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A team of dedicated environmental professionals joined together in 2011 to coordinate actions aimed at improving overall water quality along the southeast shores of Lake Huron. This group is leading the Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water, Clean Beaches campaign, a concerted effort to address nuisance algae concerns and to promote safe and clean beaches and shorelines from Sarnia to Tobermory.

The past 20 years has seen an increased focus on water quality issues, including nuisance algae and beaches posted as being unsafe for swimming. This situation is caused by a combination of nutrient and bacterial pollution from private septic systems, municipal wastewater, agriculture, and natural sources. Canada and Ontario, in partnership with local municipal governments, health units, conservation authorities and local organizations, are working to develop and implement recommendations for actions to deal with these concerns.

To address algae issues and beach safety concerns, all partners are focusing on and coordinating actions that are aimed at lowering the amount of phosphorus and reducing incidences of high levels of bacteria (such as E. coli) entering the water. Lowering phosphorus levels in the water will reduce algae growth. If we take actions to minimize bacteria entering the water, this will reduce risks to human health and result in fewer beach postings.

Five key watersheds have been identified as priorities for immediate action. The group works together with local partners to develop and support the implementation of watershed management plans, with targeted actions such as tree planting or other erosion control projects, as well as monitoring and research needs, for each priority area.

The five priority areas:

For the latest news about the Healthy Lake Huron project see our news page and our latest newsletter.



Feature Article

Jennifer Pate
Microplastics threaten Great Lakes
Geographer, filmmaker, and Great Lakes sampling project co-leader provides warning about harmful microplastics but offers examples of people stepping forward to clean up Great Lakes.
Friday, April 7, 2017



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