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