GBF 2020 - Fall

UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR By David Sweetnam, Executive Director of Georgian Bay Forever ITWAS A DIFFERENT SUMMER By Adam Chamberlain, Chair of Georgian Bay Forever Whether this was a summer to remember or one to forget is probably a matter of your point of view. Some of us spent extra time on the Bay due to COVID, many others could not get there at all. Then there were the record high water levels… While we have family and friends on the Bay who live in the U.S., I didn’t realize howmany of our cottage neighbours live south of the border— until now. Driving by Tomahawk Island (north of Honey Harbour) in early July, I think all the cottages were still boarded up from the winter. I have always understood that the Tomahawk Club was a U.S. based group, the extent of its U.S. basedmembership was made plain by the border closure this year. When things will return to a more normal state of affairs is unknown. Hopefully they will be resolved to a degree that allows our U.S. neighbours to join us again in 2021. It will also be good to see other aspects of Georgian Bay summer life return. Regattas, cribbage tourna- ments, cottage association events, community get-togethers in addition to other group activi- ties were sorely missed this year. We all look forward to a world where Zoom or Facetime are merely optional ways of attending, not the only way. In the meantime, we look forward to continuing to interact with you in any way we can. Please watch for our “virtual” events this fall and through the winter. Please keep in mind that like other organizations, we are especially challenged this year to continue funding important projects for water protection. Your donation support is so deeply appreciated to keep protecting Georgian Bay for those future summers we are now looking forward to. Just a very brief update to keep you aware of great progress during this unusual time: • The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, G eorgie M cBay F ace, is on a mission in September for Environment Canada (see page 10). • Our Phragbusting is going strong. Reporting is underway! Lots of areas have been eradi- cated and will revert to monitoring now and we have treated many areas we never got to in past years. Truxors were deployed in September in Tay Township. • Microplastics (Divert & Capture) is rolling along as planned. Samples have been collected again and the U of T competed another Waste Water Treatment Plant sampling. We completed 16 shoreline clean- ups, and worked on measures to reduce litter from dock foam (see pages 4 and 5). Great work everyone during COVID physical distancing times! • Seabins are being installed in Collingwood. We have educational signage going in too. We have joined the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup project (Council of the Great Lakes Region, Pollution Probe, Ports Toronto, Boating Ontario, U of T Trash Team) and will add our other locations to this project. Beacon and Desmasdon’s marinas have joined us also. • The GBA/GBF October Water Levels symposium, Driving consensus on what to do about water levels in Georgian Bay is proving popular. Register to join us at • We thank out-going directors Derek Bowen, Jennifer Ferguson, and Laren Stadelman for their outstanding volunteer efforts in guiding Georgian Bay Forever. Their efforts have greatly contributed to 25 years of protecting the Bay. Just a small update, but important because these extraordinary efforts are underfunded for next year. Please know that your donations will make a critical difference. GBF’s 25 years inspires this memory “Some of my favorite memories of Georgian Bay have been on the water… fishing and fish frys with family and friends. When I was younger we would spend a lot of time in the boat while we listened to our grandmother and father on what it was like cottaging in Bayfield Inlet in the early years…by train to Pointe au Baril, then canoe, then later by car…as we made our way to their favorite fishing spots that the guides had shown them back in the 1950’s… full of bass and pickerel. Now we are passing down the same traditions and stories to our children and grandchil- dren as we fish those same spots…plus a couple new hot ones!” Thank you John Carrick and Family , McAsphalt Industries for sharing your memories and supporting Georgian Bay Forever. Collingwood from the water. “Congratulations to Georgian Bay Forever on 25 years of ensuring that Georgian Bay stays healthy. We are excited to collaborate with Georgian Bay Forever on an innovative plastics diversion project in the Collingwood Habour.” Thank you Town of Collingwood. GBF has worked with the Town on Phragmites eradication, and is currently working on plastic “Divert and Capture” mitigation strategies, including installing Seabins, a type of vacuum for surface water litter, and collecting data on the litter’s type and source. GBF.ORG | FALL 2020 | 3 MESSAGES FROM THE CHAIR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR