County Sustainability Group

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A sustainable community respects Earth's finite resources and natural systems. How we care for the earth, the air, the water, how we use energy, and how we organize our community are key ingredients in assuring a plentiful, vibrant future for our children. As trustees for Earth's well-being, our duty of care is to ensure that future generations will inherit a bountiful environmentally healthy world.
Even as our world is quickly changing and we face unprecedented challenges, many opportunities are emerging to improve community life in Prince Edward County by living sustainably.
What we do
The County Sustainability Group is involved in examining the specific challenges we will inevitably face because of global warming, climate change, peak oil, and resource constraints. If we act creatively, we have an opportunity to identify changes that can lead to a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle and a healthier environment—one with cleaner air, abundant water, fertile land, renewable energy , and a vibrant, caring community.
Challenges will come. Working together, we are realistic enough, tough enough, and resilient enough to meet these challenges head on. The goal is to build a sustainable, prosperous, caring community by respecting Earth's planetary boundaries and by respecting life itself. We raise money each spring by selling rain barrels & composters, with all proceeds going towards supporting our 2 for PECI Environmental Students graduating and the other for young organic farmers in The County.

Testing Protocol

Monthly testing of both ends of the Black River system, from the headwaters in Milford at the Millpond ( both ends ) to the mouth of the river near where it meets Lake Ontario. We may scale back to seasonal testing as the year progresses , depending on what is learned and other conditions. We will begin each test with dissolved oxygen, then ph,alkalinity & hardness, then conductivity, surface water temp, air temp , then bottom depth and secchi depth. All other observations will be noted at the time of testing. Various other locations on lakes & rivers inside PEC and along the shores of Lake Ontario in the Quinte Region will also be tested at times during the spring to fall. Sailors in our group may take some readings out in Lake Ontario and on visits to New Brunswick twice a year we will take readings on the St. John river in Hartland. Annual readings on a few lakes and rivers along the way and into northern Ontario will also be done during visits there.

Members (6)

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    Last Observation Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:04 UTC

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    Don Ross

    Last Observation Wed, 22 May 2019 20:45 UTC

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    Deb & Don Hudson

    Last Observation Sun, 19 May 2019 20:00 UTC

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    Heather Ross

    Last Observation Wed, 15 May 2019 13:35 UTC

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    Don Chisholm

    Last Observation Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:38 UTC

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    Jenna Ross

    Last Observation Thu, 11 Oct 2018 12:45 UTC

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  1. Don Ross 3290 Points
  2. Heather Ross 1140 Points
  3. Deb & Don Hudson 400 Points
  4. Water_marked 220 Points
  5. Jenna Ross 210 Points
  6. Don Chisholm 30 Points


Don & Heather Ross or Don & Deb Hudson

Areas monitored

Prince Edward County and Bay of Quinte

Locations & Observations

Locations Last observation made
Pond on Jean Arnold's Property : Jean's Pond 2019-05-09 12:35 UTC Contributed 3 of 4 Observations
Rideau Canal : Hogs Back Park Boat Launch 2018-10-20 20:05 UTC Contributed 1 of 1 Observations
Rideau River : RVCA Watershed 2018-10-20 15:40 UTC Contributed 1 of 2 Observations
Rideau River : W.A.Taylor Conservation Area 2018-10-20 14:10 UTC Contributed 3 of 4 Observations
Sand Lake : North side of the Point on Eden Road 2018-08-21 17:35 UTC Contributed 2 of 2 Observations
Sand Lake/ Rideau Canal : South side of the point on Eden Road/ Rideau Canal side of Sand Lake 2018-08-21 17:45 UTC Contributed 2 of 2 Observations
Smoke Lake : Near 15 KM mark in Park heading east on Hwy 60 2018-09-24 15:20 UTC Contributed 3 of 3 Observations
St. John River : Hartland New Brunswick 2019-05-02 16:55 UTC Contributed 5 of 6 Observations
Trent River near mouth of Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario : Front St Farmer’s Market at Riverfront Square 2018-09-06 14:30 UTC Contributed 1 of 1 Observations
Tributary entering SE End of East Lake : Cherry Valley Lions Memorial Park Boat Launch Dock 2019-05-16 22:00 UTC Contributed 13 of 14 Observations