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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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January 2020

A Global Look at the Increasing Occurrence of Lethal Algae Blooms

According to scientists harmful algae blooms (HAB) are on the rise and they are lasting longer and getting larger. These blooms are increasingly linked to a combination of agricultural nutrients making their way into the water and warming temperatures. This supports GBA’s position that the Ontario Government should not be increasing the risk of HAB occurrences in Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron by allowing the open net pen aquaculture industry to expand as they intend. The controls in place for farms on the release of nutrients that can cause algae outbreaks are not being applied to these fish farms. Two fish farm sites have already been closed due to pollution, at La Cloche Channel and Grassy Narrows, and a third at Lake Wolsey has caused annual toxic algae outbreaks an

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

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January 2020

January 19 Water Levels Report

Water levels continue to be well above average and near record high levels. From a month ago the water level on Lakes Superior is down 1 inch, Lake Erie, St Clair and Ontario are 6, 7, and 1 inches higher, respectively, and Lake Michigan-Huron is unchanged. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie & Ontario are 3, 18, 16, 8 & 9 inches higher respectively than they were at this time last year, and 15, 37, 41, 32 & 19 inches, respectively above their long term January average. In a month’s time, the levels of Lakes Superior, Michigan Huron and St. Clair are expected to be down by 3, 1 and 4 inches, respectively, Lake Erie is expected to be unchanged and Lake Ontario is expected to increase by 4 inches. - Outflows from Lake Superior into the St

January 2020

January 12 Water Levels Report

An approaching winter storm will impact the region this weekend with a significant amount of precipitation expected. - Water levels continue to be well above average and near record high levels. From a month ago the water level on Lakes Superior is down 1 inch, Lake Erie and St Clair are 2 inches higher and Lakes Michigan-Huron and Ontario are unchanged. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie & Ontario are 3, 17, 9, 4 & 7 inches higher respectively than they were at this time last year, and 16, 37, 33, 28 & 16 inches, respectively above their long term January average. In a month’s time, the levels of Lakes Superior and Michigan Huron are expected to be down by 3 and 1 inches, respectively, Lake Erie is expected to be unchanged and Lakes St. Cl

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