Lakes can’t wait
Leading up to the February 19 meeting between President Obama and Prime
Minister Harper, a group of 54 environmental and conservation
organizations sent a letter to the leaders urging them to commit to
revitalizing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. How did the
Around the globe, metallic sulfide and uranium mines have laid waste to
watersheds. Today, potential mining sites literally surround Lake
Superior. These projects threaten some of the most pristine areas of
the Great Lakes region, and risk irreversible harm to one of the most
magnificent lakes in the world.
Across the region, heavily polluted and impaired waterways are going
unnoticed, despite pleas from citizens to designate their site an Area
of Concern. Unfortunately, these appeals are falling on deaf ears. But
why would any community want to be deemed a toxic hotspot?
Regier honoured by Governor General
Long-time Great Lakes activist Henry Regier was named a member of the
Order of Canada in October, 2008. He was named to Canada’s highest
civilian honour for his contributions to developing and implementing
ecosystem management practices to protect freshwater fisheries—much of
it focussing on the Great Lakes—and for his leadership in national and
international conservation organizations.
stormwater management gaining ground
For fifty years, stormwater engineers have considered rain a nuisance.
It is something best evacuated quickly from roads and sidewalks and
diverted into concrete gutters and underground pipes. Fortunately,
engineers today have started to make peace with stormwater. Together
with town planners, landscape architects, biologists, and other
experts, engineers are finding natural processes to keep streets and
sidewalks clear while improving water quality.
of the Detroit River’s Charismatic Megafauna
Over 35 years of pollution prevention and control undertaken in
response to the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, U.S.
Clean Water Act, Canada Water Act, U.S. Endangered Species Act, and
more have resulted in a return of charismatic megafauna.
our shared water this June
During the week in June, communities along the Niagara River and the
Boundary Waters Treaty Centennial Committee will host a series of
water-themed conferences, festivals, exhibits and events featuring
distinguished environmental speakers and dignitaries. Highlights
include a special ceremony on the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls on
Saturday, June 13.
fills Commission’s sails
Wind development is breaking new ground in the region—sometimes to the
applause of communities and sometimes surrounded by criticism.
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protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, because life here
wouldn't be the same without them.