Tell the Ontario and federal governments to tackle algae in Lake Erie
Canada and Ontario have jointly released a draft action plan to tackle algae in Lake Erie. But the draft plan is missing timelines, resources, and measureable outcomes. Instead of describing the actions necessary to achieve a healthy lake, the plan just lists activities that are already underway.
This is unacceptable. Tell Ontario and Canada: we need a plan to keep the lake healthy and clean, for the sake of the people and wildlife that rely on it.
Lake Erie is a global treasure. It provides drinking water for millions of Canadians and Americans, and supports a multi-billion dollar economy and a truly remarkable ecosystem. But the lake is under threat. Algal blooms in Lake Erie are tainting drinking water, clogging intake pipes, and deterring tourists from visiting shoreline communities.
We know how to stop the algae: reduce the amount of phosphorus making its way into the lake. Canada and Ontario recently set a target to reduce the amount of phosphorous in Lake Erie, a good first step. But it will take a bold and well funded action plan to ensure the target is met.
You can help. Ask the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to rewrite the Canada-Ontario Draft Action Plan to ensure it includes:
1. Clear timelines concerning when programs will roll out, and when we can expect to see the health of the lake improve;
2. A detailed resourcing plan that outlines what funds are available and what financial resources are required to implement the actions identified in the plan; and,
3. Incentive programs and in-person support services to help farmers reduce nutrient runoff.
Your letter will be sent to:
Hon Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada
Hon Chris Ballard, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Hon Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Hon Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Hon Kathryn McGarry, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Ms. Madhu Malhotra, Manager, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change