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Canada-Ontario draft Action Plan to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie

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The government recently released a consultation document outlining a draft Canada-Ontario action plan intended to meet phosphorus reduction targets agreed to by Canada and the United States in 2012.

The report begins by laying out a series of questions that the government is particularly interested in getting stakeholder feedback on. It then details the history of the phosphorous issues in Lake Erie and a discussion of the current and changing ecology of the lake and the source of phosphorous loadings.

It examines a multi-faceted approach to improving the situation including:
  • Actions to reduce phosphorous loadings including working on a watershed and community level;
  • Improved legislation to limit loadings, either through revisiting legislation or improved enforcement;
  • Improve the knowledge base by continuing research and monitoring;
  • Build education and awareness; and
  • Recommendations for implementation
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