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INVASIVE SPECIES - TENCH, In November 2018 reports have been made of this species in the Bay of Quinte near Belleville. Tench are an invasive fish native to Europe and western Asia

INVASIVE SPECIES - GRASS CARP, On September 14th, a fisherman captured a single Grass Carp in the Bay of

Quinte near Big Island.  Grass Carp are one of four species of invasive Asian Carp

BQRAP - Septic Stewardship Program

NOTICE - Blue-Green Algae has been reported locally

      - Watch for Wild Parsnip, do NOT touch

See our Endangered Species page

 Invasive Species - Giant Hog Weed in Southern Ontario (Word doc download)

Precautions for identifying Blue Green Algae

The Environment Program encourages residents with shore wells (dug well 100 ft, drilled 50 ft from shore) take extra precautions to identify the algae.  If anyone identifies Blue Green Algae they should contact 613-396-3424. 

Information on Blue Green Algae:

Blue Green Algae Drinking Water Information

Background, potential impacts to human health and safety of drinking water

Quinte Conservation Algae Watch

Drinking Water Information

Mission Statement

The Environment is a gift and it is our responsibility as caretakers to protect it. A healthy environment means healthy people. Honouring diversity,  respecting creations life-cycle, embracing our interconnectedness to creation and practicing Kanyen’kenaka traditional beliefs  and using the Ohenton Karihwate’hkwen as our guide are the foundation of a healthy and sustainable community for future generations.

Environmental Unit is responsible for:

  • Investigating environmental issues
  • Completing Environmental Screenings and Assessments
  • Business Registration environmental reviews
  • Operating and monitoring curbside collection program
  • Shoreline Alterations
  • Coordinating and monitoring annual Harvest Managers program
  • Coordinating and monitoring annual sea lamprey program
  • Promoting environmental public awareness and education
  • Species at Risk Inventory
  • Proposal Writing for Environmental projects
  • Earth Day activities
  • Providing technical comments to off-Territory construction projects as required
  • Serving as liaison to Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada and MBQ
  • Creating relationships with Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of the Environment, Quinte and Lower Trent Conservation Authorities


Programs & Services

Waste & Recycling

The environment department oversees waste and recycling on the Territory.  Household garbage (whether tagged or not) will NOT be accepted at the Transfer Depot - Large items, Electronics, Hazardous Waste and Fish Remains ONLY. Please see the Waste & Recycling page for more information.


Roadside Dumping

The environmental department looks into roadside dumping and dumping on commonly held lands.  Clean-up takes place to ensure the health and vitality of the community is upheld.  Dumping on private lands are taken care of by the home/land processor, who ensures that the waste is taken to a proper facility.  The Department also makes recommendations to CP holders to ensure that health problems related to waste are resolved.


Backyard Burning

Read about the Hidden Hazards of Backyard Burning.


Harvest Managers

This program educates the community on proper walleye harvesting techniques, and trains them on how to milk the fish for conservation measures.   This program helps to restore and promote the traditional methods of “milking” the fish and returning the fertilized “milt” to the spawning beds, to increase the sustainability of the walleye by educating and promoting the traditional techniques to harvesters.  Harvest Managers are not hired for enforcement, but for conservation purposes.


Species at Risk

We have 16+ possible Species at Risk on the Territory, ranging from shrubs, grasses, trees, birds, turtles, snakes and butterflies.  With continuing research we can locate more species to help to protect them and their habitat.


Sea Lamprey Program

Sea Lampreys are considered a pest invasive species in the Great Lakes region.  Sea lampreys are controlled in the Salmon River through a barrier installed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.  The barrier requires periodic inspection to assure the integrity of the barrier and channel, safety measures and equipment which are subject to damage or deterioration as a result of time, weathering and flood.

Each spring, a contractor is hired from Tyendinaga Territory to undergo the assessments of the Sea Lampreys for 10 weeks during their spawning season.  With this research DFO estimates the population of Sea Lamprey in the Salmon River.

Upcoming Events & Information Links:

Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan Newsletter July 2015

Interested in an Education in Environment? There are scholarships to help you along your way!!

Newalta Aboriginal Environmental Scholarship


24 Meadow Drive, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, ON

Phone: 613-396-3424

Fax: 613-396-3627