Lake of the Woods listed as a priority for Ontario PCs
Ontario’s environment action plan has been met with criticism, but Lake of the Woods receives special mention in the report.
Minister of Environment Rod Phillips unveiled the plan Thursday, Nov 29 at a press conference at the Cold Creek Conservation Area north of Toronto. Entitled “Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-inOntario Environment Plan” the plan gives exclusive mention to Lake of the Woods alongside Lake Simcoe and the Great Lakes under “Protecting our air lakes, rivers” section.
It reads under the clean water “actions” section, “Protect the quality of the Lake of the Woods by continuing to work with partners on reducing phosphorus that, in excessive quantities, can cause toxic bluegreen algae.”
The action outlines no specifics and at a recent press conference Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford was not able to comment on what the new environment plan means for Lake of the Woods, yet.
“There will be more details with the environmental plan as we roll it out,” he said. “We’ve just announced it, we’ll be looking at implementation, but as I said before the minister of environment and I are focused on striking that right balance.”
Back in October Phillips visited Kenora with Rickford and met with Todd Sellers, the executive director of the Lake of the Woods Sustainability Foundation as well as other partners involved with the lake.
Sellers is thrilled the government of Ontario is treating Lake of the Woods with such high priority.
“We now have a clear statement that Lake of the Woods is a provincial priority,” Sellers said. “I think that’s a huge step forward. It’s really good to have Lake of the Woods back on the map.”
For now it is a wait and see game and Sellers said he is looking forward to fleshing out the details on what this environment plan means for Lake of the Woods.