Water Quality

Restore our Waters meetings for the end of May

The Great Lakes Section of Sierra Club Ontario is hosting meetings on Wednesday May 29 at the Kortright Centre (Major Mac and Pine Valley Drive) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and on May 30 at the Rec Plex in Wasaga Beach from 7pm to 9pm.

Learn about the Great Lakes water level crisis. Sierra Club has a policy supporting the need for responsible restoration of Lakes Michigan Huron levels to pre 1962 St. Clair River navigation conditions.... Read more »

Environmental group rejects takeover of Experimental Lakes

A Thunder Bay city councillor wants environmental groups to take over the Experimental Lakes Area — but one of the groups he's named is throwing cold water on the idea.

Federal government support for the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario is set to expire by the end of the month and there's been no announcement of any deal for another operator to take over the project.

Thunder Bay councillor Larry Hebert said it's time for groups such as Greenpeace or the Sierra Club to get involved.

“Why haven't they come to the fore? It is important, and I don't disagree with that, but if it's that important let them … put their money where their mouth is,” he said.

The executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada said it's not a significant cost for the federal government to keep the ELA open. However John Bennett said his group’s budget could not support it.... Read more »

Groups applaud reintroduction of Great Lakes Protection Act: urge all parties to support a strong law to protect the lakes

Toronto, ON -- The Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance - representing six environmental groups - is delighted that Ontario Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley re-introduced the Great Lakes Protection Act today as the new government’s first legislative agenda item.

“We’re thrilled that the Great Lakes are a priority for the government,” said Sarah Winterton, Acting Executive Director, Environmental Defence. “Improving protection for the source of drinking water for 80 per cent of Ontarians and protecting our shorelines and beaches is the right thing to do, and we urge all parties to work together to pass a strong Act.”

The bill was first introduced June 6, 2012, but died on the order table when the legislature was prorogued. Next, the bill will be debated, and amendments considered by an all-party committee.... Read more »

How to Fix a Leaky Great Lakes & Stabilize Geo Bay

Radio interview with Great Lakes Section Chair Mary Muter includes radio call in and discussion of multiple issues related to the Great Lakes: i.e. water levels management, the Asian Carp threat and the late 2012 fish kills in Georgian Bay. 
http://www.zoomerradio.ca/shows/goldhawk-fights-back/podcast-goldhawk-fights-back/gfb-podcast-mary-muter/

Mink-farm regs: the scoop on poop

 

About five years ago, residents of Yarmouth and surrounding areas joined together and formed the Tricounty Watershed Protection Association to stop the pollution being caused by mink farms at the headwaters of the Meteghan, Sissaboo and Tusket rivers. The Department of Environment conducted water tests in 10 lakes and 75 kilometres of the Tusket River for three consecutive years. The final water test results concluded that the mink farms were the probable cause. The government cancelled further water tests and no action was taken, despite the protests from citizens and environmental groups.... Read more »

            

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