The Government of Canada & Province of Ontario are hosting two public consultation meetings about their draft Lake Erie Action Plan to Reduce Phosphorus and Algae. The first will be in Dunnville on May 16 and the second in Chatham on May 18. We encourage you to attend and let them know you expect them to take meaningful and timely action to address the algae problem. Below is the official invitation with further details.
Notice of Public Meetings
Canada-Ontario Draft Lake Erie Action Plan to Reduce Phosphorus and Algae
Lake Erie is exhibiting symptoms of extreme stress resulting in harmful and nuisance algal blooms and zones of low oxygen that threaten drinking water quality, fish populations, beach quality, coastal recreation, the overall ecological health of the lake, and the Canadian economy. The cause of these algal blooms has been linked to excess phosphorus entering the lake. A tremendous amount of work has already been completed to reduce phosphorus loads, however much more needs to be done.
The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario have developed a draft action plan that identifies actions to reduce phosphorus and algal growth in Lake Erie. To tackle these issues, actions from all levels of government, First Nations and Métis
communities, as well as sector groups, conservation authorities, and the public is needed.
Public meetings will be held on:
- May 16, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Dunnville Community Lifespan Center, 275 Ramsey Drive, Dunnville, ON
- May 18, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre, Meeting Room 1A, 565 Richmond St., Chatham, ON
For both meetings, free parking is available on site. The doors will open at 6:30 pm. There will be a formal presentation between 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm which will provide an overview of the issues and highlight actions proposed in the draft plan.
Following the presentation, there will be opportunity for the public to ask questions about the draft action plan and provide comments and feedback on actions that can be taken to reduce phosphorus. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to Jody.McKenna@canada.ca.
The draft of the Lake Erie Action Plan is available through the following links at LetsTalkLakeErie.ca or www.ontario.ca/EBR (registry number: 012-9971).