Great Lakes Spring Refresh

Great Lakes Spring Refresh

In mid-April Freshwater Future and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance hosted nearly 40 representatives of Ontario’s Great Lakes non-profit community came together to contribute to a strategic discussion about water issues. The group was inspired from the start by Mark Mattson of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, urging groups to work together towards Great Lakes that are “swimmable, drinkable, fishable.” Speakers gave a lay of the land of Great Lakes policy issues in Ontario, discussed models of collaboration, and round-table discussions allowed participants to share their strategic priorities, goals and needs. The following day featured capacity-building workshops.

To learn more about the Great Lakes Spring Refresh, or to receive updates about the Great Lakes Needs Assessment and Freshwater Future’s work in Ontario, please email April Weppler at

Thankyou to our Collaborators and Steering Committee Members for the Great Lakes Spring Refresh


  • Freshwater Alliance
  • Ontario trillium Foundation
  • Tides Canada
  • John Jackson, great lakes united
  • Claire Malcolmson, environmental
  • Defence
  • Sarah Miller, Canadian environmental
  • law Association
  • Theresa mcClenaghan, Canadian
  • environmental law Association
  • Terry Rees, Federation of ontario
  • Cottagers’ Association
  • Anastasia lintner, ecojustice
  • Wendy Cooper, tides Canada



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