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Flood warning for Moira, Salmon and Napanee Watersheds

April 15, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Rainfall in the Moira, Salmon and Napanee River watersheds has caused water levels to rise again. Water levels will remain high for the next week.

Water Resources Manager Bryon Keene says, “The rain we are experiencing now is causing lake and river water levels to rise again.  Overnight rainfall Monday and the present downpour are contributing to rising levels in the headwater areas and this water still has to pass downstream.  As we reported yesterday, precipitation has caused water levels on the northern Moira River tributaries, the Black and Skootamatta Rivers to rise again and that water will continue to flow downstream causing water levels to rise further in areas already flooded. Water levels on area lakes, including Stoco and Moira Lakes rose several centimetres overnight and will continue to rise in response to this rain.  Water levels in flooded areas including Foxboro and Corbyville in the City of Belleville and the vicinity of Stoco Lake in the Municipality of Tweed are expected to continue to rise slowly and stay high for a week.”

Water levels on Stoco Lake are rising and approaching historic flood levels.

Water levels in the Foxboro and Corbyville area of the City of Belleville are expected to rise at least several more centimetres above the current water levels in response to the rain. Water levels will remain high throughout the week.

The Moira River at Highway 7 is rising.

The Salmon River at Tamworth is still rising slowly.

The Napanee River is rising again and is approaching the highest levels since the 1976 record.

Depot Creek, a tributary to the Napanee River, is rising slowly.

The Skootamatta and Black Rivers are rising again in response to rain received the past three days.

A Flood Warning means flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

Residents who are concerned that their homes may require sandbagging should contact their municipality.

Quinte Conservation staff are monitoring conditions closely.  Anyone concerned about flooding may call the Quinte Conservation office twenty-four hours a day and follow the prompts to report any flooding.  The numbers to call are (613) 968-3434 or (613) 354-3312. 

Quinte Conservation monitors water levels, weather forecasts and ice and snow conditions carefully as part of the agency’s flood forecasting and warning program. Quinte Conservation’s area of concern includes all of Prince Edward County and the drainage basins of the Moira, Salmon and Napanee Rivers and their tributaries.  The public can keep up to date on flooding information by visiting or following @quinteca on Twitter.

The public is urged to stay away from all waterways as unstable ice, slippery stream banks and frigid open water conditions are extremely dangerous.  Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.  More information is available at:  This message is valid until Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Creating Jobs in the Bancroft area with a Biomass CHP Plant

April 14, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Peter Nischke and Lou Freymond from the Bancroft Mindon Forest Company talk about creating jobs and boosting the rural ecomony with a  combined heat and power plant fueled with residues from the forestry industry.

The Bancroft Combined Heat and Power Plant is an initiative of County Power Corporation (CPC) and the Bancroft Minden Forest Company (BMFC) to develop a biomass (wood residue) Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP) to sell a minimum of 10MWe to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) grid, provide contract kiln drying and district heating. The plant will strengthen the local primary forest products industry and be a major boost to the economy, positively affecting the lives of hundreds of people.

You can find out more at County Power Corporation.

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Peter Neave ran a caring for the soil workshop

April 11, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Peter Neave is digging a soil pit for the  Farmer to farmer workshop on caring for the soil on April 10, 2014 at the Moira Hall.  Watching him work are (left to right) Matt Caruana Hastings Stewardship coordinator, Tim Gray, Trees Ontario, Dale Ketcheson owner of the field and Steve Tubb. Louise Livingstone photo 

You can download Peter Neave's presentation.

Country Living 101

April 11, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Event Date and Time: 
April 23, 2014 - 19:00 - 21:30

Quinte Field Naturalists Annual Fundraising Dinner

April 11, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

After a career working in an urban world of business, Cliff Maclean and his wife Heather, retired to 113 hectares along the Moira River.  As they discovered the immense beauty and diversity of their new home, they evolved from mere property owners to stewards of the land; from a casual interest in their surroundings to concerned conservationists.  Come hear their amusing and inspiring story of transformation.

Buffet Dinner with Vegetarian Options

St. Mark's United Church, Belleville (new venue!)

$25 per person

Call for tickets: (613) 477-3066 (by April 21)

Event Date and Time: 
April 28, 2014 - 19:00 - 21:00


St Marks Church
237 Cannifton Rd N
Belleville, ON K8N4V8
44° 12' 24.2928" N, 77° 23' 31.0272" W
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