Great Lakes

Southern thirst could leave Georgian Bay feeling dry

In order to protect the Great Lakes Basin, the Ontario government announced new legislation earlier this month that strengthens the ban on water diversions to the United States.

Diversions will drain Georgian Bay

(Toronto) Today, the McGuinty government introduced legislation that represents the first step in implementing commitments made under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Sustainable Water Resources Agreement -- a regional agreement between Ontario, Quebec and eight U.S. states that prohibits siphoning Great Lakes water to thirsty regions in the American south. Sierra Club of Canada supports passage of the legislation on the basis that preventing long-range diversions out of the Great Lakes basin is critical for the protection of the lakes and their dependent ecosystems.

A Step in the Right Direction for Great Lakes Protection

Partners in the release:
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Biodiversity Project
Canadian Environmental Law Association
Concerned Citizens of Newport
Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education
Environmental Advocates of New York
Erie County Environmental Coalition
Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund
Great Lakes United
Lake Erie Region Conservancy
Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Nature Quebec
Ohio Environmental Council
Pollution Probe
Save the River!
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

November 22, 2005 – Environmental groups from across Canada and the United states are calling two proposed water agreements between the eight Great Lakes states and two provinces an improvement over current law in protecting the Great Lakes from water diversions and misuse.... Read more »



(Ottawa) Today the Sierra Club of Canada released ‘A Citizen’s Primer to Protect the Great Lakes’. The goal of the primer is to assist the citizens of the Great Lakes Basin, in making their voices heard.

The agreements released by the Governors and Premiers of the Great Lakes Basin on June 30th are complicated, but the basic issue is simple: the waters of the Great Lakes Basin must be protected -- both in quality and quantity -- for future generations and all species that depend upon the Great Lakes. ... Read more »


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