Dam­aged bay

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - OPINION -

The On­tario Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources has des­ig­nated Hoople Bay as a fish sanc­tu­ary and an en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive area.

It is where many species of fish go to spawn in­clud­ing wall­eye, perch, garpike, pike, musky, crap­pie and cat­fish. It is also home to many species of frogs, tur­tles and other aquatic an­i­mals, not to men­tion the many species of birds along its shores.

The In­ter­na­tional St. Lawrence River Board of Con­trol is now the In­ter­na­tional Lake On­tario - St. Lawrence River Board. The board has made a de­ci­sion to have the out­flows of Lake St. Lawrence ex­ceed the in­flows, re­sult­ing in sig­nif­i­cant low­er­ing of the water lev­els, thereby drain­ing Hoople Bay (and many other ar­eas), de­stroy­ing the ecosys­tem and fish habi­tat.

Hoople Bay is now a fish sanc­tu­ary on dry land – it has been de­stroyed and grass and weeds grow on top of the fish spawn­ing beds.

I wish to chal­lenge all com­mu­nity lead­ers and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists to take the Lake On­tario – St. Lawrence River Board to task on its de­ci­sion and get this sit­u­a­tion rec­ti­fied.

We need min­i­mum stan­dards for Lake St. Lawrence and we need them to pay for the re­build of Hoople Bay.

John Sliter Ingleside

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