Great Lakes

March 22nd is World Water Day!

Media Advisory, March 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2013

The International Year of Water Cooperation:
Restore Our Water International aims to make a global issue local

World Water Day is held annually on March 22rd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 2013 has been declared as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.

Restore Our Water International (ROWI) is a non-profit organization concerned with the unfolding crisis of rapidly declining water levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin. Mary Muter, Sierra Club’s Great Lakes Section Chair and ROWI Spokesperson, is extremely knowledgeable about Great Lakes issues and has worked proactively with a broad coalition of organizations and individuals to address environmental impacts.... Read more »

Great Lakes organizations alarmed with IJC's 'advice'

MEDIA RELEASE, February 4, 2013

Great Lakes organizations alarmed with the International Joint Commission’s “Adaptive Management” advice instead of dealing with a significant cause of the record-setting low water levels on Lakes Michigan/Huron/Georgian Bay

TORONTO, ON – February 4, 2013 - As water levels in Lakes Michigan, Huron and Georgian Bay set new monthly record lows, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has recently sent signals that it will ignore the public’s concern and request for a viable solution, announcing instead a ‘Great Lakes Regional Adaptive Management Plan’.

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The time to act to restore our water level is now

Some of the 600 people attending Monday's night's hearing.
DOUGLAS GLYNN The Free Press

Some of the 600 people attending Monday's night's hearing. DOUGLAS GLYNN The Free Press

 

The International Joint Commission (IJC) was told Monday that a “do nothing” approach to restore the water levels of Lakes Michigan-Huron and Georgian Bay is unacceptable.

Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton joined Great Lakes advocate Mary Muter of the Sierra Club and scores of North Simcoe residents in calling on the IJC to act.

The commission is an independent binational body established by the United States and Canada under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909.... Read more »

Ajax beach will be swale once culverts removed

On June 6th, 2014, Sierra Club Canada Foundation was presented with a $60,000 grant from the RBC Royal Bank Blue Water Leadership Grant.  SCCF is proud to partner with the Town of Ajax and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in a project to construct bioswales along the Ajax waterfront.  The native wetland plants of these bioswales will capture and filter the untreated stormwater before discharging into Lake Ontario.  This grant will also contribute towards a community awareness program. ... Read more »

We must close the Chicago waterways connections to keep Asian carp from taking over our Great Lakes and beyond before it is too late!

The long awaited report from the US Army Corps of Engineers on how to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes has finally been released. The report evaluates the many waterways connecting the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan –all potential avenues to allow several species of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The 5 year report costing $20M is titled Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS).

Silver and bighead carp already make up about 95% of the biomass in rivers downstream of the Chicago River. Over a century ago Chicago built a canal to reverse the flow of the Chicago River to divert their sewage and stormwater south into the Mississippi rather than their waterfront beaches. The “reversed” Chicago River flow has been supported by two US Supreme Court decisions.... Read more »

            

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