Ontario Taking Steps to Improve the Health of Lake Simcoe
The Government of Ontario is investing $581,000 in four new projects to help find better ways to reduce the amount of contaminants, such as phosphorus, from entering Lake Simcoe. Local projects like these are key to restoring and protecting Lake Simcoe and its watershed.
The projects receiving funding include:
St. Lawrence River Institute: Nutrient Model for Lake Simcoe
This project will receive $77,894 over two years to create a web-based tool that uses satellite imagery to predict areas with higher amounts of phosphorus in the watershed. This model will inform and target best management practices to help reduce phosphorus loading into the lake.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority: Mapping Change in Natural Cover Types
This project will receive $93,879 over two years to use aerial photos to identify and track the changes to land use in the watershed over time, with a specific focus on changes in the watershed's impervious features (e.g., paved roads and parking lots). This information will enhance stormwater management planning and thereby help reduce phosphorus and other contaminants from entering the lake.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority: Promoting Inspection and Maintenance of Stormwater Assets
Ontario is providing $39,227 over two years that will provide training on the inspection and maintenance of stormwater facilities in the watershed. Stormwater facilities that are regularly inspected and properly maintained will prevent more phosphorus and other pollutants from entering the lake.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority: Water Quality/Phosphorus Monitoring and Research in Lake Simcoe Watershed
Ontario is providing $370,000 over three years to continue the ongoing monitoring of water quality in Lake Simcoe by measuring the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Simcoe. The research will investigate the relationship between phosphorus loads and dissolved oxygen. Deepwater dissolved oxygen is a key indicator of water quality for Lake Simcoe.