Extreme Rain Event Sampling in the Bay of Quinte
The Bay of Quinte is a long and narrow "Z" shaped inlet located on the northern shore of Lake Ontario. The bay and the surrounding drainage basin were listed as an Area of Concern in 1987 under the GLWQA as 10 of the 14 beneficial use indicators of ecosystem health were deemed impaired. Excess nutrient runoff from agricultural lands, wastewater treatment plants and storm water contributed to extensive algae growth; one of the biggest challenges of the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan was the management of phosphorus loads into the watershed.
The goal of this project is to determine the effect of extreme rain events versus base flow on the nutrient levels for two tributaries flowing into the Bay of Quinte. Water quality data and water movement data will contribute towards a knowledge base for evaluating the status of and delisting Bay of Quinte as an Area of Concern, as well as provide a measure of the ecological response to remedial efforts.
The data are phosphorus concentrations at the Bay of Quinte (Ontario) for 10 stations from 2015 to 2018.
Bay of Quinte was designated as one of the 43 Areas of Concern in accordance with Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). Remedial Action Plan (RAP) is an ongoing collaborative effort implemented by federal, provincial, and local governments as well as industry and public partners. There are 3 key stages of the RAP: Stage 1 is a detailed description of the environmental problem; Stage 2 identifies remedial actions and options; Stage 3 is the final document providing evidence that the beneficial uses have been restored and the AOC can be “delisted”.
The Bay of Quinte is a narrow inlet, about 100 km in length, on the north shore of Lake Ontario near the eastern outlet of the lake. The Area of Concern encompasses the bay and its 18 000 km2 (1.8 million ha) drainage basin. The watershed includes the generally agricultural Prince Edward County on the south side of the bay and extends as far north as Algonquin Park. 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 around the bay concentrated in the cities of Trenton and Belleville, the towns of Napanee, Picton and Deseronto, and the Mohawk Tyendinaga Territory.
- Publisher - Current Organization Name: Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Licence: Open Government Licence - Canada
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