Sea Lamprey

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative. Read More

Less Lawn, More Native Landscaping

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative. Read More

World Water Day

The United Nations designated March 22 as World Water Day more than 25 years ago. The theme of this year is Leaving No One Behind."On this day, we must appreciate the value of safe freshwater, and understand that over 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home. Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need." 1This day is really about recognizing the global issues around safe water. Please visit the UN World Water Day site to learn more.Free from contamination In Canada and the United States, our access to safe drinking water is much better than in many parts of the world, and yet there are still many that do not have access to potable water at home and many risks our freshwater supply.The Great Lakes provide drinking water to 40 million people and did you know that the Great Lakes are 1/5 of the world's freshwater supply? With this abundance of freshwater on our doorstep, we have an awesome responsibility to take care of this amazing watershed system. And we need to acknowledge where our society's actions are damaging, and work together to find solutions.One source of contamination that Georgian Bay Forever is working to mitigate is plastics that researchers are finding in our lakes, in the creatures that live in them, and in our tap water and in our dinner plates.Our Divert and Capture project aims to mitigate the amount of microplastics getting into Georgian Bay through education, through shoreline clean-ups, and through a washing machine filter study in Parry Sound. We think the results of this 2-year study could have far-reaching effects in mitigating microplastic pollution beyond the Great LakesLean more about our "Divert and Capture" project here.The fight’s not overMake a donation!A donation to Georgian Bay Forever, is so appreciated and will go toward the extension of efforts on projects like Divert and Capture,Phragmites eradication, protecting biodiversity through science, and so much more for the water of Georgian Bay.GBF wants to thank..This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change. Ce projet a été realisé avec l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada agissant par l’entremise du ministère fédéral de l’Environnement et du Changement climatique.Further funding and assistance for Divert and Capture: The fight to keep microplastics out of our water, was provided by the RBC Foundation, Patagonia, the Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation, and our many passionate donors.GBF wishes to acknowledge the support of these partners: The Rochman Laboratory at the University of Toronto, the Town of Parry Sound, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and our many community volunteers!References/More information 1 http://www.worldwaterday.org/ 2http://www.un.org/en/events/waterday/

Salty Roads, Salty Rivers

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative.Salty roads, salty rivers… on this CurrentCast.. Read More

Your water footprint and the food you eat

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative.Shrinking your water “footprint”… on this CurrentCast. Read More

Elliptio complanata – a familiar mollusc

Georgian Bay Forever is working with Dr. Kevin McCann of the University of Guelph, and the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding to catalogue all the aquatic organisms in Georgian Bay. This will help with measuring the impact of environmental stressors like climate change and human activity such as shoreline development as well as aiding in future conservation efforts, ecosystem monitoring, forensics, and tracking invasives. All the specimens collected and identified will also contribute to the International Barcode of Life , a multi-nation effort to catalogue the world's biodiversity. Here is one example from Georgian Bay's Aquatic Species Library. Read More

Esox lucius, Northern Pike

Georgian Bay Forever is working with Dr. Kevin McCann of the University of Guelph, and the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding to catalogue all the aquatic organisms in Georgian Bay. This will help with measuring the impact of environmental stressors like climate change and human activity such as shoreline development as well as aiding in future conservation efforts, ecosystem monitoring, forensics, and tracking invasives. All the specimens collected and identified will also contribute to the International Barcode of Life , a multi-nation effort to catalogue the world's biodiversity. Here is one example from Georgian Bay's Aquatic Species Library. Read More

Baiaeschna janata, Dragonfly – Springtime Darner

Georgian Bay Forever is working with Dr. Kevin McCann of the University of Guelph, and the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding to catalogue all the aquatic organisms in Georgian Bay. This will help with measuring the impact of environmental stressors like climate change and human activity such as shoreline development as well as aiding in future conservation efforts, ecosystem monitoring, forensics, and tracking invasives. All the specimens collected and identified will also contribute to the International Barcode of Life , a multi-nation effort to catalogue the world's biodiversity. Here is one example from Georgian Bay's Aquatic Species Library. Read More