ENVIRONMENT

Lake Erie - proposed phosphorous reduction target

Algal and cyanobacterial blooms have been increasing in Lake Erie since the late 1990’s, with an estimated economic impact of $4-5.5 over the next 30 years. A 2014 Great Lakes Commission Lake Erie water pollution resolution committed the Lake Erie states and the province of Ontario to form a working group to develop new and refine existing practices, programs and policies to achieve pollutant reduction targets and/or identify additional remedies to improve water quality in Lake Erie.   The Lake Erie Nutrient Targets (LENT) Working Group was formed as a result of that commitment.

Canada and the US are currently consulting on the recommended phosphorous (P) load reduction targets for Lake Erie.  As part of the consultation, agricultural groups are being asked to comment on the proposed 40% reduction (from 2008 levels) in P use in the Lake Erie watershed, which includes the Thames River and Leamington Tributaries in Ontario.

 

OSMA comments on P reduction targets


Climate Change  

 

In February, 2015, the Government of Ontario released a discussion paper on climate change. The intent of the document is to share ideas about how to successfully fight climate change while fostering economic growth in the province. 

The discussion paper:

·         Identifies the climate change challenge, the risks and threats it poses to Ontario's environment, economy and way of life.

·         Suggests actions that encourage individuals, businesses, government and communities to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

·         Asks important questions to help inform a comprehensive climate change strategy and action plan, to be released in 2015.  

OSMA Comments on Climate Change


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