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Envirominute Podcast 2014 Archive

PhragmitesDecember 25, 2014 - Invasive Species

Invasive species are plants, reptiles or animals that are not native to an area and are brought from other countries. Invasive species threaten native species around them and often destroy them and take over. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Green Christmas TipsDecember 18, 2015 - Green Christmas Tips

Christmas is right around the corner. This year, make it a green one with some of our tips. Listen to this week's podcast to find out more.

Septic TruckDecember 11, 2014 - Septic Tanks

If you live in a rural area or if you have a cottage, you probably depend on a septic system for treating your wastewater and sewage. ot everyone who has a septic system knows about it or how it works. Because it's buried under ground, it tends to be out of sight and out of mind. Find out about maintaining your septic tank in this week's podcast.


Adopt An AcreDecember 4, 2014 - Adopt An Acre

Adopt an Acre of Quinte Conservation Land and help preserve and protect natural heritage lands in your watersheds. We are pleased to offer over 30 magnificent conservation properties open to the public. Find out how you can help protect these spaces in this week's podcast.

Least BitternNovember 27, 2014 - Least Bittern

The Least Bittern is a species at risk. The main threat to this bird is the destruction of its wetland habitat. Shoreline development, wetland loss and drainage, and invasive species are all serious threats. Find out more in this week's podcast.

photo courtesy Mike Baird

Breeze DamNovember 20, 2014 - Breeze Dam

This dam was constructed in 1982 to replace an old deteriorating structure. The purpose of the dam is to maintain summer water levels in the Salmon River at Forest Mills. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Quinte Cosnervation AreaNovember 13, 2014 - Quinte Conservation Area

As the home base for Quinte Conservation, this area offers an abundance of recreational opportunities. Trails wind through this former farm, past fragrant orchards, open meadows and scenic woodlands. Find out more in this week's podcast.

GroundwaterNovember 6, 2014 - Groundwater

Nearly three million people in Ontario use and depend on groundwater every day. Groundwater supplies us with drinking water and water for agricultural and industrial uses. Find out more in this week's podcast.


ToothcupOctober 30, 2014 - Toothcup

The Toothcup grows along lake and river shorelines on thin, sandy, muddy or gravely soils on Precambrian bedrock. This shoreline habitat is often submerged in the spring and early summer and emerges when the waters recede. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Hallowe'enOctober 23, 2014 - Tips for  "Green" Hallowe'en

Halloween is right around the corner. This year make it eco-friendly with some tips from Quinte Conservation. Listen to this week's podcast for all the details.

Septic TankOctober 16, 2014 - Are you affected by policies in the Source Protection Plan?

Activities on the land and water near drinking water sources can impact water quality and quantity. A Source Protection Plan was developed for the Quinte Region that contains policies to address activities that are potential threats to municipal drinking water sources. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Stream of Dreams muralOctober 9, 2014 - Stream of Dreams Program

Quinte Conservation has been offering the Stream of Dreams programs in local schools since 2008. The mural’s purpose is to inspire everyone to protect and conserve water to ensure a healthy future for our rivers, lakes, oceans and communities. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Skootamatta DamOctober 2, 2014 - Fall Dam Draw Down

Quinte Conservation owns and operates 36 dams and water control structures. Water levels in lakes and rivers are lowered each fall to provide additional storage space for spring melt waters. Careful consideration goes into altering water levels. Fall fish spawning, boating, navigation and cottager’s needs are all important. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Pumpkin and gourdsSeptember 25, 2014 - Have a green Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  This year make it a green one.  Listen to this week's podcast to find out some environmentally friendly tips for Thanksgiving.

Eastern PondmusselSeptember 18, 2014 - Eastern Pondmussel

The Eastern Pondmussel was once one of the most common mussels in the Great Lakes. Now the population has diminished drastically. The Invasive Zebra Mussel is largely responsible for the disappearance of this species. Find out more about this endangered species in this week's podcast.

Rusty Patched Bumble BeeSeptember 11, 204 - Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

The Rusty-patched Bumble Bee was once widespread and common in eastern North America, found from southern Ontario south to Georgia and west to the Dakotas. Now it is a species at risk in Ontario. Find out more in this week's podcast.

photo courtesy Christy Stewart

WaterSeptember 4, 2014 - What is Stewardship and how can it affect our water sources?

Our activities can have positive effects on land and water resources. Some stewardship actions require little or no effort and others require an investment of time and resources - but they all pay benefits. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Lawn sprinklerAugust 28, 2014 - Water Conservation Tips

The average Canadian uses more than 300 litres of water a day. That's more than double some European countries. Half of our water use is unnecessary and wasteful. Causes are leaky faucets, faulty plumbing, and over-use of water for watering the lawn and washing the car. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Barn OwlAugust 21, 2014 - Barn Owl

The Barn Owl is a species at risk. It needs grassland habitats, and these are being lost to urbanization and changing farm practices. The Barn Owl is a distinct looking owl that can easily be identified by its white heart-shaped face, black eyes, golden colour, pale, lightly speckled under parts, and long legs. Find out more in this week's podcast.

McLeod DamAugust 14 - McLeod Dam

At Quinte Conservation we own and operate 36 dams and water control structures. This week we’re featuring the McLeod Dam. Constructed in 1979, the McLeod Dam is located on the Moira River in Belleville, 200 metres upstream of the College Street Bridge. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Drinking waterAugust 7, 2014 - What can we do to protect our drinking water sources?

There are actions we can all take to protect both water quality and quantity. We can be aware of where our water comes from. We can protect groundwater sources by maintaining wells, keeping septic systems functioning and taking care not to spill contaminants like fuel on the ground. Find out more ways to protect drinking water sources in this week's podcast.


Sheffield Conservation AreaJuly 31, 2014 - Sheffield Conservation Area

Quinte Conservation owns and maintains over 30 Conservation Areas. This week we are featuring Sheffield Conservation Area, located 11 km south of Kaladar and 37 km north of Napanee, on Highway 41.  Listen to the podcast to find out more about the wildlife at Sheffield.

King RailJuly 24, 2014 - King Rail

King Rail birds have suffered major declines over the past few decades. Invasive species and the destruction of wetlands due to drainage, pollution and shoreline development have all played a role in their decline. Find out more about this species in this week's podcast.


Harry Mulhall DamJuly 17, 2014 - Harry Mulhall Dam

This week podcast looks at the Harry Mulhall Dam. This dam is located just south of the 401 on the Moira River. Constructed in 1989, the primary purpose of the dam is to create a ponded area to allow the water to freeze during the winter period.  Find out more by listening to the podcast.

Water jugJuly 10 - Caring For Your Well

Half the people in the Quinte Region get their water from a private well. Private wells must be properly maintained to ensure a safe water supply. Listen to this week's podcast for some simple things you can do to keep your well water safe.


DogJuly 3, 2014 - Green Pet Ownership

Green pet ownership is easier than we think! A lot of grocery stores and pet stores now offer organic pet food, cat litter, biodegradable poop bags and shampoos. There are even ways to compost your pet’s waste! Find out more in this week's podcast.


Frog June 26, 2014 - HR Frink Conservation Area and Outdoor Education Centre

The HR Frink Conservation Area is located on Thrasher Road in Plainfield. This area features a maintained boardwalk and an education centre that is operated by local school boards. Find out more about this great conservation area in this week's podcast.

Skootamatta Lake DamJune 19, 2014 - Safety Around Dams

Quinte Conservation owns and operates 36 dams and water control structures. These dams have many uses such as water supply, flood control, recreation and to energy production. However it is very important to exercise caution whenever you’re working, boating, walking or fishing near dams. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Source Protection PlanJune 12, 2014 - What does Source Protection Planning Mean for Our Communities?

It means that policies will help to protect a vital community resource – our drinking water sources.  It means that public health will be protected and people will be able to depend on safe, clean and abundant drinking water from their taps and much more.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

Whip-poor-willJune 5, 2014 - Whip-poor-will

The Eastern Whip-Poor-Will is considered a species at risk. The reason for its decline is habitat loss as a result of natural changes when open fields and thickets become closed forest in the north, and intensive agriculture in the south.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

PhragmitesMay 29, 2014 - Invasive Phragmites

Invasive Phragmites is a water-loving plant from Europe and Asia that can grow to up to 15 feet tall. The stem is a beige-tan colour with a rough and dull texture. Leaves are a blue/green colour and the seeds form in dense brooms. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Natural ShorelineMay 22, 2014 - Natural Shorelines

At Quinte Conservation the words “natural shoreline” are used frequently. For most waterfront property owners this can be a scary thought. Many water front property owners fear that a natural shoreline will eliminate their beautiful view of the water. This is simply not true! Find out more in this week's podcast.


Little Bluff Conservation AreaMay 15, 2014 - Little Bluff Conservation Area

This week we’re featuring Little Bluff Conservation Area located in scenic Prince Edward County. This area is steeped in history and rich in natural features. Little Bluff is located atop a 20 metre high limestone bluff and commands a panoramic view of Prince Edward Bay and the rugged shoreline of this southern reach of the county. Find out more about Little Bluff in this week's podcast.

WellMay 8, 2014 - Why look after your well?

Old, unused or improperly maintained wells can be a hazard to our health and safety. They can be a direct path for contaminants on the land to reach our source of drinking water. Find out more in this week's podcast.

River RedhorseMay 1, 2014 - River Redhorse

The River Redhorse is considered a species of special concern. Although it is not listed as a species at risk, it is still protected under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act. Find out more in this week's podcast.

image from North American Native Fishes Gallery

Second Depot Lake DamApril 24, 2014 - Second Depot Lake Dam

Quinte Conservation owns and operates over 35 dams and water control structures. In this week's podcast find out about the Second Depot Lake dam.

Earth DayApril 17, 2014 - Make Every Day Earth Day

Earth Day is just around the corner – April 22nd. Quinte Conservation would like you to make everyday Earth Day. By doing little things every day you can make a huge difference! Find out what you can do in this week's podcast.

Risk Management PlanApril 10, 2014 - What is a Risk Management Plan?

Some policies in the Quinte Region Source Protection Plan call for risk management plans. A risk management plan regulates how a significant drinking water threat activity is undertaken on a specific property. Find out more in this week's podcast.

RegulationsApril 3, 2014 - Permits and Regulations

Our Regulations and Planning staff are out making site visits every day. Some of these visits are for permits or to investigate violations. These knowledgeable and dedicated staff members work hard to protect our watersheds.  Find out more about their important work in this week's podcast.

Dog on a leashMarch 27, 2014 - Keep Pets Leashed at Conservation Areas

Quinte Conservation is concerned about off leash dogs at some of our conservation areas. Even if your dog is friendly and well trained, it is important that all dogs are kept on a leash for public safety. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Water BottleMarch 20, 2014 - Say "No" to Bottled Water

Ontario has some of the country’s strongest treatment, testing, operator training and public reporting standards for its municipal drinking water. And, on top of that, it has a program to protect municipal drinking water sources from contamination and depletion. Find out more reasons to say "no" to bottled water in this week's podcast.

Wishart DamMarch 13, 2014 - Wishart Dam

Constructed in 1990, this dam is located on the Moira River in the City of Belleville, slightly upstream of Highway 401. The Wishart Dam is one of six ice control dams in Belleville. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Garlic MustardMarch 6, 2014 - Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard is a plant from Europe that was introduced to North America in the 1800s as a culinary herb but is now considered an invasive species. It displaces native ground cover and alters soil chemistry to best suit its own growing conditions. It can quickly take over an area. Find out more in this week's podcast.

cleaningFebruary 27, 2014 - Green Cleaning

There are ways to improve our overall health and well-being and be kind to the environment without sacrificing cleanliness. There are many green alternatives when cleaning. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Massassauga Point Conservation AreaFebruary 20, 2014 - Massassauga Point Conservation Area

This week we’re featuring Massassauga Point Conservation Area located in Prince Edward County overlooking the Bay of Quinte. In the early 1990s, the Friends of Massassauga volunteer organization was formed, and with their help, the Massassauga Point Conservation Area has continued to be a showcase for both natural and human history. Find out more in this week's podcast.

BobolinksFebruary 6, 2014 - The Bobolink

The Bobolink is a species at risk. Their populations have declined considerably over the past half century. As a wide ranging species that migrates in and out of Ontario, there are likely several causes for this decline.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

Hot Water TapJanuary 30, 2014 - Energy Saving Green Tip

Saving energy is good for the environment and can also save money. There are ways that we can all help by doing seemingly small things. Listen to some simple tips for your hot water heater that will help you save energy and money.

Dwarf HackberryJanuary 23, 2014 - Dwarf Hackberry

The Dwarf Hackberry is a species at risk. The main threats are development, logging, wind and disease. They are also at risk from bark beetles, snails, deer, as well as invasive plants. Find out more about this small tree in this week's podcast.

Source Water ProtectionJanuary 16, 2014 - Why protect sources of drinking water?

We all rely on clean, safe drinking water when we turn on our taps. Water testing and treatment are important steps in ensuring safe municipal drinking water but the first step is to protect our water right at its source. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Beaver MeadowJanuary 9, 2014 - Beaver Meadow Conservation Area

Beaver Meadow Conservation Area is located off of County Road 11 in Prince Edward County near Picton. Two short hiking trails branch off from the parking lot, each ending at a scenic observation platform overlooking the wetland. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Lott DamJanuary 2, 2014 - Lott Dam

The Lott Dam is located on the Moira River in the City of Belleville, about 400 meters upstream of the Pinnacle Street Bridge. There is also a pedestrian bridge on site connecting to the waterfront trail. Find out more about the purpose of this dam in this week's podcast.

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