Healthy Great Lakes

Canadians tend to take water for granted. But threats to water quantity and quality are all around us, whether from poorly planned development, water diversions and uncontrolled consumption, or from direct pollution. As a result, and as stated in the preamble to Ontario’s Great Lakes Protection Act, 2015, “three of Ontario’s four Great Lakes are in decline”. We all need to work together to reverse this trend.

With funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, CELA’s Healthy Great Lakes program engages a broad network of individuals and organizations in shaping, implementing, and making use of laws and policies that protect and restore the waters of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin. In addition to falling under our Water Sustainability priority, our work to protect and restore the waters of the Great Lakes – St Lawrence River Ecosystem also engages our Access to Environmental Justice (right to know), Pollution and Health, and Planning and Sustainability priorities.

CELA promotes the need for action across all the Great Lakes – St Lawrence River watersheds as the threats and issues differ across the region. The Ontario government has delineated the Canadian portion of the Great Lakes Basin into five watersheds: Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie, Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. CELA will seek government action on water issues that are relevant for each of these watersheds. As with all our work, we will continue to support vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

CELA’s goals for the Healthy Great Lakes program are:

• Robust, holistic, well-implemented public policy aimed at CELA’s key priorities:

- elimination or reduction of toxic pollutants;
- encouraging green infrastructure adoption;
- improving water conservation and efficiency;
- protecting and restoring water quantity by responding to water diversion proposals;
- ensuring government action is distributed equitably across Ontario's Great Lakes Basin watersheds, both geographically and in addressing needs of disadvantaged communities;
- engaging with First Nation and Métis communities in discussions of opportunities for action; and

• Engaged Great Lakes citizenry that makes use of available legal tools and holds government to account for the public trust.

Oct 04 2017

CELA's Anastasia Lintner to Speak at The Great Lakes Chloride Forum - October 4, 2017
Title:Low Impact Development Stormwater Management Guidance Manual

Response to EBR Registry number: 012-9080

Resource Type:Letter, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:9
Date authored:July 14, 2017
Author/s:Clifford Maynes, Anastasia Lintner and multiple endorsing organizations and individuals
Author Organization:Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition and Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:The Great Lakes Green Book

Summary of a Citizens’ Action Agenda for Restoring the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Ecosystem

Resource Type:Background information
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:48
Date authored:June 2003
Author/s:Great Lakes United
Title:Report: The People's Great Lakes Summit
Resource Type:Report
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:33
Date authored:May 17, 2017
Publication number:1123
Author/s:Christine Peringer

Jun 22 2017

CELA's Anastasia Lintner to be Resource Guest at AquaHacking Youth Delegation

Jun 09 2017

Aquahacking 2017 – United for Erie – Semi-Final Pitch Off June 21
Title:Provincial Policy Objectives for Managing Effects of Cage Aquaculture Operations on the Quality of Water and Sediment in Ontario’s Waters

EBR Registry Number: 012-7186 and Application Guidelines for Cage Aquaculture Facilities - EBR Registry Number: 012-5045

Resource Type:Legal Submissions
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:4
Date authored:June 29, 2016
Publication number:1121
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan and Keith Brooks with 7 other signatories
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association and Environmental Defence with 7 other endorsing organizations
Title:Great Lakes Protection Act Implementation
Resource Type:Presentation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:18
Date authored:April 26, 2017
Publication number:1120
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:​Comments on Partnering in Phosphorus Control: Achieving Phosphorus Reductions in Lake Erie from Canadian Sources ​

Comments from the Lake Erie Collective (EBR Registry #012-9971) 

Resource Type:Commentary
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:22
Date authored:May 24, 2017
Publication number:1117
Author/s:Nancy Goucher and 7 others
Author Organization:Freshwater Future, Environmental Defence, Canadian Freshwater Alliance, National Wildlife Federation, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Michigan League of Conservation Voters and Ohio Environmental Council + 10 endorsements, including Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance Comments on Canada-Ontario Action Plan for Lake Erie

(EBR Registry #012-9971)

Resource Type:Commentary
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:9
Date authored:May 24, 2017
Publication number:1116
Author/s:Anastasia Lintner and 10 others
Author Organization:Environmental Defence, Canadian Environmental Law Association, Association for Canadian Educational Resources, Freshwater Future Canada, Ontario Headwaters Institute, Ontario Nature, Ontario Rivers Alliance, WWF Canada + 6 endorsements
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