We deliver sound scientific research and solutions supporting water levels, water quality, wetlands, the fishery, and aquatic invasive species control.

 

Water Levels

Now the most valuable commodity in the world and we have 20% of the world’s freshwater in the Great Lakes. But it is a glacial deposit and only 1% is renewable. And in periods of declining water levels there have been significant concerns over water quality – increased nutrient concentrations leading to toxic blue green algal blooms. [READ MORE]

Wetlands

The most important element in aquatic ecosystems. Georgian Bay has the highest quality, most diverse, most extensive wetlands found anywhere in the Great Lakes. But our wetlands are the most sensitive to sustained low water levels since they are on glacial till sediments scattered among the 30,000 granite islands on Georgian Bay. [READ MORE]

Grass Carp

Grass Carp, with their voracious appetites … pose a serious threat to waterfowl habitat and wetlands. It is currently estimated that, unless Grass Carp are eradicated immediately, they will quickly colonize the middle and lower Great Lakes and destroy the wetlands. [READ MORE]

In the News

What gives? – the IJC only cares about Lake Ontario?

What gives? – the IJC only cares about Lake Ontario?

NEW YORK (WHEC) — The joint U.S. and Canadian International Joint Commission (IJC), which regulates water levels on Lake Ontario, has launched a new inquiry to consider amendments or improvements to its controversial Plan 2014 regimen for managing lake levels, the IJC...

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About Our Foundation

Where are we?

In the fall of 2016, we joined the Huronia Community Foundation(HCF), a well-funded, highly respected charity based in Midland, Ontario on the south shore of Georgian Bay.

What do we stand for?

Our dedicated team of eight experienced, knowledgeable passionate volunteers will continue to work, as it has for many years under other charities, to protect and enhance the environment of Georgian Bay as part of the Great Lakes’ ecology.

Our Successes

It was our team’s investigation of the St. Clair River that inspired the 2004 Baird Report. It led to the inclusion of the St. Clair River in the International Upper Great Lakes Study.

Current Priorities

We will continue and endeavour to expand our visits to Ottawa and Washington, D.C., in order to ensure that key elected officials and government agencies receive accurate, up-to-date information on Great Lakes issues, particularly those impacting Lakes Michigan-Huron and Georgian Bay.

We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It

Although almost all of our work is undertaken by volunteers, the Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation has major expenses for our scientific research and education program around all the Great Lakes and minor expenses for admnistration and for travel to meetings with key officials and shoreline property owners’ groups.

When you give, almost 100% goes to support our cause!

Our administration expenses are very low – a very modest amount to the Huronia Community Foundation, and a similarly modest amount for the work of our professional communications expert and our website.

We are deeply grateful for your past generosity and support for our work and urge you to help us bring these endeavours to a successful conclusion.

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We held a Science Sumposium in November 2019 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Here are the videos:

Video 1 of 5

McMaster U’s Prof Pat Chow-Fraser;
her assessment of Eastern Georgian Bay wetlands and impacts of extreme water levels.

Video 2 of 5

McMaster U’s Prof Pat Chow-Fraser;
reports on assessment of threat to Georgian Bay wetlands of the invasive Grass Carp

Video 3 of 5

GBGLF Chair Mary Muter;
pressure by GBGLF to get an eradication program started for Grass Carp AND outline of concerns re the extreme high water levels now predicted by March 2020

Video 4 of 5

Rob Nairn, Principal at W.F. Baird and Associates, author of Baird Reports I and II on historic and future lake levels

Video 5 of 5

GBGLF Vice Chair Roy Schatz
on GBGLF needed funds for research

Our Top Priorities

Water Levels

We have engaged W.F. Baird & Associates to begin a study to model water levels on Lakes Michigan-Huron in the light of historical water level cycles and the change in conveyance capacity of the St. Clair River.

Education on Carp Threat

We will continue to participate in national and international meetings on the threat of entry into the Great Lakes of destructive invasive species of Carp.

Wetlands

Support wetlands researchers from Environment Canada, and support research of Prof. Pat Chow-Fraser of McMaster University on wetlands, fish productivity, water quality, and the survival of threatened species such as Blandings Turtles. 

Education of Elected Officials & Government Agencies

We will continue and endeavour to expand our visits to Ottawa and Washington, D.C., in order to ensure that key elected officials and government agencies receive accurate, up-to-date information on Great Lakes issues, particularly those impacting Lakes Michigan-Huron and Georgian Bay.

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Spring 2020 Newsletter

These are indeed unprecedented and challenging times. Our entire news media are focused almost exclusively on the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope everyone is well and following all the rules. While all this is going on, water levels on the Bay remain at “extreme crisis” high levels – a condition where the IJC recommended in 1993 that the two federal governments should have already deployed measures to mitigate the damage.  Worse than ignoring their own recommendations, the IJC’s International Lake Superior Control Board is releasing excess water off of Lake Superior, whose levels are nowhere as far above long-term average as those of Michigan/Huron/Georgian Bay. Our water level is now about 14 inches above that of this time last year, but Superior’s is at the same level as this time last...

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead