Great news for the Great Lakes! Today, the Ontario Legislature voted in support of The Great Lakes Protection Act. And you, along with many other Environmental Defence supporters, made it happen!
You signed our petitions, you sent letters to the government, and you supported us and our allies in the Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance. And after years of work to strengthen previous versions of the legislation, today Ontario’s legislature passed an Act that will protect the waters millions of Ontarians depend on to drink, work, and play. The Act will become law once it receives royal assent by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor.
With the passage of this Act, the Great Lakes are finally getting the attention they deserve! The Act will lead to:
- Empowered communities through consultation and new opportunities for involvement;
- Consideration of traditional ecological knowledge in research and decision-making;
- Provincial commitment to meeting targets that will reduce or eliminate harmful pollutants and address algal blooms;
- Accountability, through improved monitoring and reporting;
Join us in writing a note of thanks to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray for this momentous decision.
With three out of four of Ontario’s Great Lakes in declining health, it is important that the government stand up to protect the lakes that provide drinking water to 80 per cent of Ontarians. The rise of pollution and loss of important habitats threatens the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin ecosystem, along with the health of the people and economy that rely on it. Last year, toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie left 500,000 people in Toledo, OH and also residents of Pelee Island, ON without access to safe tap water for a number of days. Today, with the passage of this strengthened Act, we’re on track to reverse this decline.
Thank you for helping to protect the Great Lakes ecosystems for current and future generations.
Water Program Manager
PS: This hard-earned success is only possible because of the support of caring people like you. And there is always more to be done! Please make a donation today in support of our continuing work to protect water and our Great Lakes, so we can build on today’s victory. Thank you!
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