News Update: Lake Erie’s Action Plan

News Update: Lake Erie’s Action Plan

Yesterday, the governments of Canada and Ontario released the final Action Plan for Lake Erie—something Freshwater Future Canada has said for years is needed to restore the health of Lake Erie and address toxic algal blooms. Is it exactly what we think is needed? No. But let’s start with the […]

Canada-Ontario Action Plan to Address Lake Erie Algal Blooms Falls Short

Canada-Ontario Action Plan to Address Lake Erie Algal Blooms Falls Short

FRESHWATER FUTURE CANADA, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, CANADIAN FRESHWATER ALLIANCE For immediate release: February 22, 2018 Canada-Ontario action plan to address Lake Erie algae blooms is a good first step, but overall falls short Toronto, Ont. – Environmental groups are welcoming the federal and Ontario governments’ finalized plan to tackle Lake Erie algae […]

Toronto Investigates Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Toronto Investigates Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

This week, I took advantage of a break in the severe cold by walking down to Toronto’s Lake Ontario shore. I could stare at the beautiful ice formations for hours but I was in for an ugly surprise—bits of plastic scattered across the beach. There were straws, coffee cups, single-use […]

5 Things You Can Do To Protect The Great Lakes

5 Things You Can Do To Protect The Great Lakes

Small actions can make a big difference! At Freshwater Future Canada, we help thousands of communities around the Great Lakes protect their local waters so that, together, we can protect the whole of the Great Lakes. Individual actions are powerful, too! Here are five little things with big impact that you […]

New Report Shows Gaps in Ontario’s Drinking Water Protection

New Report Shows Gaps in Ontario’s Drinking Water Protection

Last month, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change released a report that evaluates how well its programs are doing at protecting drinking water, including the Great Lakes. While most Ontarians enjoy access to safe and reliable drinking water—99.8 percent of municipal drinking water tests are meeting the standards—there […]

NEW REPORT TRACKS BINATIONAL PROGRESS ON GREAT LAKES PROTECTION

NEW REPORT TRACKS BINATIONAL PROGRESS ON GREAT LAKES PROTECTION

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has been helping the Canada and the US prevent and resolve disputes over shared waters like the Great Lakes for over a century. This week, the IJC released a report that evaluates how these governments are doing at cleaning up and protecting the lakes. The […]

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

This fall, Freshwater Future Canada staff have been busy travelling to communities across the Great Lakes to learn about local threats to water quality and what we can do to help. We’ve been inspired by the creative solutions and hard work of community groups who are passionate about water.   […]

A Vision for the Future of Water

A Vision for the Future of Water

For the past month, Freshwater Future staff members have been traveling around the Great Lakes to learn what water means to residents and what we all envision for the future. Living in the Great Lakes region, we are surrounded by lakes, rivers, wetlands, and shorelines. Yet daily there are threats to our waters. […]

The Slime Monster is Back

The Slime Monster is Back

An algae bloom descends on Canadian Lake Erie beaches If you’ve visited a beach along the western Canadian shores of Lake Erie lately, you may have noticed that the water is green, slimy and smelly. What’s the cause? Blue-green algae. In recent weeks, a toxic algae bloom has extended across […]

Canadian Freshwater Assessment Highlights Great Lakes Among Most Threatened

Canadian Freshwater Assessment Highlights Great Lakes Among Most Threatened

Guest blog post by Anuja Kapoor Policy-makers face the facts about the at-risk integrity of one of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystems. This year marked the first national assessment of Canada’s abundant freshwater ecosystems in decades, encompassing 25 watersheds across Canada (and 167 sub-watersheds). The making of the assessment began […]

Worst Algal Bloom of the Season is Wake Up Call for Urgent Action

Toxic algal blooms on Lake Erie right now are as bad as we’ve seen them all summer. The bloom now covers almost all of the lake’s western basin along the Michigan and Ohio shorelines and extends offshore into the central basin and northeast to the Ontario coast. These conditions serve as a […]

4 Things You Can Do To Protect the Great Lakes

4 Things You Can Do To Protect the Great Lakes

Small actions can make a big difference! At Freshwater Future, we help thousands of communities around the Great Lakes protect their local waters so that, together, we can protect the whole of the Great Lakes. Individual actions are powerful, too! Here are four little things with big impact that you […]

Lake Erie Sustains Local Businesses

Just outside the gates of Rondeau Provincial Park is a pub and restaurant called Rondeau Joe’s. With a variety of beers on tap, a patio and a full marina out back, and a breathtaking view of the sunset over Rondeau Bay, there’s no better place to spend a summer evening […]

For This Retired Teacher, Lake Erie is Home

When JoAnne Chrysler was a teacher, she told her students that Lake Erie was her backyard. And she wasn’t joking. For almost 30 years, the Chatham-Kent, Ont. resident and retired teacher has lived in a cottage turned into an all-year-round home on the shores of Lake Erie. Most days, you […]

A Tidal Wave of Support for Lake Erie

A Tidal Wave of Support for Lake Erie

Monday, August 28 is the first ever #WeAreLakeErie Day on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  For the event, Freshwater Future Canada, along with our friends Environmental Defence and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, will create an online wave of support for Lake Erie. People can join in by sharing their personal stories about the lake—like this one—on social […]

Leading a Life Dependent on the Lake

Leading a Life Dependent on the Lake

When most people are just waking up for work, Todd Loop is already out on Lake Erie reeling in his first catch of the day. For the past 37 years, this has been a regular day for him. After graduating high school, Todd became a commercial fisherman and hasn’t looked […]

Ontario’s failure to protect wetlands could lead to more algal blooms

How serious is Ontario about addressing algal blooms on Lake Erie? While the Premier of Ontario (along with the Governors of Ohio and Michigan) has committed to meet nutrient reduction targets by 2025, the province’s weak wetland strategy released last week calls this commitment into question. Summers on Lake Erie can be […]

Webinar: Is Enough Being Done to Clean Up Lake Erie?

Three years ago, on August 2nd, the unthinkable happened. Toledo, a major Great Lakes city, had to ban drinking the water supply it draws from the lakes. For two and a half days, Toledo area residents could not drink the water flowing from the taps in their homes. Businesses, from […]

Disappointing Action Plans to Address Lake Erie’s Algae Blooms

Disappointing Action Plans to Address Lake Erie’s Algae Blooms

Have you heard the news yet? According to NOAA, we’re expecting to see a significant algae bloom on Lake Erie this summer. This is bad news for anyone who wants to use the lake for swimming, fishing, or boating as stinky mats of potentially harmful algae can severely limit enjoyment […]