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.

Title:Watershed Planning Guidance

EBR Regsitry Number 013-1817

Resource Type:Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:4
Date authored:April 6, 2018
Publication number:1184
Author/s:Anastasia Lintner
Author Organization:CELA
Title: Ontario Freshwater Priorities
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:3
Date authored:April 12, 2018
Publication number:1183
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan and 20 others
Author Organization:CELA and 20 other organizations
Title:Submission on the City of Racine's Water Diversion Application
Resource Type:Legal Submissions
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:3
Date authored:March 21, 2018
Author/s:Jacqueline Wilson
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Ontario's Water Policy: How is fresh water protected?

Presentation to WaterScape: Community Discussions on Protecting Water for Future Generations

Resource Type:Presentation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:22
Date authored:February 6, 2018
Publication number:1168
Author/s:Anastasia Lintner
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association

Jan 23 2018

WaterScape - Community Discussions on Protecting Water for Future Generations
Title:Addressing Great Lakes-St Lawrence River Basin Protection and Restoration

Ontario Pre-Budget Consultations

Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:3
Date authored:January 19, 2018
Publication number:1163
Author/s:Anastasia M. Lintner
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Report: The People's Great Lakes Summit 2.0
Resource Type:Report
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:32
Date authored:November 14, 2017
Publication number:1153
Author/s:Christine Peringer

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
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