A suite of effective land management and drainage solutions for agriculture, developed cooperatively with partners, for reducing phosphorus and improving water quality in the Thames River.
Cover crops helps reduce phosphorus loading -
Grow Ontario Together video
October 11, 2019
An algae bloom that lingered in a large section of the Thames River in Chatham for several days in late September was unpleasant but not dangerous.
To Help Clean Up
Lake Erie is the shallowest and warmest of the Great Lakes. It has a total surface area of 25,700 square kilometres and an average depth of only 19 metres. The lake’s Western Basin, which is where most of the algal bloom problem occurs, averages only 7.4 metres deep, compared to Lake Superior – the deepest – which averages 147 metres. These conditions make it an ideal environment for algal blooms to proliferate as water warms up during the summer.
Lake Erie is a critical resource that fulfils many important functions:
Provides drinking water to 680,000 Ontario residents
Supplies water for crop irrigation
Supports large commercial and recreational fisheries
Provides habitat for hundreds of plant and animal species both
on the land and in the water
Draws residents and visitors for recreation and tourism
The warming effects of climate change, combined with pressures from phosphorus loading mean we need to act now to ensure Lake Erie continues to thrive in the coming years.
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The warming effects of climate change, combined with pressures from phosphorus loading means we need to act now to ensure Lake Erie continues to thrive in the coming years.