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The president of International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR), Michael R. Twiss, PhD., has responded to a change in the structure of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s grants programs. In Budget 2018, it was proposed that several NSERC funding streams would be consolidated into a…

October 05, 2018 @ 10:28am

A new report released today shows that every federal dollar spent in the United States on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) projects from the program’s launch in 2010 through 2016 will produce a further $3.35 of economic activity in the Great Lakes region through 2036. “This study describes what we…

September 25, 2018 @ 10:31am

Earlier this month, Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry issued this notice to inform the public of a comment period being held by the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (Regional Body), regarding the Agreement signed by the Great Lakes Premiers and Governors in 2005.…

September 24, 2018 @ 10:41am

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has announced that she will invest eight Officers and 31 Members into the Order of Canada on Thursday at Rideau Hall, including two recipients who work in water and infrastructure arenas. The Order of Canada is one of our country's highest honours. Among those to receive the honour were:…

September 04, 2018 @ 5:22pm

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has announced that nearly $900,000 in grants have been awarded to seven U.S. organizations to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes. Grant recipients will use the funding to install long-term structural practices to limit sediment or nutrient runoff and implement…

August 16, 2018 @ 9:30am

Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation (GBGLF) has issued an alert and called for Ohio and the U.S. EPA to begin Grass Carp eradication measures immediately. GBGLF chair, Mary Muter, returned on June 22 from the annual conference of International Association of Great Lakes Researchers (IAGLR) with disturbing news: The Invasion…

July 26, 2018 @ 9:43am

Following last week's announcement of new funding for Great Lakes projects, ALUS Canada has described some of the projects to which its $600,000 in funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Great Lakes Protection Initiative (GLPI) will be directed, with the overall goal to improve water quality in Lake Erie.…

July 23, 2018 @ 10:59am

A new study released by the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) displays the success of environmental remediation in the Detroit River. The river, which forms part of the border between the U.S. and Canada and flows into Lake Erie, has come a long way from its reputation as…

July 20, 2018 @ 10:48am

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna visited Port Colborne, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Erie, today to announce an $8.95 million investment over four years for 36 projects aimed at improving the health of the Great Lakes. Minister McKenna joined a group of Great Lakes mayors, students, First Nations, local media, and…

July 19, 2018 @ 7:39pm

U.S. Consul General Juan Alsace is retiring after 32 years of service to the country. Juan and his wife Nancy will start the next chapter of their lives in Milwaukee where he plans to continue supporting efforts to protect the Great Lakes. On July 9th, Alsace hosted a reception with…

July 17, 2018 @ 8:00am

Human exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants has increased exponentially over the last three decades and recent studies have linked this exposure with reduced human fertility. In a letter to the governments of Canada and the United States released today, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has made five recommendations urging…

July 12, 2018 @ 2:37pm

Eighty eight percent of respondents believe protecting the Great Lakes is highly important and are willing to pay more to ensure their restoration, according to the second large survey conducted on public perception of the world’s largest freshwater system. The International Joint Commission (IJC) sponsored the survey, which was completed…

July 10, 2018 @ 11:50am

The Town of Ajax announced the passing of one of its founding, visionary leaders this week. Mayor Bill Parish (1924-2018) was a member of the first Ajax Council and served six one-year terms as Mayor from 1958 to 1963. As one of the original protectors of the Ajax waterfront, he…

June 23, 2018 @ 12:12pm

On Saturday while many Torontonians were breezily enjoying Lake Ontario's waterfront, 16 teams of tech-savvy students were busy presenting solutions to Great Lakes water challenges at the 2018 AquaHacking Semi-Finals Challenge at RBC WaterPark Place. Over the last three months, some of the brightest young innovators from universities across North…

June 11, 2018 @ 8:15am

The Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC), a project of the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI), released results of a study on non-indigenous species of plankton in ballast discharges from U.S. and Canadian lakers to western Lake Superior. Operators of the lakers proposed the study as a means of complying with…

June 08, 2018 @ 10:18am

The International Joint Commission is very pleased to announce that David Burden has accepted the position of Director of the Commission’s Great Lakes Regional Office and will lead the binational regional office for the next four years. In his previous role as Central and Arctic Regional Director General with the Government of Canada’s Department of Fisheries…

June 01, 2018 @ 3:57pm

Former state Senator and Office of the Great Lakes director Patricia Birkholz has died at age 74 following a battle with cancer. Ms. Birkholz brought her passion for the Great Lakes from her home in the coastal town of Saugatuck, Michigan to her long career marked by advocacy for natural…

May 04, 2018 @ 2:24pm

Green Party leader Elizabeth May issued a press release regarding Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand's three reports that were tabled in Parliament yesterday. “These reports demonstrate failure in critical areas,” said May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). “Wild salmon populations remain endangered on both the Atlantic and Pacific…

April 25, 2018 @ 11:23am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) for Lake Huron 2017-2021, part of a binational effort to restore and preserve the Lake Huron ecosystem. Summarizing knowledge of many resource management agencies, conservation authorities, scientists, and non-governmental organizations, the LAMP report concludes that the…

April 16, 2018 @ 9:10am

The government of Canada announced the creation of a new team of fisheries managers to increase the capacity of Canada's Sea Lamprey Control Program to reduce Sea Lamprey numbers and advance protections for Great Lakes fisheries this week. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Terry Sheehan,…

April 05, 2018 @ 10:05am

The U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, was in Toronto yesterday for an Empire Club of Canada luncheon speaking about Canada-U.S relations, NAFTA, and our countries' strong cultural, economical ties and similarities. The speech highlighted the success of cooperative Great Lakes management as proof that the current pressures to resolve NAFTA conflicts…

April 05, 2018 @ 8:04am

The State of Michigan has awarded $500,000 to the winners of the Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge, which sought solutions to the incursion of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. Last week, Edem Tsikata, a software consultant at Ab Initio Software LLC in Lexington, Massachusetts, was selected as the grand prize…

April 02, 2018 @ 12:43pm

Ontario Budget 2018 will support the health of water resources and water infrastructure through a number of spending programs. Indeed, Budget 2018 devotes considerable detail to Great Lakes issues. “From population growth and climate change to harmful pollution and invasive species, today’s cumulative pressures are overwhelming the province’s water basin,”…

March 29, 2018 @ 10:49am

The International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) is soliciting nominations for the 2018 IAGLR Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors a person who has made a notable impact on Great Lakes research with an outstanding body of work over many years, recognizing important and continued contributions to the field over…

February 01, 2018 @ 11:43am

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, launched the annual call for proposals for seven existing environmental funding programs that will provide over $15 million to help Canada address climate change, conserve the natural environment, and protect fresh water. Projects that could be funded under the program…

February 01, 2018 @ 10:04am

Canada’s Asian Carp Program will receive up to $20 million over five years due to a new government investment. Announced by Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the funding represents a significant commitment…

January 23, 2018 @ 11:52am

Chamber of Marine Commerce president Bruce Burrows posted the Chambers' "2018 wish list for legislative and policymakers to build on the economic momentum of Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and coastal shipping in Canada and the U.S" this week. In the document, he stated, “2017 was a year of significant cargo increases…

January 18, 2018 @ 11:21am

At the end of December, the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) announced that it had received a grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, which will support IAGLR’s Great Lakes restoration work on the Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs). Billions of dollars have…

January 15, 2018 @ 12:25pm

The Great Lakes will soon have a network of greater capacity to observe ecosystem changes thanks to a plan hatched by a University of Windsor researcher and funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Ontario’s Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science and Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. Aaron Fisk and his…

January 10, 2018 @ 9:51am

1. National watershed assessment We rejoice when water is prominent in the mainstream media. When WWF-Canada released the first-ever national assessment of Canada’s freshwater underscoring the need for a national framework to manage water quality and freshwater resources in June, the national press and Prime Minister took notice. Elizabeth Hendriks,…

December 22, 2017 @ 11:10am

A team of researchers from Environment Canada and Climate Change Canada and McMaster University have found that fish living downstream from a wastewater treatment plant showed changes to their normal behaviour—ones that made them vulnerable to predators—when exposed to elevated levels of antidepressant drugs in the water. The findings, published…

December 18, 2017 @ 9:33am

Over one hundred mayors and other elected officials have written a letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, urging her government not to allow the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin. Despite studies verifying the safety of the proposed Deep Geologic…

December 04, 2017 @ 12:38pm

The federal government has announced $44.84 million for the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, which is part of the $70.5 million of new funding allocated for freshwater protection in Budget 2017. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, was in Toronto on Friday to make the announcement. Addressing a crowd near Harbourfront, including members…

December 02, 2017 @ 4:54pm

The Grand River Conservation Authority has received $40,000 from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to contribute to the goals of the Lake Erie Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) Cambridge, Ontario MP Bryan May joined GRCA staff at the GRCA headquarters to make the announcement on behalf of Minister…

November 24, 2017 @ 9:52am

The Great Lakes Commission and The Nature Conservancy have launched new information services for their Blue Accounting initiative at the 2017 Leadership Summit of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers in Detroit. Blue Accounting is designed to help leaders across the Great Lakes Basin manage the freshwater in a more collaborative,…

October 27, 2017 @ 10:34am

In June of 2017, the more than 130 member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative called on the U.S. and Canadian federal governments to work together to designate the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  The…

October 16, 2017 @ 10:40am

Water quality conditions in Lake Erie continue to pose health risks for Ohioans in coastal communities that use the lake as their drinking water source. A recent publication in Frontiers in Marine Science shows how researchers in the Great Lakes region are working toward innovative solutions. John Lekki, Ph.D., NASA Glenn Research…

October 11, 2017 @ 8:04am

Leaders from government, First Nations, philanthropically minded businesses, and youth activists came together for the 2017 AquaHacking Summit to address the many issues facing the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin, specifically Lake Erie. Hosted by the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation and the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo,…

September 14, 2017 @ 9:44am

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has been awarded $750,000 to lead a project that will determine whether the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) investments have influenced how farmers are conducting their agricultural operations. Agricultural producers in the Great Lakes basin have received over $100 million for on-the-ground agricultural conservation practices through the GLRI since…

September 08, 2017 @ 9:51am

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, Catherine McKenna, has further delayed a decision on the proposal to bury low-level nuclear waste 680 metres below ground off the shores of Lake Huron at Ontario’s Bruce nuclear plant, near the town of Kincardine. The Minister has requested OPG provide more information on…

September 01, 2017 @ 11:21am

The Lower Thames Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has confirmed that the Thames River is experiencing a toxic blue-green algae event. On  August 28, LTVCA staff noted a discolouration in the Thames River, near Chatham, Ontario, and contacted the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in London. MOECC staff undertook…

August 31, 2017 @ 3:55pm

Following a five month delay and political interference, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the study that evaluated control options and technologies to prevent the inter-basin transfer of Asian carp in the Great Lakes for public review and comment. "The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study –…

August 08, 2017 @ 8:21am

In April, the Great Lakes Ecological Forecasting project based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, published Bogged Down in Phragmites: Assessing Risk in the Great Lakes Basin. The team’s findings on the spread of the invasive plant species Phragmites australis in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin. Credit:…

August 03, 2017 @ 2:55pm

Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature have launched a $1 million global search for innovative solutions to the impending invasion of the Asian carp. Both silver carp and bighead carp have progressed to within 10 miles of the three electric barriers built to prevent invasive carp from entering Lake…

August 02, 2017 @ 10:46am

Waterfront Regeneration Trust is honoured to announce that the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail has been recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) as offering the very best that Ontario trails have to offer. Designated one of the five ‘Trails of Distinction” in the inaugural program, the Trail protects, connects,…

July 31, 2017 @ 7:53am

The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) and the Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) are very pleased to announce a collaboration agreement between the two organizations. Signed on July 07, 2017 the agreement launches an ambitious effort by CGLR and NEMWI to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and…

July 25, 2017 @ 8:34am

Today, U.S. congressional representatives on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee have requested the full $300 million in funding for the Great Lake Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14), both members of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the subcommittee has included their request for full…

July 11, 2017 @ 5:06pm

Last week, the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two reports detailing the health of the Great Lakes. The first was the State of the Great Lakes 2017 Highlights Report, providing an overview of conditions in the Great Lakes. The overall assessment…

June 27, 2017 @ 2:07pm

Three research papers were recently released that focus on oil transportation in the Great Lakes region. Commissioned by the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), the papers address key aspects of oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region, including the current state of crude oil infrastructure, the economic impact of crude…

June 07, 2017 @ 11:24am

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) has issued a statement to strongly denounce the decision of President Trump to back out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The statement reads: "The decision is short sighted, ill advised, and not in the best interests of the…

June 02, 2017 @ 4:34pm

Already, 2017 has seen increased vigilance from Canadian provinces with respect to aquatic invasive species (AIS). A new study released earlier this month tracked the spread of AIS in two of the Great Lakes to better understand the spread of aquatic invasive species and offer insights into strategies to effectively curtail…

May 29, 2017 @ 1:02pm

The Trump Administration released its proposed 2018 budget to Congress today, eliminating $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI provides funding for cleaning up toxic waste sites, improving storm water management, combatting invasive species like Asian carp, and protecting habitat for fish and wildlife…

May 23, 2017 @ 4:37pm

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 City of Barrie has announced that its Wastewater Treatment Facility exceeded provincial standards for phosphorus concentrations in 2016. Barrie has sought high standards in its wastewater treatment to ensure there is minimum effect on Lake Simcoe. Last year, the amount of phosphorus that was discharged by the Wastewater Treatment…

April 04, 2017 @ 9:15am

United States congressional representatives have appealed directly to the president that he provide $300 million to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in response to his proposed budget cuts. Yesterday, a total of 63 U.S. congressional representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and other…

March 31, 2017 @ 9:35am

Thanks to the cross-border collaboration of several organizations, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has purchased one of the last privately owned, undeveloped shorelines between Duluth, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Known as Big Trout Bay, the property is located just minutes from the international border, and 45 minutes from…

March 29, 2017 @ 9:32am

Mississauga City Council passed a resolution today in support of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Earlier this month, the White House Draft Budget included the elimination of the GLRI. Since its founding in 2010, the GLRI has funded protection and restoration of…

March 29, 2017 @ 9:03am

Waterlution, in partnership with Greatness - The Great Lakes Project, is looking for one local artist in each of these communities across Ontario—Thunder Bay, Manitoulin Island, Aamjiwnaang (Sarnia), Owen Sound, Kingston, Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton—to help local residents connect and engage with their surrounding Great Lakes. Project lead Christopher McLeod…

March 16, 2017 @ 12:28pm

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

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released its draft Triennial Assessment of Progress (TAP) report, in which it found much to commend on the progress of Canada and the US in meeting the objectives of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The report points to the successful meeting of…

January 19, 2017 @ 10:19am

Researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology have used computer models to estimate the volume of plastic and microplastics entering the Great Lakes each year. Lead author on the research, Matthew Hoffman, assistant professor at the School of Mathematical Sciences, found that approximately 9887 metric tonnes of plastic pollution per…

December 30, 2016 @ 11:19am

Ontario has released the Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water from the office of Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). The report details the work done in late 2015 through 2016 to ensure the quality and safety of Ontario’s drinking water. The ministry highlighted certain elements of the…

December 22, 2016 @ 11:11am

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have mapped the location of thousands of tons of polyhalogenated carbazoles (PHCZs), an emerging chemical of concern, in the sediment of the Great Lakes and estimated their amount. Based on soil samples from the lake bottom and core samples from beneath it,…

December 21, 2016 @ 9:32am

Ontario has released its Minister’s Annual Report on Lake Simcoe for 2015. The report provided an update on government efforts since the release of their five-year report in October 2015. Work in Lake Simcoe has been primarily focused on phosphorous loading in the the lake, chloride levels, and climate change…

December 20, 2016 @ 8:53am

This week, the United States Congress and President Obama signed into law new legislation that will solidify the future of many programs that are important to the Great Lakes, known as the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. In a statement to the press, President Obama said, [The WIIN…

December 19, 2016 @ 3:26pm

In its most recent newsletter, the Intergovernmental Joint Commission presented an updated assessment of the climate science being done in the Great Lakes basin. The article acts as a follow up to the IJC’s December 2015 report State of Climate Change Science in the Great Lakes Basin: A Focus on…

December 15, 2016 @ 9:30am

Researchers are developing a warning system to for water utilities in Ohio that will notify them of hypoxic water near their intakes from Lake Erie reports the Great Lakes Echo. The project has received $1.5 million in federal funding. “We do a whole range of things, we deal with invasive mussels…

December 09, 2016 @ 9:08am

The Commissioners of the International Joint Commission (IJC) have signed and approved an order to regulate of water levels and flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The plan is intended to restore more natural variations of water levels. The updated order makes it possible for the IJC…

December 08, 2016 @ 11:00am

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released a report recommending the governments of Canada and the United States adopt a strategy to address toxic polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the Great Lakes to reduce risks to human health and the environment. PBDEs have been found in the Great Lakes at levels that could…

November 30, 2016 @ 9:46am

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released summary reports from its public meetings in Milwaukee and Toronto on the health of Lakes Ontario and Michigan. The Toronto forum covered: Waterfront restoration, Toronto Area of Concern and Remedial Action Plan, wastewater treatment, toxic substances, fish habitat, and a variety of other…

November 15, 2016 @ 10:44am

A new, non-native species of zooplankton has been confirmed in the western basin of Lake Erie, making it even clearer that more stringent ballast regulations for the Great Lakes are needed. The Thermocyclops crassus is an invertebrate zooplankton that is similar to another species naturally found in the Great Lakes.…

November 07, 2016 @ 12:10pm

A group of mayors, business leaders, and environmental non-governmental organizations with an interest in Great Lakes and freshwater have requested the federal government to develop a bi-national vision and roadmap for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ecosystem and economy. The proposal was announced during the first collaborative Great Lakes St.…

October 27, 2016 @ 6:33am

The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) held its fourth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members on October 12th. The CGLR was formed after 250 leaders from government, business, labour, non-profit, and academic sectors from around the Great Lakes region came together in 2011 at the Great Lakes Summit in…

October 25, 2016 @ 7:59am

Expressions of support, frustration, and the desire to see faster results were shared by participants of day two of The Great Lakes Public Forum held in Toronto. The three-day forum (ending Oct.6) is part of a broader effort by the governments of Canada and U.S. and the International Joint Commission…

October 05, 2016 @ 1:36pm

Over $5 million in funding has been granted by Sustain Our Great Lakes to 19 ecological restoration projects in the Great Lakes Basin. The funding comes from the U.S.’s National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and will benefit projects both sides of the border. Of that funding, $100,000 will be…

September 30, 2016 @ 9:15am

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that includes several provisions that would support Great Lakes protection, including the establishment of a Great Lakes Algal Bloom Coordinator to address the issue of harmful algal blooms. Passed by a 95-3 vote, the bill reauthorizes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) for…

September 16, 2016 @ 10:22am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has announced the recipients of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants totalling more than $2 million to 13 cities in Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin. The grants will fund green infrastructure projects that will improve public health and water quality at municipal…

August 25, 2016 @ 10:33am

Ralph Pentland is a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water, president of Ralbet Enterprises Inc. and a leading Canadian water policy expert who authored the IJC’s Report on the progress the Great Lakes states and provinces have made over the last 10 years in defending the lakes from…

June 22, 2016 @ 11:20am

The governments of Canada and the United States today announced that they  have identified eight substances as chemicals of mutual concern under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These chemicals are potentially harmful to human health or the environment. Once a chemical of mutual concern has been identified, the…

May 31, 2016 @ 1:40pm

On Wednesday, nine of 10 delegates who represent the states and Canadian provinces of the Great Lakes basin voted yes to allow the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin to draw water from Lake Michigan. The only holdout was the representative from Minnesota who stated that she was not prepared to make…

May 20, 2016 @ 1:41pm

A new report is calling on the Ontario government to implement an incentive for the public to recycle plastic bottles to reduce plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. The report entitled, Turning the Plastic Tide: How to Protect the Great Lakes and Fight Plastic Pollution, recommends that the province introduce…

May 01, 2016 @ 6:28pm

Ontario is investing $1.5 million this year in local efforts to help protect, restore, and enhance the Great Lakes. Now in its fourth year, the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund is providing up to $25,000 each to fund 69 projects led by not-for-profit organizations, schools, First Nations and Métis communities,…

April 22, 2016 @ 9:08am

Ontario's Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell met with 100 teachers at Brantford Collegiate Institute this week at a two-day event aimed at empowering teachers to incorporate Great Lakes issues into the curriculum. The event was hosted by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Education, Grand River Conservation…

April 19, 2016 @ 2:14pm

Eighty-five per cent of respondents believe protecting the Great Lakes is highly important, according to one of the largest surveys ever conducted on public perception of the world’s largest freshwater system in both Canada and the United States. The International Joint Commission (IJC) sponsored the survey, which was completed by…

April 14, 2016 @ 7:08am

The International Joint Commission (IJC) released a report this week summarizing the progress made to fulfill the recommendations of a 2000 commissions study on the protection of the waters of the Great Lakes from potentially harmful consumptive uses and diversions. The report found that federal, state and provincial governments in the…

January 20, 2016 @ 10:49am

The U.S. has joined the battle against polyethylene microbeads by banning the use of the tiny plastic pellets commonly used as exfoliants in cosmetic care products. President Barack Obama signed a bill December 28, 2015 prohibiting companies from manufacturing or using microbeads (tiny pieces of polymers between 0.1 micrometres and 5…

January 06, 2016 @ 8:55am

By Mario Carr A strong economy needs a healthy watershed. One municipality that understands this all too well is Hamilton, Ontario. Clean-up projects to reverse more than a century of abuse along Hamilton’s Lake Ontario shorelines are attracting wildlife, people, and dollars to the city, which has helped to boost…

November 13, 2015 @ 2:41pm

Today, Ellen Schwartzel, acting environmental commissioner of Ontario, released the Commission’s Annual Report for 2014-2015 entitled, “Small Things Matter.” In it, the commissioner recommended that the province move towards a full-cost accounting approach to water takings, that includes all water users. “Huge amount of surface water and groundwater are taken…

November 03, 2015 @ 2:23pm

Today Ontario released a report that shows that the health of Lake Simcoe is improving. The five-year report is the results of the Ontario government’s decision to enshrine Lake Simcoe’s health in Canada’s first lake-specific legislation: the 2008 Lake Simcoe Protection Act. The act enabled the creation of the Lake Simcoe…

October 23, 2015 @ 11:29am

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

This week, the Ontario government passed the Great Lakes Protection Act which will strengthen the province's ability to keep the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River clean, as well as to protect and restore the waterways that flow into them. The Act enables the province to address significant environmental challenges…

October 08, 2015 @ 10:03am

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

Ontario is calling on community groups to apply for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant, in an effort to help protect, restore, and enhance the Great Lakes. The fund is now four years old, and provides up to $25,000 to not-for-profit organizations, schools, First Nations and Métis communities and…

September 01, 2015 @ 11:10am

The American Public Works Association will recognize upgrades to the Keswick Water Pollution Control plant in the Region of York as one of its 2014 Projects of the Year at the upcoming APWA annual conference in Toronto. The Keswick Effluent Outfall project was carried out by Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM),…

June 09, 2014 @ 8:37am

[caption id="attachment_13163" align="alignright" width="300"] Front L-R: Jim Tovey, Joan Robson, Jim Bradley, Christine Zimmer. Back L-R: Nancy Cole, Dave Laurie, Dave Maunder, Leanne Gelsthorpe, Jackie Ward.[/caption] Ontario is investing in solutions in Peel Region to help protect Great Lakes water quality. IMAX Corporation is using new permeable pavement and stormwater…

August 27, 2012 @ 1:51pm

[caption id="attachment_12461" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley and the Chair of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Mayor Brian McMullan of St. Catharines, signing the memorandum.[/caption] Ontario and mayors from communities surrounding the Great Lakes have renewed their shared commitment to protect the Great Lakes. This week,…

June 27, 2012 @ 10:39am

The Ontario government has proposed a Great Lakes Protection Act, strategy, and support for local actions. Already, several groups have commented on the news. “Protecting the Great Lakes is not just a ‘nice’ thing to do; it’s absolutely necessary for our social, economic and environmental well being,” said Don Pearson,…

June 06, 2012 @ 2:07pm

Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. has been awarded the contract to complete the capping of historically contaminated sediment in the Peninsula Harbour, which is a Great Lakes Area of Concern. The $7.3 million sediment capping project will begin this month. Sediment in Peninsula Harbour is contaminated by mercury and polychlorinated biphenyl…

May 13, 2012 @ 1:04pm

Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent celebrated World Water Day at the Sherbourne Common in Toronto this morning, highlighting 46 projects that have received funding under Canada's Great Lakes Action Plan. "The Great Lakes are fundamental to the well-being of millions of Canadians and Americans who live and work along their shores.…

March 22, 2012 @ 8:57am

[caption id="attachment_10673" align="alignright" width="144" caption="Gord Miller"][/caption] Ontario's Environmental Commissioner is worried that Ontario has lost momentum when it comes to the province's pressing environmental issues. In his 2010/2011 Annual Report, titled Engaging Solutions, Gord Miller says there's no shortage of talk about the problems such as climate change, waste diversion,…

November 29, 2011 @ 1:46pm

The International Joint Commission provided 32 recommendations for action at the federal, state, provincial and local levels of government in its 15th biennial report, released today (find it here). In particular, the recommendations focus on the need for the United States and Canada to approve a revised Great Lakes Water…

March 09, 2011 @ 12:25pm

The government is failing to follow through on all of its environmental promises, says Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller. "This government rightly prides itself on the progress it has made in passing legislation to protect the environment," says Miller, "but actions on the ground often undermine it." In his 2009/2010…

September 24, 2010 @ 1:45pm

More than 580 billion litres of drinking water, the equivalent of 236,000 Olympic swimming pools, are being wasted every year by homeowners in the Great Lakes region of Ontario and Quebec, according to a report released today by Environmental Defence. Down the Drain: Water Conservation in the Great Lakes Basin…

July 05, 2010 @ 11:31am

A University of Toronto study of the concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other chemicals in the rivers running into Lake Ontario reveals significantly higher concentrations in areas closest to the centre of Toronto, an indication of the profound effects the city has on water quality. The team looked specifically…

May 14, 2010 @ 9:08am

[caption id="attachment_5551" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Chief Patrick Madahbee, Grand Council Chief, Anishinabek Nation and Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources, sign the agreements."][/caption] As of yesterday, the Anishinabek Nation and Ontario have agreed to continue to work together to strengthen collaboration on natural resource management. The Anishinabek Nation, as represented by…

April 29, 2010 @ 1:18pm

Over the weekend, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson released an action plan to guide the Obama Administration’s historic efforts to restore the Great Lakes. The action plan lays out the most urgent threats facing the Great Lakes and sets out goals, objectives and key actions over the…

February 22, 2010 @ 12:42pm

Seasonal storage of floodwaters from three unexploited rivers that flow into James Bay and the channelling of this water to the Ottawa River could provide for the generation of 14 terawatt-hours of hydroelectric energy per year, producing annual revenues of nearly $2 billion. According to the author of a controversial…

July 15, 2009 @ 8:44am

At precisely 2:30 p.m. in Cornwall, Ontario, the audience at the 16th Annual International Conference on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Ecosystem was privy to a presentation on zebra and quagga mussels. Meanwhile, back in Toronto, the Ontario government and mayors of the municipalities around the Great Lakes…

May 05, 2009 @ 3:22pm

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) sent questionnaires to five political parties; four were returned. "Given the national and international importance of the largest source of fresh water in the world, it is essential that the next federal government make a substantial commitment to protecting the Great…

October 10, 2008 @ 9:10am

Environmental groups asked the leaders of the federal parties yesterday to put their name to a pledge to make toxic pollution in the Great Lakes region a top priority. The pledge comes in the wake of several actions in the U.S. to address the Great Lakes, including new funds to…

October 03, 2008 @ 7:52am

Although Hurricane Ike is long gone, its impact lingers more than a thousand miles from where it made landfall. Runoff from tributaries dumped massive amounts of sediment into Lake Michigan, contaminating the water, compromising near-shore navigation and raising E. coli bacteria to levels unsafe for swimming. According to Richard Whitman,…

October 03, 2008 @ 7:11am

The House ratified a compact Tuesday to prevent the diversion of water from the Great Lakes, one of the world's largest sources of fresh water, reports the Associated Press. Eight Great Lakes states negotiated the compact after more than four years of talks involving business, scientific and environmental interests. Supporters…

September 24, 2008 @ 7:42am