39 Results for Lake Erie

A group of four swimmers are preparing to complete a series of 10 swims in locations across Lake Erie, all in a span of 24 hours this weekend. Their first swim will be in the Detroit River, out to Peche Island and back, beginning at sunrise on Saturday, September 8,…

September 05, 2018 @ 2:53pm

The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative (PRC) has released a request for proposal (RFP) for technologies to assist in the interception and removal of phosphorus from agricultural runoff in the Thames River and Lake Erie basin. From 2018 to 2020, the PRC “expects to make total awards worth between $10,000…

July 25, 2018 @ 11:18am

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

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has launched ErieStat, a website that tracks progress toward the binational shared goal of reducing phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 per cent, and reports how much of the nutrient is entering the lake from select rivers. “Our Great Lakes Commission team works hard to help state, provincial, and federal…

June 08, 2018 @ 10:33am

On Friday, Mayor Matt Brown of London, Ontario marked the successful completion of the HELP Clean Water (Huron-Elgin-London Project Clean Water) project, a multi-year, multi-million-dollar regional infrastructure program designed to provide plentiful and reliable water to more than 500,000 people in Southwestern Ontario. The project has taken 14 years to move from…

March 12, 2018 @ 10:02am

The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative (PRC) is moving into the next phase in developing practical ways to reduce the amount of phosphorus getting into local waterways from agricultural and municipal drains. “We have involved a lot of skilled people who are eager to do their part to improve local…

February 23, 2018 @ 4:10pm

The governments of Canada and Ontario have released the final Lake Erie Action Plan. The plan identifies more than 120 federal, provincial, and partner actions that make use of mandatory and voluntary approaches, to help achieve the goal of reducing phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 per cent from 2008…

February 23, 2018 @ 2:36pm

Today, the International Joint Commission (IJC) released its report, Fertilizer Application Patterns and Trends and Their Implications for Water Quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin, which analyzes existing data on phosphorus transmission to Lake Erie. The report has concluded that commercial fertilizer and manure applications are the largest sources…

February 13, 2018 @ 1:45pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

A new initiative launched this week, called The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative, is developing innovative tools, practices and technologies to help farmers and municipalities reduce phosphorus and algal blooms in the southwestern Ontario watershed which feeds into Lake Erie. “We’re determined to improve the quality of water in the…

June 27, 2017 @ 4:42pm

At their annual meeting and conference, hosted by outgoing chair Mayor Denis Coderre, in Montreal, member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative called for Canadian leadership in protecting the lakes. “This has been a very busy year. The Trump administration backed out of cutting the Great…

June 15, 2017 @ 11:49am

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

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

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 Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI), a U.S. not-for-profit focused on economic development in and around the Great Lakes, has commented on the International Joint Commission (IJC) Triennial Assessment of Progress on Great Lakes Water Quality and the 2016 Progress Report of the Parties. NEMWI has issued two substantive comments on the…

April 18, 2017 @ 1:24pm

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

The Board of Directors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) has announced that John Dickert will has been selected to lead the organization as the new president and CAO. Dickert will succeed David Ullrich, who will step down from his position this summer as executive…

March 27, 2017 @ 9:56am

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 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition of mayors from over 125 cities across the basin representing over 17 million people, expressed deep concern over draft White House budget cuts that would reduce funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 97 per cent from…

March 07, 2017 @ 3:14pm

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has a released a report and recommendations to the governments of Canada and the United States regarding microplastics in the Great Lakes. Citing growing evidence that significant amounts of small pieces of plastic are entering the Great Lakes, the IJC has recommended several actions to…

February 14, 2017 @ 9:43am

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

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 computer model developed by researchers in the U.S. allows scientists to better capture the physical characteristics of the Great Lakes by fully resolving the hydrodynamic and climactic properties of the lakes. The model is innovative in that it moves beyond conventional 1-D lake models used to represent two-way interactions…

November 22, 2016 @ 8:15am

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

The Ministry of Natural Resources confirms that an Asian Carp was caught in Lake Erie, west of Point Pelee. The fish caught by a commercial net was a grass carp, a member of the Asian carp family. A few similar grass carps were previously found on the U.S. side near Monroe,…

August 30, 2016 @ 11:33am

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

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

Ontario has approved a plan to protect sources of drinking water in the Grand River watershed area in south-central Ontario. The source protection plan, developed by the local municipalities and the Lake Erie Region source protection committee, will take effect July 1, 2016. The source protection planning process began in 2006,…

December 04, 2015 @ 8:01am

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

Source Protection Plans in the Thames and Sydenham region have been approved by the provincial government, as of September 18, 2015. The water protection plans were developed by municipal and community partners. Source Protection Plans are science-based plans designed locally to protect the water quality of lakes, rivers, and sources…

September 21, 2015 @ 2:39pm

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 Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) has been awarded a five-year contract to operate the water treatment and transmission systems of the two water systems which provide clean drinking water to 14 municipalities located between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. The value of the five-year contract is $35.1 million. Together,…

January 20, 2012 @ 2:18pm

The 2007 Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (COA) has been extended to March 31, 2011. The agreement, signed in June 2007, was set to expire on March 31, 2010.The COA establishes an action plan and roles and responsibilities between federal and provincial ministries, and helps Canada to…

April 01, 2010 @ 9:22am