State of the Bay Report Now Available!
The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and its partner organizations are proud to announce the launch of the State of the Bay ecosystem health report card!
Following the model of watershed report cards, the State of the Bay report presents information about key ecosystem health indicators along Georgian Bay. Key indicators were selected in the areas of water quality, wetlands, fisheries, and landscape in order to provide a science-based snapshot of conditions from Honey Harbour to Killarney-McGregor Bay. The State of the Bay project aims to summarize existing scientific reports about the Great Lakes, Lake Huron, and Georgian Bay, and bring it down to smaller regions of the Bay, so readers can learn about environmental conditions and trends in their own backyards.
Project partners include the Georgian Bay Association, Georgian Bay Forever, the Georgian Bay Land Trust, the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council, and the Muskoka Watershed Council. Special thanks goes to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, support from Georgian Bay Forever’s RBC Bluewater grant, and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Great Lakes Guardian fund for project support, and to the many businesses, municipalities, and organizations who have become sponsors of the report.
From the Parry Sound Beacon Star newspaper:
- Using Phosphorus to Measure Water Quality, April 19, 2013
- Refuge for Many Species at Risk, April 26, 2013
- What Fish Can Tell Us About the Health of the Bay, May 3, 2013