Blog post by April Weppler, Engagement Coordinator, Healthy Great Lakes
CELA is pleased to announce that the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has renewed its support for our Healthy Great Lakes program. In these uncertain times, we are especially grateful for the Mott Foundation’s support of our efforts to protect freshwater health in the Great Lakes – St Lawrence River Basin.
The Healthy Great Lakes program was officially launched in December of 2016, and has grown in scope and reach over the last four years thanks to the ongoing support of the Mott Foundation. The program was created to enhance the capacity of organizations working to influence freshwater policy in Ontario and has worked to engage a broad network of individuals and organizations in understanding, shaping, effectively implementing, and making use of policies that promote freshwater health.
CELA has been able to enhance the implementation of freshwater policy in the Great Lakes – St Lawrence River Basin by bringing additional resources to support organizations and individuals with an interest in water, in order to improve their understanding of the evolving policy framework and opportunities for public participation.
In the last year alone, we were able to respond to 14 government consultations that proposed to roll back environmental protections in Ontario, initiated nine proactive policy submissions to improve water protections, and hosted more than a dozen webinars that reached over 1,600 water supporters.
Looking forward, we are excited to continue to cultivate a diverse Great Lakes community and seek robust, well-implemented public policy by: monitoring and responding to government proposals, and growing public engagement through our drinking water, toxics and integrated watershed management priorities.
Your voice is a valuable part of the conversation! To stay engaged on freshwater and Great Lakes – St Lawrence River Basin issues, including being the first to know about webinars, resources and comment opportunities, please email April Weppler.