The algae bloom in the western end of Lake Erie has taken off over the last two weeks, just when we thought we had gotten off relatively easy this summer.
The toxic bloom has prompted beach closures on the mainland as well as Pelee Island. Some residents are taking their boats out of the water for the season, a whole month earlier than they normally do. You can read more about it in this Windsor Star article, where the Canadian Freshwater Alliance's efforts to hold the federal and Ontario governments to account are mentioned.
The only upshot to this whole situation is that it is putting pressure on decision-makers to take action. After being greeted by this view in downtown Toledo, Ohio, their mayor has stated she wants Lake Erie to be given the official status of "impaired".
In Ontario, we also have an opportunity to put pressure on our leaders. I was at Queen’s Park yesterday meeting with Members of Provincial Parliament to show them how dire the situation is, and ask that they support and fund solutions that will eliminate such severe algae blooms in our lake.
Now is also a good time for you to talk with your elected officials. Let me know if you are interested in setting up a meeting with any of your representatives, and I can help guide you through the process, and perhaps even join you.
Over the next month, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance will be working diligently to demand our leaders take more meaningful and immediate actions to battle the green slime that keeps invading our Great Lake. Please consider helping us achieve this through a donation to our Lake Erie Alive campaign.