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.
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
After decades of overfishing, Great Lakes fisheries are still in decline. More recent declines have been linked to significant changes in the food web that rob the food supply for species such as lake trout. Sustained low water levels have prevented some species from accessing into streams and rivers for spawning.
Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation work delivers sound scientific research and solutions supporting water levels, wetlands, the fishery, and aquatic invasive species control.
Through our affiliation with the federally registered charity Huronia Community Foundation (HCF), and supporters’ donations to HCF designated for Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation, we engage highly respected scientists to undertake relevant research.
Using the findings, we then work effectively with concerned groups, individuals, and government agencies in order to restore, maintain and, where possible, enhance the quality of the environment (ecological, social and economic) of Georgian Bay as an integral part of the Great Lakes.