Environment and Climate Change Canada seeks ideas from the public for halting Lake Erie polution

April 2017 News, Feature

Lake Erie needs your help! Harmful and nuisance algal blooms are hurting Lake Erie’s environment and economy, and present risks to human health. But a healthier lake is possible.

Canada is working with its partners to develop a Canada-Ontario Action Plan to help reduce the amount of phosphorus – a key factor causing algae – from entering the lake, and Environment and Climate Change Canada wants to hear from members of the public as they develop a plan of action to address the problem.

Your comments and ideas will help build a final Plan with specific actions to help restore water quality in Lake Erie.

Canada and Ontario have recently released a Draft Nutrient Domestic Action Plan for public comment. The information gathered through this process will help form the final Action Plan, which will be available for further public input in summer 2017. A final Action Plan is expected to be in place no later than February 2018.

In seeking the ideas and insights of the public, Strategic Engagement Officer Audrey Manuel saidSometimes it’s the people who are closest to the water who raise the most relevant points and oftentimes provide us unique ideas for addressing issues that we may not think of ourselves.”

The public comment period for the Canada-Ontario Draft Action Plan for Lake Erie has been extended by an additional 15 days. The new deadline to submit comments is Wednesday May 24, 2017.  

Comments can be submitted through Canada’s engagement platform at  www.letstalklakeerie.ca

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