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Envirominute Podcast 2016 Archive

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.

Beaver Meadow Wildlife Management AreaDecember 28, 2016 - Fun Winter Activities at Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas are great places to hike and picnic in the summer, but did you know there are many winter activities you can enjoy at local conservation areas?  Find out some great places you can visit this winter in this week's podcast.

Household cleaningDecember 21, 2016 - Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Properly disposing of household hazardous waste helps to protect our drinking water sources.  Find out how you can properly dispose of hazardous household waste in this week's podcast.

Christmas TreeDecember 14, 2016 - Green Holiday Tips

Christmas is right around the corner. This year, make it a "green" one.  Find out how in this week's podcast.


Adopt An AcreDecember 7, 2016 - Adopt An Acre

Did you know you can Adopt an Acre of Quinte Conservation Land and help preserve and protect natural heritage lands in your watersheds? By donating to our Adopt An Acre program you are contributing directly to the maintenance and improvement of these vital green spaces. Find out more in this week's podcast.

EarthNovember 30, 2016 - Our Member Municipalities and Board of Directors

The Quinte Conservation Executive board directs the activities and the programs of our organization. Representatives from each of the 18 municipalities within the watersheds serve on Quinte Conservation’s Board of Directors. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Drinking WaterNovember 23, 2016 - Saying "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.  This is just one reason to say "no" to bottled water.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

Threats to drinking water sourcesNovember 16, 2016 - Keeping Chemicals Out of Water Sources

Many products that we use in and around our homes may contain dangerous chemicals. Paints, furniture strippers, and automotive products are some examples. We can all help to keep chemicals out of our drinking water sources. Find out more in this week's podcast.


House on a shorelineNovember 9, 2016 - Buying or Building on the Floodplain

Don’t get swept away by that desirable waterfront home or cottage. Conservation Authorities have information on where not to build because of high water, unstable slopes or erosion problems. Find out more in this week's podcast.

WellNovember 2, 2016 - 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. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Bulk foodOctober 26, 2016 - Pre-Cycling

We are all familiar with the three Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle. But have you heard about pre-cycling? Pre-cycling means thinking about the waste any items your purchase are going to make before you buy them. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Septic system maintenanceOctober 19, 2016 - 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.

Quinte Conservation StaffOctober 12, 2016 - Meet Our Staff

Quinte Conservation's main goal is to ensure the healthy co-existence between the community, its environment and its economy. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff work hard to achieve this goal. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Skootamatta Lake DamOctober 5, 2016 - 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.

Stream of DreamsSeptember 28, 2016 - Stream of Dreams

Have you seen the wooden fish on fences around our watersheds? Many people wonder what they are. Those fish are part of the Stream of Dreams program that we have been offering in local schools since 2008. Find out more in this week's podcast.

WellSeptember 21, 2016 - 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.

Groundwater MonitoringSeptember 14, 2016 - Groundwater Monitoring Program

Quinte Conservation is a part of the Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network, or PGMN.  The PGMN is a network of over 400 wells across 38 watersheds in Ontario that record data on groundwater quality and quantity. Find out more in this week's podcast.

GroundwaterSeptember 7, 2016 - What is Groundwater?

Groundwater supplies us with drinking water and water for agricultural and industrial uses. But what is groundwater? Find out about this important resource in this week's podcast.

Back to schoolAugust 31, 2016 - Green Back to School Tips

It’s the time of year when kids and parents are getting ready for the new school year. This year, why not incorporate green living into your going back to school routine? Get some green back to school tips in this week's podcast.

Septic tankAugust 24, 2016 - Be Septic Smart

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. Not everyone who has a septic system knows about it or how it works. Find out more about how to care for your septic system in this week's podcast.


FertilizerAugust 17, 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.

McLeod DamAugust 10, 2016 - McLeod Dam Green Energy Project

Green Energy is a term used for energy that is generated in such a way that it is not harmful to the environment and is renewable. Water power projects are generally green. The McLeod Dam Green Energy Project is a “run of the river” project that provides entirely green energy. Find out more in this week's podcast.

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WellAugust 3, 2016 - Looking After an Unused 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 sources of drinking water. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Tap WateJuly 27, 2016 - Water Conservation

In the summer half of our household water is used outside on lawns and gardens. Inside our homes we use the most water in the bathroom – over half is used for the toilet and shower. Find out how to conserve water in this week's podcast.

FarmJuly 20, 2016 - Agriculture and Protection of 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 getting into ground and surface water. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Potter's CreekJuly 13, 2016 - Shorelines: The Ribbon of Life

Have you heard of the Ribbon of Life?  This is where land and water meet and where 90 per cent of all lake life is born, raised and fed.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

Skootamatta DamJuly 6, 2016 - Safety Around Dams

Dams are a common site in our watershed. Quinte Conservation is responsible for 39 dams and water control structures. Dams can look like great places to boat, fish, swim or play, but they can be very dangerous. Learn some safety tips in this week's podcast.

Picnic at Vanderwater Conservation AreaJune 29, 2016 - Quinte Conservation's Picnic Sites

Summer is perfect time to get outdoors with your family. People of all ages can enjoy a picnic. Many of our conservation areas feature great picnic spots. Find out more in this week's podcast.

QC Regulations staffJune 22, 2016 - QC's Planning and Regulations Staff

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 in this week's podcast.

Threats to drinking water sourcesJune 15, 2016 - Dealing with Drinking Water Threats

Some of our activities can pose a threat to the quality of our drinking water sources. In the Quinte Region, a Source Protection Plan is in effect that outlines the steps that must be taken to reduce the risk posed by drinking water threats. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Dog on a leashJune 8, 2016 - Even Good Dogs Need to be on 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.

ButterflyJune 1, 2016 - Creating Backyard Habitat

Would you like to increase your wildlife viewing opportunities?  Why not create habitat in your own backyard?  Find out how in this week's podcast.

CampingMay 25, 2016 - Camping at Depot Lakes

Are you looking for a great family camping experience this summer? Camping season at our Depot Lakes Conservation Area and Campground is here. Try one of the 20 interior sites and experience the private and peaceful camping that Depot Lakes offers. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Source Protection PlanMay 18, 2016 - 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.

treesMay 11, 2016 - Hunting on Quinte Conservation Property

We often get questions about hunting on Quinte Conservation lands. Quinte Conservation makes certain remote forested properties available to hunters and trappers on a permit basis. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Trail MapsMay 4, 2016 - Quinte Conservation Trail Maps

Quinte Conservation has over 60 kilometres of trails in 20 areas open to the public.  Find out more about our trails in this week's podcast.

Yellow Fish RoadApril 27, 2016 - Yellow Fish Road

The Yellow Fish Road program’s goal is to help Canadians understand that storm drains are the doorways to our rivers, lakes and streams. Preventing pollutants from entering our storm drains is critical to protecting and improving water quality and aquatic habitat. Find out how you can get involved in this week's podcast.

Threats to drinking water sourcesApril 20, 2016 - Vulnerable Areas around Drinking Water Sources

Some areas surrounding our public drinking water sources are sensitive to contamination. These are the ‘vulnerable areas’ where pollution can easily find its way into the public water source. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Created wetlandApril 13, 2016 - Creating a Wetland on Your Property

If you have a large piece of property, you might want to consider creating a wetland on it.  Natural and created wetlands provide important habitat for fish and wildlife.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

Shoreline HomesApril 6, 2015 - 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.

Watershed Watch Rain GaugeMarch 30, 2016 - Become a Watershed Watcher!

You can become a citizen scientist and join the Watershed Watch program. The Watershed Watch Program is Quinte Conservation project that encourages volunteers to help collect valuable weather information. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Quinte Conservation staff monitoring ice conditionsMarch 23, 2016 - Flood Forecasting and Warning at Quinte Conservation

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.

Source Protection PlanMarch 16, 2016 - Are you affected by the source water plan?

Activities on the land and in the water near drinking water sources can impact water quality and quantity. The Quinte Region Source Protection Plan contains policies to safeguard our municipal drinking water sources. Find out if you are affected by the plan in this week's podcast.

Spring IceMarch 9, 2016 - 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 in this week's podcast.

Snowy HouseMarch 2, 2016 - Help Prevent Snow Melt Flooding on Your Property

Most people are focused on ice and snow removal this time of year, but it is also important to consider how snow removal will affect winter flooding or leak risks on your property. Find out more in this week's podcast.

FloodingFebruary 24, 2016 - Flood Warning Levels

At any time of the year, when there is flooding, Quinte Conservation will issue warning messages. It’s important for you to know what the levels are and what they mean to keep you, your family, and your home safe. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Home heating oilFebruary 17, 2016 - 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. Fuel spill cleanups can be costly, lengthy and difficult. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Snow SamplingFebruary 10, 2015 - Snow Sampling

Every winter our staff are kept busy measuring and weighing snow at locations across the watershed. It may seem like a strange activity, but the data collected is a big help when spring flooding season comes. Find out more in this week's podcast.

Eastern BluebirdFebruary 3, 2016 - Bluebird Boxes

This spring bluebirds will be scouting the area for suitable nesting sites, and now would be a good time to think about building some bluebird houses to give them a helping hand.  FInd out more in this week's podcast.

Bird FeederJanuary 27, 2016 - Winter Bird Myths and Facts

Winter birds are a welcome sight at many backyard feeders this time of year.  There are some myths out there about these visitors that we would like to clear up.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

Icy SidewalkJanuary 20, 2016 - 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. Learn more in this week's podcast.


SnowshoeingJanuary 13, 2016 - How to Layer Up and Stay Warm Outdoors

To stay warm and cozy outdoors this winter, dress like an onion – in layers. Layers help keep you insulated and if you work up a sweat on a winter hike or snow shoe you can easily take a layer off and add it back on if you start to cool down. Find out more about dressing for the winter outdoors in this week's podcast.

Cloth NapkinsJanuary 1, 2016 - Swap Cloth Napkins for Paper

Happy New Year from Quinte Conservation.  This time of year people are making all kinds of resolutions, such as losing weight and saving money.  Why not make an environmental resolution too?  Our suggestion for this year is to swap out paper napkins for cloth ones.

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