The Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is now the official operator of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) and will be funded, in part, by the Ontario government and the federal government.
The province will contribute up to $2 million a year, and the federal government will provide $1 million spread over 4 years to help with the transition. Previously, the ELA was operated by the Central and Arctic Region of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The 3 groups have been working together since September 2012 in order to secure a new operator for the ELA.
“This agreement opens a fresh, new chapter in the life of the Experimental Lakes Area and the promise of many important and exciting research possibilities ahead of us,” said Scott Vaughan, president and CEO of IISD. “The story that real-world research can tell us about the human impact on the natural environment is indispensable in putting our relationship with this planet, on which we ultimately depend for everything, on a sustainable footing.”
The unique research facility is located in northern Ontario and hosts a number of whole-lake experiments, which provide significant contributions to scientific knowledge of freshwater ecosystems.