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Water Quality

Water quality issues fall into three categories:

  1. Water purity(for human health),
  2. Recreational water quality(also for human health/enjoyment), and,
  3. the long-term health of the Water Ecosystem.

The Georgian Bay Association strongly supports monitoring programs for all. Septic systems (septic tanks and leaching beds, leach pits and cesspools), grey water systems and storm water runoff can affect human and ecosystem health.

  • We are a key stakeholder in government engagements, including the review of The Great Lakes Protection Act ensuring that the Act is effective in dealing with water quality issues that affect our members
  • We are advisors on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
  • We network with other landowner organizations and advocate to all levels of government for improved legislation and regulations to protect and improve water quality

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May 2022

Steadily Warming Waters Will Increase the Risk of Blue Green Algae Outbreaks

A 2015 global study on water temperatures showed that the Great Lakes are getting warmer, and getting warmer faster than other lakes around the world. The study found that Lake Huron summer water temperatures increased by 2.1 degrees Celsius over a 25-year period and in the fall of 2021, all five Great Lakes were at record-high temperatures for the season, or about 5-6 degrees above average. The evidence that climate change is warming our waters in irrefutable and the need to do what we can to reduce the environmental risks of deteriorating water quality is becoming more and more important. GBA will continue our work on such matters as septic systems, aquaculture, and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, all of which represent controllable ways to reduce these risks. Read mo

November 2020

MPP Supports GBA and GBF's Call for a Ban on Unencapsulated Dock Foam

Parry Sound-Muskoka's MPP has added his support to the Archipelago, Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) and GBA in calling for ban on unencapsulated dock foam. Norm Miller has introduced the Keeping Polystyrene Out of Ontario's Lakes and Rivers Act at Queen's Park. This private member’s bill is designed to reduce polystyrene pollution by requiring any foam used in the construction of docks and rafts to be fully encapsulated. - GBA has been working with Georgian Bay Forever on their say no to dock foam committee and this support from Norm Miller is a welcome move forward towards a ban on the use of unencapsulated dock foam for new docks or repairs. See press coverage here and find more information here. -

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September 2022

September 25 Water Levels Report

Lake Michigan-Huron continues to be below the level it was at this time last year – see first graph below. - From a month ago the water levels on Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are down 2, 4, 4 & 7 inches respectively and Lakes Superior is up 1 inch. Lakes Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are lower by 7, 13, 9 & 10 inches respectively, and Lakes Superior is up 6 inches, than they were at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & are 5, 7, 10, & 9 inches above, respectively, and Lake Ontario is 9 inches below, their long term September average.All the lakes remain well below their September record highs, except Superior which is only 7 inches below. - In a month’s time Lakes Superior,

September 2022

September 18 Water Levels Report

Lake Michigan-Huron continues to be below the level it was at this time last year – see first graph below. - From a month ago the water levels on Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are down 0, 2, 4, 3 & 7 inches respectively. Lakes Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are lower by 7, 8, 7 & 9 inches respectively, and Lakes Superior is up 6 inches, than they were at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & are 5, 8, 11, & 11 inches above, respectively, and Lake Ontario is 8 inches below, their long term September average. All the lakes remain well below their September record highs. - In a month’s time Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are expected t

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