Great Lakes Protection Act

by msmith39 on October 30, 2015 - 10:43pm

 This October 7, the latest iteration of the Great Lakes Protection Act, Bill 66 was passed. It employs the Great Lakes Strategy, which was created by Great Lakes experts, First Nation, Metis and stakeholders. It is meant to protect the ecological health, and involve locals in restoration initiatives, as well as establishing monitoring and reporting programs to the Great Lakes Guardians Councils. The council will be setting goals on the basis of the outcomes of these monitoring results and reports. Much of the restoration and protection work will most likely be done by the municipalities and other local authorities.

This approach of management can be seen as adaptive management. This is because the Great Lakes Strategy will be undertaken before December 17,2018, and reviewed every six years after that. The six-year reviews must also include the cumulative stresses and impacts, and the article clearly states it will include an adaptive management approach. Adaptive Management in this context includes flexibility within the strategies and from the people within the council, that they recognize they do not know all of the effects and outcomes currently involved, the review allows for a learning opportunity and for action to be taken and that they are using management as a treatment for the lakes to be sustainable and ecologically healthy.

 Learning opportunities that they expect and hope to be able to better manage after further review include impacts of wind turbines (as they were not banned with this act), if power should be delegated to the Minister to select the members of the Guardian’s council, and where the funding will come from.

I would consider this an example of active adaptive management, this is because they have multiple methods of reaching sustainability and plan to learn (at least every 6 years) the best methods. 




Firstly, I was attracted to read your blog post due to issue you decided to write about, Great Lakes, as I am also passionate about our water resources in Canada. I do like how the government was very proactive, such that Great lake experts, First Nations and Metis, put Bill 66 into affect this October to restore life and ecology in the Great lakes. The adaptive management put into monitoring this project is likely to be affective as you mentioned that the Great Lakes Strategy would be reviewed every six years reporting on sustainability and ecological health.

One criticism I would give would be to expand more on Bill 66 and the efforts that the Great Lakes Experts to revitalize the Great Lake. Overall, it was interesting blog post.

Clearly one of our most challenging and important cross boundary water management situations! I'm glad to hear that some principles of adaptive management are being incorporated.

Your chosen topic was a pleasure to read. It’s important to take note that our world’s most reliable and limited resource, such as water, cannot be tampered with. I cannot exaggerate enough to explain how important our resources, especially the resources we take for granted. What really caught my attention with your article is that I find it quite personal, seeing that the bill that was passed concerns the well-being of both the environment and my family. I did not know about such act being passed last month, which raises my curiosity and concerns for North America’s Great Lakes. I always found that water and the ecosystem tie well with each other, since if one of the two factors were to be corrupted (by damming, eutrophication) then it will most likely cause a domino effect. However, the bright side to this is that you were able to reveal that laws can prove to be effective in protecting the natural balance of our environment. Overall, your article contained good findings and was a pleasure to read.

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