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Envirominute Podcast

Agricultural activities are widespread throughout the Quinte Region and most farmers are excellent stewards of our land and water resources. Some agricultural activities are potential threats to drinking water sources because of the possibility of contaminants like nitrogen, phosphorus, pesticides and bacteria getting into ground and surface water. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

Listen to our short, one to two minute Envirominute podcasts.  We post a new one every week.  To listen to past podcasts, just click on one of the archive links on the right.  To listen here - click on the title of the podcast.


October 18, 2017 – Green Your Hallowe’en

Want some eco-friendly tips for this Hallowe’en? Look no further than this week’s podcast as we investigate how to make this year’s Hallowe’en happy, healthy, and environmentally friendly.

October 11, 2017 - Protecting Groundwater

Nearly three million people in Ontario use and depend on groundwater every day. It is the source of drinking water for half the residents of the Quinte region. Find out how you can help protect groundwater in this week's podcast.

October 4, 2017 - 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. Learn about the fall dam draw down in this week's podcast.

September 27, 2017 - Who We Are and What We Do

"What happens upstream, affects what happens downstream" is a phrase you will often hear at Quinte Conservation. This is true not only of our watersheds, but also our history of conservation in the Quinte region. We are fortunate to have more than 60 successful years "upstream", so we can count on continued achievements "downstream" in the future. Find out more in this week's podcast.

September 20, 2017 – Facts about Fall Leaves

Have you ever wondered why leaves change colour in the fall? Did you know you can find out about a tree’s health based on when their leaves change colour? Listen to this week’s podcast to find out more fascinating facts about fall leaves!

September 13, 2017 - Maintaining Your Septic System

If you live in a rural area or have a cottage, the wastewater and sewage from your home is likely treated by a septic system. Septic systems can pollute drinking water sources if they are not properly maintained. Find out more in this week's podcast.

September 6, 2017 – Waste Free Lunch Made Easy

Almost everyone packs a lunch for their work or school day, and that means a lot of waste! Listen in to this week’s podcast to find out some tips and tricks on how you can bring as little waste as possible.

August 30, 2017 – Keeping Wildlife Safe

We share our environment with wildlife and it is important that we keep both ourselves, and the animals we share the planet with safe. This week’s podcast focuses on how we can do our part to protect wildlife and keep our ecosystems healthy.

August 23, 2017 – Invasive Species and Hiking

Invasive species are dangerous to local ecosystems and you might be spreading them without even realizing it! Listen to this week’s podcast to learn more about how you can prevent the spread of invasive species throughout Ontario.

August 16, 2017 - Fascinating Facts about Dragonflies

Anyone who spends a reasonable amount of time outdoors will see dragonflies on a regular basis, but how much do we really know about these interesting insects? You’re in for a treat this week as we explore what makes these bugs so fascinating!

August 9, 2016 - Commercial Fertilizers and Protecting Water Sources

Commercial Fertilizer is used in agriculture and also on recreational, institutional, industrial and residential properties. In Ontario its application, handling and storage are considered a potential threat to drinking water sources. Find out more in this week's podcast.

August 2, 2017 - Connecting Children with Nature

In the information era, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep our children engaged with the outdoors and nature. We must keep in mind that this doesn’t make it any less important, outdoor education still forms an integral part of any child’s development. If you’re interested in learning some tips and tricks on how to do this, look no further than this week’s podcast!

July 26, 2017 - Discover Birding

Birding is a great activity for all ages. It’s also an excellent way to explore our local Conservation Areas and gain an appreciation for wildlife and the outdoors. Find out how to get started in this week's podcast.

July 19, 2017 - Electrofishing

Quinte Conservation staff are often out in the field doing many types of monitoring and sampling so we can check on the health of our watersheds. One of the ways we check for healthy waterways is electrofishing. Find out more in this week's podcast.


July 12, 2017 - Do you need a risk management plan?

Some policies in the Quinte Region Source Protection Plan call for risk management plans. A risk management plan sets out how specific activities, that pose a significant threat to a municipal drinking water source, must be carried out on a certain property. Find out more in this week's podcast.

July 5, 2017 - Green Driving Tips

The best and easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is to keep your car in the driveway and walk, bike or use public transit. If that’s not possible there are some ways to make your car trips more environmentally friendly. Find out more in this week's podcast.

June 28, 2017 - Visit a Conservation Area

Visiting a Conservation Area is an inexpensive, fun outing for the whole family. Quinte Conservation has over 20 areas that are open to the public.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

Farm fertilizerJune 21, 2017 - Weddings and Special Events at Conservation Areas

You may hold your wedding or special event (such as family reunion picnics or photography sessions) at our Conservation Areas at no charge.  Quinte Conservation owns 23 Conservation Areas that are open to the public. They are open daily from dawn until dusk.  Find out how to enjoy your special event at a local Conservation Area.

Farm fertilizerJune 14, 2017 - Agriculture and Protecting Water Sources

Agricultural activities are widespread throughout the Quinte Region and most farmers are excellent stewards of our land and water resources.  Some agricultural activities are potential threats to drinking water sources because of the possibility of contaminants like nitrogen, phosphorus, pesticides and bacteria getting into ground and surface water.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

Dog Strangling VineJune 7, 2017 - Invasive Species

Invasive species are species that are not native to our region. Since they are not naturally meant to be here they can cause a lot of problems to existing ecosystems. Invasive species can be of any type – fish, plants, insects or animals. Find out what you can do to help prevent the spread of invasive species in this week's podcast.

Dog on a leashMay 31, 2017 - Even Good Dogs Need a Leash

Conservation Areas are great places to take your dog for a walk. But keep in mind that even well-behaved and small dogs need to be on a leash. Find out why in this week's podcast.

FawnMay 24, 2017 - Rescuing Wildlife

At this time of year people often encounter wildlife. Most often they see young birds or animals that they think might be abandoned. Find out what you should do in this week's podcast.

scudMay 17, 2017 - Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network

Quinte Conservation monitors the health of the waterways within our watershed. In order to do this, we participate in a variety of water monitoring programs. One of these is the OBBN - which stands for Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network.

Source Protection PlanMay 10, 2017 - Source Protection Plan

The Quinte Region Source Protection Plan contains policies to help protect municipal drinking water sources. Our activities on the land and in the water near drinking water sources can impact water quality and quantity. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Beaver Meadow Conservation AreaMay 3, 2017 - Beaver Meadow Wildlife Area

Beaver Meadow Wildlife Management area is located in Prince Edward County. This 89 hectare property features a large wetland that harbours wood ducks, osprey and herons. Find out more about Beaver Meadow in this week's podcast.

Native Plant GardenApril 26, 2017 - Gardening with Native Plants

Native plants can be a great addition to any garden.  These plants are better able to survive and thrive in the temperature and moisture conditions of this region than exotic species.  Find out more about the benefits of gardening with native plants in this week's podcast.

grocery bagsApril 19, 2017 - Reducing Plastic Waste

Half of the plastic we use in our day to day lives is used once and then thrown away. While it may not seem like a big deal to use a plastic water bottle and then toss it away, that waste is negatively impacting our environment. Find out how you can reduce plastic waste in this week's podcast.

Household chemicalsApril 12, 2017 - Household Hazardous Waste and Drinking Water Sources

You can help protect drinking water sources by properly disposing of unwanted chemical products you may have around your home and garage. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Shoreline homesApril 5, 2017 - You May Need a Permit

It’s spring – the time of year that many homeowners start to think about improving and developing their property. Before you begin work near any hazardous lands, contact Quinte Conservation. Find out more in this week's podcast.

FloodingMarch 29, 2017 - Flood Forecasting and Warning

Quinte Conservation staff monitor watershed conditions carefully all year. We are on duty, ready to alert municipal flood coordinators, the media, the public, and other agencies of potential danger to lives or property from flooding. Find out more in this week's podcast.

globeMarch 22, 2017 - World Water Day

Today is World Water Day! World Water Day began in 1992 when the United Nations declared an international day to celebrate freshwater. The UN created this day to raise awareness about the importance of freshwater resources and how we can go about sustaining them. Find out more in this week's podcast.

spring iceMarch 15, 2017 - Spring Water Safety

Make sure your children play safely this spring – well away from local waterways. Children and those caring for them must take care near streams, lakes and rivers especially now that the days are longer and warmer and children are spending more time outside. Find out more tips in this week's podcast.

Home heating oilMarch 8, 2017 - Keeping Fuel Out of Water Sources

Small amounts of fuel can contaminate vast quantities of water, so great care must be taken with its handling and storage. Find out more about protecting our water sources from fuel spills in this week's podcast.

LandscapeMarch 1, 2017 - What is a watershed?

At Quinte Conservation we focus on watersheds – our area of jurisdiction includes the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers along with all of Prince Edward County. But what is a watershed? Find out in this week's podcast.

ForestFebruary 22, 2017 - The Benefits of Planting Trees

Trees are essential for life. They provide us with oxygen so that we can breathe. One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for four people. Find out more benefits of planting trees in this week's podcast.

DeerFebruary 15, 2017 - Consequences of Feeding Wildlife

Feeding wild birds in your backyard can be an enjoyable past-time. Feeding other wildlife may not be such a good idea and may do more harm than good. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Drinking Water Protection Zone SignFeberuary 8, 2017 - Drinking Water Protection Zone Signs

Keep your eyes open for the new Drinking Water Protection Zone road signs now up in the Quinte Region! The new signs are appearing all across Ontario to raise awareness about protecting drinking water sources and public health. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

Mason Jar with GranolaFebruary 1, 2017 - Tips for a Zero Waste Kitchen
Believe it or not we produce a lot of waste in our kitchens. We can be guilty of buying products that we’ll never end up using, not finishing the food on our plates, and using unnecessary packaging for food storage. Get tips for a zero waste kitchen in this week's podcast.

Winter familyJanuary 25, 2017 - Become a Citizen Scientist

Do you want to help scientists better understand the effects of global warming? If so, Nature Watch has developed an easy way everyone can become a citizen scientist and help scientists with understanding global warming. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Lott Dam in BellevilleJanuary 18, 2017 - Belleville's Ice Control Dams

Belleville is home to six ice control dams. The dams hold back water and create a still surface that allows sheet ice to form and prevents frazil ice from developing.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

Sidewalk with ice and saltJanuary 11, 2017 - Keeping Road Salt Out of Water Sources

In our climate road salt is used to keep our roads, walkways and parking lots, safe and passable. Even though it helps to keep us safe, road salt can get into our drinking water sources and contaminate them. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Reusable Water BottleJanuary 4, 2017 - Green New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year from Quinte Conservation! In spirit of the new year, let’s talk about new year’s resolutions you can make that will help improve our environment.  Find out what you can do in this week's podcast.

 




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