyone in our communities."

The Government of Canada funding will be used to monitor the waters of the Bay of Quinte and protect its precious ecosystem from contaminated sediment. The four-year monitoring project will begin in 2008 and be completed in 2012.

"This important work will contribute to safeguarding the health of our families and protecting the quality of life in our communities," said Mr. Norlock. "Together with support from local stakeholders, we are working toward ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for the citizens in the region who rely on the Bay of Quinte for fishing and recreation."

This major investment to clean up the Bay of Quinte is part of the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Clean Water. The Government has also taken action to protect water quality, including tough new regulations against the dumping of raw sewage and improving raw sewage treatment in municipalities and first nation communities across Canada. These measures will help filter out substances like phosphates, which can lead to excessive blue-green algae production.

A backgrounder on the Bay of Quinte clean-up project is available at: www.ec.gc.ca

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BACKGROUNDER

PROTECTING THE BAY OF QUINTE - PART OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA'S ACTION PLAN FOR CLEAN WATER

With an investment of up to $200,000, our Government is taking action to support ongoing monitoring work within the Great Lakes - Bay of Quinte. Through this commitment, the Government of Canada is protecting and preserving the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern, by ensuring the sediment at the mouth of the Trent River remains contained and does not enter the ecosystem.

The Bay of Quinte Area of Concern is a z-shaped embayment at the eastern end of Lake Ontario with a shoreline stretching for almost 100 kilometres from Trenton to Bath. The Area of Concern encompasses the bay and its 18,000 square kilometres and includes lands drained by the Trent, Moira, and Napanee rivers and a host of smaller tributaries.

The Trent River Mouth Investigation Steering Committee determined that sediment removal is not necessary at the mouth of the Trent, but that long-term monitoring will be required. The Government of Canada along with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment will monitor the area to ensure the contaminated sediment remains contained and do not enter the ecosystem. We expect to begin the four-year monitoring effort in 2008 and complete it in 2012.

Areas of Concern are severely degraded geographic areas within the Great Lakes Basin. Restoring environmental quality is a priority due to their impact on local and basin-wide ecosystem health. In August 2007, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced the 2007 Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. The Agreement focuses on cleaning up the remaining 15 Canadian Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes. The Bay of Quinte clean up is part of the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Clean Water and its goal of ensuring that all Canadians have access to clean, safe and healthy water.

(Egalement offert en francais)

Contact Information

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    Eric Richer
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