The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan was represented at a recent binational conference on the Great Lakes. SOLEC, or State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference, is an annual gathering which brings together a diverse community of American and Canadian stakeholders ranging from the International Joint Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency, to the US Army Corp of Engineers, Environment Canada, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
SOLEC gives decision-makers, implementers, and leading-edge researchers from both sides of the border an opportunity to meet, share, and compare. The Hon. Herb Gray, IJC Canadian Co-chair, attended. Keynote speaker was Peter Annon, author of The Great Lakes Water Wars. SOLEC was held this year in Niagara Falls, Ontario. RAP’s Implementation Manager, Jeff Borisko, attended.
The conference focused on nearshore areas of the Great Lakes and was of particular interest to the BQRAP. Shoreline naturalization and clean-up are vital for fish and wildlife habitat which must be improved to achieve status-change in Quinte. RAP conducted wetland monitoring in addition to a north shoreline landowner survey (Carrying Place to Pt. Anne) this summer, and discovered that the majority of landowners are quite receptive to ideas of a more natural shoreline. The survey will resume next year on the north shoreline of Prince Edward County.
“SOLEC is all about improving environmental decisions in the Great Lakes basin,“ says Jeff Borisko. “What this conference provides is an opportunity for input, and a chance to rub shoulders and chat over lunch with people who are making decisions that not only affect the entire basin, but the Bay of Quinte as well. We do our best to keep the Bay of Quinte on their screens.”
Contact: Jeff Borisko, Implementation Manager jboriskobqrap.ca 613.394.3915 Ext. 213 (bus) 613.848.8812 (cell)