- To Monitor issues affecting the short- and long-term health effects of the waters along the eastern and northern Georgian Bay and liaise with other organizations in finding solutions to threats to the water system.
- To position GBA as a strong voice and advocate for action on water quality (drinking water, recreational and ecosystem) and quantity in the Middle Lakes.
- To stay current with government activities and NGO activities as they relate to water quality and water levels in Georgian Bay.
- Support municipalities (TGB, ToA) and organizations (GB5 and others) to fund, research to understand and conduct long-term testing to monitor point source pollution, wetland health and water ecosystem (chemistry and nutrients).
- Support research about impacts of water level fluctuations and research into various controls that could be used to moderate such fluctuations
2018 Plans and Objectives
- Survey our local associations to find out what water testing is now being done after the recommendations of the GBA fall 2015 and our survey in 2013.
- Inquire of other organizations to find out what water testing is being done by other
- Share our findings (of the 2 above actions) and specifically explain how people can be involved (working with LPP, GBF, GBBR or other) in an UPDATE article, or primer or other mechanism
- Improve communication about water quality within the GBA
- Share the Army Corps of Engineers water level information on a weekly basis
- Find a suitable Georgian Bay representative willing to sit on the Muskoka Watershed Council
- Increase the dialogue about source water protection
- Improve dialogue about water science with GBF (between ED’s and between Presidents)
- Create composting toilet primer, and any other short primers to assist cottagers
- Participate in the Georgian Bay Science Forums or other symposiums (with other organizations such as the GBBR and the GBF)
- Attend 4th Annual Indigenous Lands and Resource Management Conference, Magnetawan (Mar 2018)
- Attend Safe Quiet Lakes annual meeting, Rosseau (April 2018)
- Presentation about water quality to a local association (McGregor Bay, Aug 2018, Anne)
- Consider attending the Latornell Conservation Symposium Nov, Nottawasaga (registration fee required)
- Work with FOCA and OOWA to advocate for improved septic inspections and
maintenance – Rick invited to present at a GBA BM
- Assist in putting together Fall Public Meeting with “Water” as the theme.
- Meet with David Sweetnam, GBF, re water science, April 24th 2017
- Telephone discussion and participation in the Muskoka Stewardship Conference, May 12th 2017
- Primer: Pump outs and locations, including mapping
- Primer: Burn barrels and their chemical hazards
- Primer: Water protection best practices (especially phosphorous)
- Primer: Composting toilets & decomposition best practices
- Attend Muskoka Watershed Council’s 50 Shades of Green Conference (May)