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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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February 2020

Funding Continued for the Lake Partner Program

The Lake Partner Program is a volunteer water quality monitoring program for Ontario's inland lakes.  The funding for this program has been under threat from the Ford government budget cuts. GBA has been working with Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA) to advocate for retention of the program and the modest amount needed from the Ontario government each year to keep it going. We are pleased to report that it’s future is now secure under the current administration. Read more about the government's commitment here. -

January 2020

A Global Look at the Increasing Occurrence of Lethal Algae Blooms

Harmful algae blooms (HAB) are on the rise and, according to scientists, they are getting larger in size and lasting longer. HAB are being increasingly linked to agricultural nutrients making their way into the water and warming water temperatures. GBA maintains 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 and is in the process o

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August 2020

August 9 Water Levels Report

Over the last week many areas in the Great lakes basin received significant precipitation. Rainstorms are also predicted for most of the basin for Sunday and Monday. - Water levels continue to be well above average and near or above record high levels. From a month ago the water level on Lake Superior is up 3 inches, Lakes Michigan-Huron and St Clair are unchanged, and Erie & Ontario are both down 3 inches. Lakes Superior, Ontario, & Erie are lower by 3, 3 & 20 inches, respectively, and Lakes Michigan-Huron & St. Clair are 3 & 2 inches higher, respectively, than they were at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are 10, 34, 34, 28 & 9 inches, respectively, above their long term August average. Lake

August 2020

August 2 Water Levels Report

Water levels continue to be well above average and near or above record high levels. From a month ago the water level on Lakes Superior is up 3 inches, Michigan-Huron is unchanged, and Lakes St Clair, Erie & Ontario are down 2, 3 & 3 inches, respectively. Lakes Superior, St. Clair, Ontario, & Erie are lower by 3, 2, 4 & 22 inches, respectively, and Lake Michigan-Huron is 3 inches higher than it was at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are 11, 34, 30, 26 & 5 inches, respectively, above their long term July average. Lake Michigan-Huron is 2 inches higher than its previous record high for July. All the other lakes are below their July record high. In a month’s time, the level of Lake Superior

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