Water Quality

Water Quality Introduction

As one of the most beautiful bodies of water in Canada, one of the most complex freshwater ecosystems in the world, and an extremely high value recreational and tourism destination, the water quality of Georgian Bay takes on special urgency. Parts of Georgian Bay are already quite stressed, and this requires ongoing vigilance so that we are able to catch even small changes in water conditions and address them promptly. Read More...

Climate Change Impacts

Global warming, and the resulting climate change and extreme weather now appearing worldwide, is arguably the biggest and most challenging threat to the Great Lakes. Scientists agree that there will be ongoing negative impacts from climate change. The climate models show that most of the last century’s warmest years in the region all occurred in the last decade. With this warming trend comes a variety of other effects: warmer water and air temperatures, earlier springs and later falls, less rain and snowfall, more protracted drought-like conditions, flashier storms, longer ice-free periods, and more evaporation. Read More...

Research and Projects

The first microbial source tracking assessment of water quality in the Township of Georgian Bay. This DNA-based research is a novel diagnostic tool which helps us to identify the source of organisms found in the water, such as bacteria, and determine whether they are naturally occurring or the result of human interaction, such as failing septic systems or grey water discharge in boater bays. Read More...