Canada and Ontario have extended their Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem for one year, to March 31, 2011. The Agreement, which was signed in 2007, establishes an action plan for restoring and protecting the Great Lakes, and defines federal and provincial responsibilities. Four specific priorities have been identified for the coming year:

  • Keeping invasive species out of Lake Superior
  • Addressing algal blooms along the southeast shoreline of Lake Huron
  • Addressing phosphorous releases into Lake Erie
  • Implementing a biodiversity conservation strategy for Lake Ontario

Further information is available on the Environmental Registry.