I have a particular interest in the Great Lakes in the preparations for the May 4 and May 5, 2013 Jane’s Walks in Long Branch that Mike James and I will be leading near the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
The following headline, photo, and opening sentences are from a March 15, 2013 CBC News report regarding the Great Lakes:
Great Lakes experiencing ‘new stresses’
Pharmaceutical waste, fertilizers and climate change all new threats to fresh water
An aquatic expert warns that despite improved policies and extensive clean-up, the Great Lakes remain stressed and threatened.
Doug Haffner, the senior Canada research chair in Great Lakes Research at the University of Windsor, says a number of pollutant abatement programs implemented since the 1960s had a positive impact on the lakes.
“However, we have new issues. The Great Lakes have many different stresses on them right now,” Haffner said.
He said one newer concern is pharmaceutical waste.
Eighteen months ago, the International Joint Commission flagged “chemicals of emerging concern” as a risk to humans and ecosystems.
“The other factor is climate change,” Haffner said.
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A sidebar in the article lists the following chemicals of concern:
The full article can be accessed here.
Also with regard to research related to water, a March 16, 2013 Globe and Mail article discusses the closing of a freshwater research station in Northern Ontario.
Algae in Lake Eries
A March 24, 2013 Toronto Star article highlights a toxic algae bloom affecting Lake Erie; a photo from the article is posted below. [Click on link in the previous sentence to access the article.]