New Great Lakes deal marks 50th anniversary

by Editorial Staff | June 2, 2021
Map of Great Lakes, identifying six areas of concern
The Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health includes an emphasis on clean-up efforts at six areas of concern. (Illustration from Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks)

Canada and Ontario recently marked the 50th anniversary of the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health by signing a new deal, the ninth between the governments.

The agreement sets out specific actions each government will take to protect and restore the Great Lakes, such as preventing toxic and nuisance algae, improving wastewater and stormwater management, reducing plastic pollution and excess road salt, restoring native species and habitats, and increasing resilience to climate change.

It includes a renewed commitment to completing environmental clean-up actions with an emphasis on six historically degraded areas, conserving key habitats around the Great Lakes, and continuing to restore Lake Erie, officials stated on Thursday, May 27.

The deal also includes a new focus on protecting Lake Ontario, supporting nature-based recreation opportunities, and strengthening First Nation and Métis engagement in the implementation of the agreement.

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