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August 27, 2015

Government launches Consultations on Phosphorus Targets to Protect Lake Erie

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The Government of Canada launched, July 9, 2015, consultations on phosphorus targets to protect Lake Erie.

Developing phosphorus reduction targets is a key commitment of the 2012 Canada United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The targets being proposed for Lake Erie are the result of the science delivered by the government’s $16 million Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative, and the work of a binational subcommittee comprised of federal agencies and other partners.

Phosphorus is linked to algal bloom occurrences in Lake Erie which have increased over the past decade. The blooms can increase costs associated with water quality and treatment; adversely impact commercial and recreational fishing activities and other recreational pursuits; and degrade fish and wildlife habitat and populations. The deadline to provide feedback is August 31, 2015.


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