Conservation and Environment

Quinte Conservation is a community based environmental protection agency that serves 18 municipalities, including Deseronto, in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. Quinte Conservation's mission is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. Their vision is to be the premier ecologically sustainable watershed.

Planning and Permits

In an effort to protect the watershed Quinte Conservation may require permits for various development projects. For more information regarding permit requirements visit their website.

The Source Water Protection 

Drinking Water Source Protection

Certain activities, when carried out near a drinking water source, can pose a threat to that water source. Ontario’s Clean Water Act, 2006 calls for Source Protection Plans to be developed in order to protect public water sources. The Plan for the Quinte Region was approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in September 2014 with an effective date of January 1, 2015.

What are sources of drinking water?

In the Quinte Region, municipalities obtain water for municipal distribution and public use from both groundwater and surface water sources.

  • Groundwater is drawn from wells drilled into an underlying aquifer, which is the water source.
  • Surface water sources include lakes, rivers and bays such as the Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Roblin Lake and the Napanee River. Surface water is drawn through intakes (pipes) in the surface water.

What is the Source Protection Plan?

The Quinte Region Source Protection Plan directs local efforts to protect and keep the sources of municipal water clean and plentiful. The Plan includes policies, developed in consultation with the local community, to address drinking water threats identified in the science-based Assessment Report. The goal of the Source Protection Plan is to protect existing and future municipal drinking water sources in the Quinte Region and to ensure that any activities identified as a significant drinking water threat cease to be a threat and that other activities do not become a significant threat to the water source.

For More Information: Quinte Sourcewater