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Ontario’s York and Durham regional municipalities have completed a study requested by the province’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on strategies to further improve the phosphorus discharge from the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (Duffin Creek Plant) entering Lake Ontario. The Duffin Creek Plant is located on the waters…

January 19, 2018 @ 11:12am

Algal blooms are a frequent and wide-spread problem that is hurting the Ontario economy, threatening human and ecological health, and Ontario's Environmental Commissioner is demanding that provincial ministries do more to protect our waters from the nutrient pollution that drives the blooms. In her latest report,  Good Choices, Bad Choices: Environmental Rights…

October 25, 2017 @ 1:36pm

According to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), master implementation plans for 228 prefectural cities concerning water pollution control will be added to the national project pool, which include more than 3,300 projects amounting to a total investment of around 300 billion yuan (56 billion CAD). The MEP and the…

August 25, 2017 @ 12:03pm

Using data from NASA's Landsat 5 instrument, scientists Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak, along with colleagues, have made new advances in understanding the drivers behind Lake Erie’s toxic algal blooms and their implications for lake restoration. With the data, the researchers generated new estimates of historical algal blooms in Lake…

May 15, 2017 @ 11:43am

Only two weeks remain to provide input to Canadian and Ontario governments on the draft Action Plan to address the algae problem. Phosphorus pollution is a key factor in causing algal blooms in Lake Erie, which can be harmful to human health and the environment. Phosphorus enters Lake Erie from many sources,…

May 10, 2017 @ 11:36am

The Governments of Canada and Ontario have released a draft action plan that will help to reduce high amounts of phosphorus and the growth of toxic and nuisance algae in Lake Erie. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change said, "We intrinsically understand its importance, and we all have…

March 10, 2017 @ 2:24pm

A group of American universities and government agencies has completed a socio-economic study of agricultural management plans for curtailing harmful algal blooms and the willingness to pay for them. The researchers announced their first results this week, both at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting and in a special issue…

December 14, 2016 @ 3:49pm

A new paper released this week demonstrates how even small changes in water clarity  over time can have big impacts on water temperatures. In a letter published in Limnology and Oceanography Letters, a team of U.S. researchers, through modelling and empirical observations, have determined that water clarity trends of about one…

November 01, 2016 @ 1:56pm

Harmful algae growth can have a negative impact surface waters for both  human health and ecosystems. In drinking water, algae can lead to odours and unwanted tastes and an increased risk of toxins and bacteria. Most countries counteract these effects through water treatment, but the treatment chemicals can cause their…

October 27, 2016 @ 12:06pm

The water in southern B.C. has turned a vibrant shade of green due to a massive bloom of algae. The ocean water that stretches from the southern Gulf Islands, up to Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound started to turn green in early August, and since that time, the shade began…

August 24, 2016 @ 8:54am

Professor of biology Doug Bruce and colleagues from the U.S. have approached the desert with a life question of their own: how are desert green algae able to survive and even regenerate in places of severe drought? The answer is important for understanding how crops and other plants will cope…

July 18, 2016 @ 9:29am

In anticipation of the upcoming federal election, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative—a binational coalition of over 110 U.S. and Canadian mayors and local officials working to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River—wrote to five political parties requesting that they outline their…

October 16, 2015 @ 12:28pm

A statement released this week by 14 groups from Canada and the U.S., including World Wildlife Fund Canada, says that cutting phosphorous in Lake Erie by 40 per cent is a commendable target, but it should be bound by clear timelines and include the entire Lake system. The partnership was…

September 03, 2015 @ 2:00pm

The citizens of Pickering and Ajax are bolstering efforts to have the Province of Ontario and the Regions of Durham and York eliminate algae-inducing output from the Duffin Creek sewage treatment plant. Treated sewage, which flows into Lake Ontario, contains large amounts of phosphorous, creating an ideal environment for the…

May 30, 2014 @ 12:43pm