Good news for our Great Lakes from the Ontario Government

Posted on February 20, 2015 by

The Great Lakes Protection Act was reintroduced at Queen’s Park this week. If passed, this new law would help to ensure the healthy future of our Great Lakes waters.

Freshwater Future and our sister organization Freshwater Future Canada joins other conservation groups across Ontario in applauding the province for moving forward with this important legislation. The Act brings necessary attention to critical threats to the Great Lakes, including nutrient pollution and algal blooms, wetland habitat loss, and water pollution. If passed, it promises to bring the people of Ontario together to take action on these issues.

The Act, which seeks to protect and restore the ecological health of this important freshwater resource, sets out to fight climate change, reduce harmful algal blooms, and protect wetlands and other coastal areas. It aims to monitor and report on the health of the Great Lakes, and also to capitalize on local knowledge. Freshwater Future Canada places great value on local citizen knowledge and grassroots decision-making, and is pleased that this legislation includes a focus on community engagement.

As a source of drinking water for 80% of Canadians, the future of the Great Lakes is in all of our best interests. Freshwater Future Canada believes that a strong economy depends on healthy ecosystems and that as joint stewards and beneficiaries of the Great Lakes, we need to protect them in order to protect the jobs and economy they sustain. The Great Lakes are home to tourism, fisheries, industry, and local food production, all of which require a healthy ecosystem to thrive. The state of the Great Lakes is vital to the future of our province.

Freshwater Future and Freshwater Future Canada is hopeful that a stronger Great Lakes Protection Act can soon be passed, and urge the province to continue and increase its support of local environmental action by ENGO’s.


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