Severe Algae Bloom Forecast For Lake Erie This Summer

Severe Algae Bloom Forecast For Lake Erie This Summer

HELP FIGHT ALGAE BLOOMS IN LAKE ERIE. SIGN THE PLEDGE HERE. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, CANADIAN FRESHWATER ALLIANCE, AND FRESHWATER FUTURE CANADA For immediate release: July 13, 2017 Environmental groups urge action to protect Lake Erie following severe algae bloom forecast   Toronto, Ont. – The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) […]

Plan 2014 Approved by the International Joint Commission

Plan 2014 Approved by the International Joint Commission

The International Joint Commission (IJC) recently approved Plan 2014 – great news for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and for the organizations who have worked so hard over many years to make it happen. We’d like to give special mention to Save the River, one of our Great Lakes […]

Breaking – Ontario Announces 2-year ban on new water takings

Breaking – Ontario Announces 2-year ban on new water takings

Today, the Ontario government announced that it would ban new water bottling facilities from taking groundwater for 2 years. It also stops existing facilities from increasing their groundwater taking or testing for future groundwater sources. This is big news, especially for communities that have been competing with big water bottling […]

First Diversion of Great Lakes Water Granted Under New Protections

One of the most significant victories for the Great Lakes came in 2008 with a new agreement that included protections from diversions or withdrawals that could harm our waters. It’s called the Great Lakes Compact. Together with groups and community members from around the region, we succeeded in getting all eight Great […]

Update – Waukesha Diversion is Approved

Update – Waukesha Diversion is Approved

Today, the Great Lakes Governors voted to allow the community of Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan to supplement their water supply. Waukesha is the first municipality to be allowed to divert water under a provision of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (the Compact), […]

Canada’s Federal Budget Highlights Lake Erie

Canada’s Federal Budget Highlights Lake Erie

Yesterday, March 22, the Government of Canada released its first budget since being elected. It’s one of the most important documents produced by the Canadian government because it tells us which promises and policies will have the resources to be implemented. March 22 was also World Water Day – a […]

Great Lakes leaders encouraged by binational targets for Lake Erie

Great Lakes leaders encouraged by binational targets for Lake Erie

Today, the Governments of Canada and the United States released new targets to reduce toxic and nuisance algae blooms affecting Lake Erie. This is a big deal and means that we can now turn our attention to developing strong and effective Domestic Action Plans that will turn this into real […]

Victory! Ontario Leaps Ahead on Great Lakes Protection

Victory! Ontario Leaps Ahead on Great Lakes Protection

  The Ontario government recently did something wonderful for the Great Lakes. They passed the Great Lakes Protection Act! Freshwater Future Canada is thrilled to see that the Great Lakes community finally achieved this hard won battle. The bill was first introduced back in 2012, but failed to make it […]

Algae Media Tour

Algae Media Tour

Yesterday, Freshwater Future Canada, Canadian Freshwater Alliance, and Environmental Defence hosted a media tour of Pelee Island in Lake Erie. This week marks the one year anniversary of major water shut offs of Pelee Island that left a majority of their residents without water due to a toxic algal bloom. […]

Phosphorus Targets Announced for Lake Erie

Phosphorus Targets Announced for Lake Erie

Just in time for summer, as families get ready to hit the beach, Canada and the United States have announced their draft targets for reducing phosphorus loads to combat Lake Erie algal blooms. Harmful algal blooms have closed beaches, impacted the safety of our drinking water, and threatened the recreational […]

A Present to Lake Erie

A Present to Lake Erie

Decision makers around the Great Lakes made a promise to Lake Erie last week–just in time for summer and toxic algae season.  Leaders from Michigan, Ohio and Ontario signed an agreement to reduce pollution significantly over the next 10 years. Last August, nearly half a million Toledo area residents couldn’t […]

Apply Now for Grants and Services

Apply Now for Grants and Services

We are pleased to invite you to apply to our grant programs and seek our expert advice with our consulting services. Our Grant Opportunities and Membership information for 2015 is now available online.  Our Project Grants program’s spring cycle deadline is approaching, applications are due March 31, 2015 We are […]

Ontario Reintroduces the Great Lakes Protection Act

Ontario Reintroduces the Great Lakes Protection Act

The Great Lakes Protection Act was reintroduced at Queen’s Park this week. If passed, this new law would help to ensure the healthy future of our Great Lakes waters. Freshwater Future Canada joins other conservation groups across Ontario in applauding the province for moving forward with this important legislation. The […]

Health of the Great Lakes is Key to the Economic Future of Ontario

Health of the Great Lakes is Key to the Economic Future of Ontario

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne recently released her mandate letters to her Ministers, including one to Environment Minister Glen Murray.  The letter instructs the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on their priorities for the next four years.  Key amongst these is the development of a new long-term climate change […]