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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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September 2019

GBA Submits Comprehensive Response on Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health, 2020

The Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Heath is the federal-provincial agreement that outlines how the government of Canada and Ontario provincial ministries coordinate their efforts to protect and conserve the Great Lakes ecosystem. This agreement is important as it binds Ontario into the provisions of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the US. Accordingly, GBA pulled together a comprehensive submission to address the many issues and action items that affect Georgian Bay. In addition to input from many of your GBA directors, particularly Claudette Young on the aquaculture content, we would like to thank: the Township of the Archipelago; and Georgian Bay Forever, Georgian Bay Land Trust and Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve for their ef

September 2019

Case Studies Prove That Cleaning Up the Great Lakes is Good for the Economy

Gail Krantzberg, a McMaster engineering professor, has co-edited a study that illustrates the economic and community benefits of cleaning up the Great Lakes. Her case study examined the transformation of Collingwood's harbour from an industrial brownfield, to a vibrant waterfront with beautiful homes and re-naturalized wetlands. The project, which cost about $3 million, is now bringing in $1 million per year in property taxes and non-tax revenue. Read more about the project and the case study on rehabilitation here.

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November 2019

November 17 Water Levels Report

From a month ago water levels on Lake Michigan-Huron are unchanged, Lakes Superior, St. Clair, and Erie are 4, 1 & 2 inches lower respectively, and Lake Ontario is up 2 inches. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are 1, 16, 9, 4 and 17 inches, respectively, above their levels of a year ago. In a month’s time all the Lakes are projected to be 3 to 4 inches lower. - Outflows from Lake Superior into the St. Mary’s River and Lake Michigan-Huron’s outflow into the St. Clair River are predicted to be above average for November. Lake St. Clair’s outflow through the Detroit River and Lake Erie’s outflow through the Niagara River are also forecasted to be above average in November. In addition, Lake Ontario’s outflow through the St. Lawrence

November 2019

November 10 Water Levels Report

From a month ago, water levels on Lake Ontario are unchanged and Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, and Erie are 1, 1, 4 & 4 inches lower respectively. The lakes are 2 to 18 inches higher than they were at this time last year. In a month’s time, Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair and Erie are projected to be 2 to 3 inches lower, while Lake Ontario is forecasted to fall 5 inches. Outflows from Lake Superior into the St. Mary’s River and Lake Michigan-Huron’s outflow into the St. Clair River are predicted to be above average for November. Lake St. Clair’s outflow through the Detroit River and Lake Erie’s outflow through the Niagara River are also forecasted to be above average in November. In addition, Lake Ontario’s outflow through the St. Lawrence River is

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