THE PROBLEM

The Great Lakes hold over 20 per cent of the world’s surface freshwater, provide drinking water for millions of people, support billion-dollar economies, and are the foundation of the region’s ecosystem. And they are facing a multitude of threats—including toxic algae blooms, climate change, and plastic pollution—that are putting them at risk.

The Solution

To protect human health, the environment, and the economy, we have to keep our waters clean and safe. That means governments need to take action and businesses need to change their practices in order to safeguard the Great Lakes and other waterways.

Protect the Great Lakes: Shut down the Line 5 pipeline

Protect the Great Lakes: Shut down the Line 5 pipeline

One of the largest threats to the Great Lakes is the Line 5 pipeline. Line 5 is operating 20 years beyond its designed lifespan of 50 years and is in a state of ill repair. This ecological disaster in the making crosses through the heart of the Great Lakes basin.

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Stopping Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

Stopping Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

Every summer, Lake Erie gets covered by harmful—and sometimes toxic—algae blooms that make the water unsafe for people and wildlife. We’re working to stop the blooms before they start, and to keep Lake Erie Alive.

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Making Ontario #LessSalty —Protecting our Freshwater from Road Salt

Making Ontario #LessSalty —Protecting our Freshwater from Road Salt

We’re using way too much salt on our parking lots and sidewalks during the winter months. And it’s harming our freshwater ecosystems. We’re working with partner organizations, government, and industry to cut back on the salt.

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