Green Communities

New RAP program assistant has personal connections to the Bay

Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan, Big Cleanup Bulletin, November 2008

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan has hired a new staff member to assist in further implementing the Habitat Enhancement Program (HEP). Anne Everhardus, BA Hons. Queen’s University, has a strong, personal connection to the Bay of Quinte. She has lived all her life within a 1-minute walk of the shoreline, and has witnessed the degradation of habitat firsthand.

Anne grew up with the usual Bay of Quinte perks – cottage, boat, swimming, fishing for walleye. But she’s seen things that were once taken for granted disappear altogether, and this has made her passionate about “making a difference with people who care.”

The Bay of Quinte will not be removed from the list of Great Lakes pollution hotspots until fish and wildlife habitat improves. Shoreline naturalization and clean-up are the crucial elements in the process of restoring habitat.

A north shoreline survey, a component of the HEP, was conducted in the summer and revealed that most landowners are quite receptive to ideas of a more natural shoreline. Anne Everhardus will work on various aspects of the Program this winter including communication products, landowner contact, and special events. She will also assist the RAP in promoting the Community Wildlife Monitoring Program, and will work on a variety of stewardship initiatives.

In Anne’s words, “I’ve lived on the Bay of Quinte my entire life and feel a sense of responsibility toward it. I’m excited to do my part in tackling the challenges involved in The Big Cleanup.”

Photo cut-line: Anne Everhardus, BA Hons., is RAP’s new Program Assistant. She will assist in further implementing the Habitat Enhancement Program.

Contact: Jeff Borisko, Implementation Manager 613.394.3915 Ext. 213 (bus) 613.848.8812 (cell) jboriskoatbqrap.ca

Joyce Olson, Communications Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan T - 613.394.3915 Ext. 214 F - 613.394.5226 E - communicationatbqrap.ca www.bqrap.ca