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September 24, 2015 - Groundwater Day

Join us as Quinte Conservation’s Hydrogeologist Mark Boone explains how to protect groundwater and how to seal an old, unused well. Quinte Conservation will be decommissioning a well at the Potter’s Creek Conservation Area in Belleville on Thursday, September 24 at 11:00 am.

Boone explains, “An old, unused well can be a safety hazard and it can be a pathway for pollution to flow directly into our groundwater. Quinte Conservation is hosting this well decommissioning event to showcase the importance of protecting our groundwater sources, create public awareness and provide leadership in protecting groundwater. About half of all Quinte residents get their drinking water from groundwater sources.”

People who attend will see the well sealing process, see a groundwater model demonstration, and have the chance to speak to a groundwater expert.

Boone adds, “Much of the Quinte region has very shallow soil over fractured bedrock. This means that contaminants or pollution on the surface of the ground can easily and quickly travel down the cracks and crevices in the rock and into our groundwater. There are many old, unused wells in our region. They can pose a safety hazard and a threat to groundwater. Properly plugging and sealing wells through the process called decommissioning will help to keep people and animals safe and protect our groundwater quality.”

Property owners are responsible for the wells on their land. In Ontario well construction and decommissioning must be done by a licensed well contractor.

DATE: Thursday, September 24, 2015

LOCATION: South Side of Potter’s Creek Conservation Area, 2061 Old Highway 2

(corner of Old Highway 2 and Wallbridge-Loyalist Road) Belleville, ON

TIME: 11:00 am

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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