JOIN US: Toronto Harbour Report Launch - Oct. 11 5:30pm

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This summer Lake Ontario Waterkeeper once again sampled Toronto’s Inner Harbour to investigate the growing concern of this city’s sewage pollution into Lake Ontario.

They've compiled all of our findings into the second annual Toronto Harbour Report.

The Great Lakes Challenge is happy to be there to share more about our upcoming campaign about Streams & Rivers Pollution. 

Please join us! 

DATE: Wednesday October 11, 2017
TIME: 5:30pm - 7:30 pm
VENUE: Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (formerly Harbourfront Community Centre); 627 Queens Quay West, (Bathurst & Queens Quay), Toronto, ON, M5V 3G3

5:30pm - Doors open - drinks and snacks served
6:15pm - Report Presentation by Waterkeeper Vice President, Krystyn Tully
6:45pm - Food is served - time for drinks, food, and mixing & mingling

Please RSVP online!

Volunteer Opportunity: Native Tree Planting - Fletcher's Creek Brampton - Oct. 21

We are looking for volunteers in Ontario who are willing and able to help us build user created content for our upcoming Streams and Rivers Pollution Reporting Campaign. All we need you to do is use your cellphone to snap some shots of your nearby rivers and streams. Who doesn’t want an excuse to enjoy our rivers and streams right? 

Volunteer Opportunity:Stream & River Pollution Reporting Campaign: Photo & Promo Team |Sept 26-Oct 20

We are looking for volunteers in Ontario who are willing and able to help us build user created content for our upcoming Streams and Rivers Pollution Reporting Campaign. All we need you to do is use your cellphone to snap some shots of your nearby rivers and streams. Who doesn’t want an excuse to enjoy our rivers and streams right? 

Unknown Black Spill in Fletcher's Creek Threatens Redside Dace Habitat

Unknown Black Spill in Fletcher's Creek Threatens Redside Dace Habitat

While documenting our Great Lakes Challenge work on Fletcher's Creek in Brampton this week our crews witnessed an unknown black substance spill into this vulnerable habitat from a city storm drain. 

Thankfully we were able to report and fully document this event. 

This page will be updated with all the latest news. 

Project Spotlight: The Restoration of Second Creek

Project Spotlight: The Restoration of Second Creek

By: Mark Mattson, President, Swim Drink Fish Canada

Swim Drink Fish Canada is proud to partner with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) on the final stage of the work to restore the flow of Second Creek in the Terra Cotta Conservation area. This initiative is part of the Great Lakes Challenge, which is  made possible by the generosity of the The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Through their $1 million grant we are administering four restoration projects this year; transforming the way we think about restoration and connect people to water.

Originally, the Second Creek flowed through what is now the Terra Cotta Conservation Area, its natural meanders, riffles and pools provided habitat for a variety of fish. Years ago, among a variety of changes to Terra Cotta Conservation Area, the creek was dammed into three ponds cutting off the natural flow and destroying the natural meanders, riffles and pools.

As the Culture Fest comes to a close we begin something new in Kingston

By Mark Mattson, President, Swim Drink Fish Canada

Today marks the closing of the first ever Kingston and Wolfe Island Culture Festival.

Over the past 7 weeks we have explored what the Great Lakes mean to Kingston and Wolfe Island, how they’ve shaped our geography, our history, our identity. And, how they will shape our future.

My Summer in Kingston has given me hope.

By Rebecca Harrison, Manager of Programs, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

My name is Rebecca Harrison and I am the Manager of Programs at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.

Our organization started in Kingston over a decade ago. We launched there because even before we officially became Lake Ontario Waterkeeper we worked hand in hand with community organizations and local activists on a variety of cases. Our goal has always been to identify leaders within a community and assist their efforts for a swimmable drinkable fishable future on the Great Lakes.