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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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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. -

October 2020

Seabins at Marinas to Scoop Up Plastic Waste

A collaboration between the Council of the Great Lakes Region, Pollution Probe, Boating Ontario, and the University of Toronto is rolling out a new initiative to clean up the Great Lakes using trash-trapping technology. By the end of October, 23 marinas in Ontario are deploying Seabins, a floating garbage can invented in Australia, and Litta Traps, a catch trap installed inside storm drains, to scoop up garbage after a pilot project in Toronto Harbour last year proved successful. - This project is the largest deployment of Seabins and Litta Traps in a freshwater environment and is an excellent example of positive action to address plastic waste in the water. Many marinas in Georgian Bay are already in the program, and we should all encourage others to follow suit. Read more here.

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January 2021

January 10 Water Levels Report

Water levels continue to be well above average and near record high levels, but all the lakes are continuing their seasonal declines.  Lake Michigan-Huron continues to be below the level it was at this time last year – see first graph below. All the lakes are now lower than they were at this time last year. From a month ago the water levels on Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are both down 3 inches, and Lakes  St Clair, Erie & Ontario are up 1, 2 & 2 inches, respectively. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario, are lower by 6, 6, 1, 0 & 12 inches, respectively, than they were at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are 9, 31, 32, 28 & 4 inches, respectively, above their long term Ja

January 2021

January 3 Water Levels Report

Water levels continue to be well above average and near record high levels, but all the lakes are continuing their seasonal declines. Lake Michigan-Huron continues to be below the level it was at this time last year – see first graph below. All the lakes are now lower than they were at this time last year. From a month ago the water levels on Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron, St Clair & Erie & are down 4, 2, 4, & 0 inches respectively, and Lake Ontario is up 2 inches. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario, are lower by 6, 6, 2, 1 & 14 inches, respectively, than they were at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are 10, 32, 29, 26 & 4 inches, respectively, above their long te

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