National Water Strategy

Press Release: IJC to allow Georgian Bay to drop another 1.25 meters

Immediate release: August 9, 2012

IJC to allow Georgian Bay to drop another 1.25 meters

(Midland) -- The International Joint Commission may be intending to allow water levels in Lake Huron and Georgian Bay to drop by more than 1.25 meters (4 feet) below current levels that are already at historically low threatening shoreline wetlands, navigation and access of island properties if the recommendations of a report by the Upper Great Lakes Study Board are adopted.  A video shown at a series of public meeting arranged by the IJC  appeared to downplay the implications to the middle lakes.... Read more »

Tell the IJC to Restore our Water Levels!

The IJC meetings on the Great Lakes water levels finished off mid-July with some of its most successful turnouts (read about the Midland meeting, where 600+ people attended). The struggle is not over yet.  Please remember that the IJC is accepting public comments via mail by September 30, 2012.  It is also important to write your MP with the same message: Restore our water levels!

Before writing your letter(s) please ask yourself these questions:

1.       What do 13 unprecedented years of low water levels mean to you economically and environmentally ( eg loss of wetlands and fish habitat, water quality concerns, invasion of Phragmites australis on exposed shorelines)?... Read more »

Restoring Lake Michigan Huron Water Levels Responsibly

Be prepared for the IJC meetings!

Here is a slideshow by our Great Lakes Chair, May Muter, to help you do just that:

Great Lakes ‘in terrible trouble,’ Barlow tells crowd

by Andrew Philips, 

Council of Canadians chairperson says governments more interested in profit than protection

... Read more »

Cross-Canada Checkup--New National Report on Water


From the Polis Newsletter:


The University of Victoria's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, in partnership with Simon Fraser University's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), recently released the new report “Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future.” Taking the national pulse on fresh water, the report offers a first-hand account of the state of water across the country, and outlines the water challenges and priorities facing Canadians. ... Read more »


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