Environment Commissioner warning
By Mark Douglas
February 1, 2007
People would be shocked if they knew how badly off the Great Lakes
That dire opinion comes from Ontario Environmental Commissioner, Gord
Miller, who spoke with Bayshore Broadcasting News following an all-
day roundtable meeting yesterday about the fate of the Lakes.
Miller says people aren't aware of all the dangers facing the Lakes
today, nor their consequences -- and the politicians aren't taking
action to make people aware.
Miller says the three greatest dangers to the Great Lakes are the
full effects of climate change, invasive species, and the risk of an
environmental breakdown in the Lakes.
As for Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, Miller says there's a reduction
at the fisheries, and water levels are going down, thanks to no ice
and more evaporation in a warm winter.
Miller says open water in wintertime also means more severe snow
Miller says people can help prevent and even reverse the damage to
the Lakes, with things as simple as washing out your leisure boat so
you don't spread water viruses or zoo plankton.
Miller says the Ontario government is giving a "trivial amount" of
money and attention to the Lakes, with shockingly low levels of
enforcement and monitoring.
But Miller says public awareness of the issues will eventually lead
to political action.