GBF 2020 - Summer

Georgian Bay Forever is a community response to the growing need for major research and education to sustain the Georgian Bay aquatic ecosystem and the quality of life its communities and visitors enjoy. We help monitor the Bay’s well being, throughout the seasons, year after year. We fund the research needed to protect the environmental health of Georgian Bay and the surrounding bodies of water. Using our research findings, we inform and educate the general public and governments about threats to environmental health and propose possible solutions. Through workshops, seminars and online, we are educating the Georgian Bay community. By teaming up with reputable institutions, we enhance the credibility of our research and strengthen our ability to protect what’s at stake. Georgian Bay Forever is a registered Canadian charity (#89531 1066 RR0001). We work with the Great Lakes Basin Conservancy in the United States, as well as other stakeholder groups all around the Great Lakes. Deeply rooted and broadly drawn, Georgian Bay Forever is steered by lifelong devotees of the Bay. We are committed advocates, educators, environmentalists, realists, idealists, and of course, residents. DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR David Sweetnam OUR CONTACT DETAILS Georgian Bay Forever PO Box 75347, Leslie St., Toronto, ON M4M 1B3 tel: 905-880-4945 You can reach David Sweetnam, our Executive Director, at o r at 905-880-4945, ext 1. Canadian citizens may send their donations to the address above. U.S. citizens wishing to make a donation to support our work can do so by giving to: Great Lakes Basin Conservancy PO Box 504, Gates Mills, OH 44040-0504, USA This newsletter is just a snapshot of our work. For the most up-to-date information on our projects, longer versions of newsletter articles and breaking news about Georgian Bay, please become a regular visitor to our website and Facebook page. GBF.ORG Design by Key Gordon ( Editor: Heather Sargeant Cover Photo: Kristina J. Loevenmark Follow us on Derek Bowen Helen Bryce Janet Burt Adam Chamberlain, Chair Terry Clark Paul Emond Jennifer Ferguson Doug Heintzman Neil Hutchinson Anne Randell Laren Stadelman Joe Tucker CELEBRATING 25 YEARS By: Amber Gordon with contributions by Lynn Wood, Key Gordon, and Heather Sargeant 2020marks the 25 th Anniversary of the formation of Georgian Bay Forever as the only water pro- tection charity solely dedicated to protecting and securing the health of our beloved Georgian Bay. Twenty-five years young! Thanks to you. We know how you feel about the Bay: we feel that way too. Since 1995, we have been your environmental ally in Georgian Bay using science, research, outreach, and community collaboration to protect the most crucial part of the Georgian Bay ecosystem: the water. These precious waters are at a turning point. Georgian Bay’s waters are in imminent danger. And it’s not just humans who have something to lose— it’s every creature that calls the Bay home. Here’s what we’ve been up against and, continue to battle, every single day: 1. Toxic chemicals, plastics, and raw sewage overflows polluting the water. 2. Climate change threatening our coastal wetlands and valuable aquatic habitats. 3. Invasive species devastating native fish, flora and fauna. 4. A severe shortage of scientific data on what helps or hurts the Bay, which is desperately needed to inform sustainable policy decisions before it is too late. Our work holds Georgian Bay together. Georgian Bay Forever—your small, powerful and super-effective champion and protector of the Bay’s water, has accomplished so much in the last 25 years! Our achievements are solely attributed to you. Because you have believed in the cause and our ability to deliver on long-term objec- tives, we have continued to successfully deliver huge impacts by: • Using technology to monitor the health of the Bay’s water and ecosystems. • Funding crucial research so decision-makers have the facts. • Forming strategic partnerships with experts and communities, so our efforts are strong and united. • Educating the public and governments about emerging threats and solutions. • Thanks to your support financially, we deeply understand Georgian Bay’s waters enabling us to quickly identify threats, and mobilize resources around modern, evidence-based solutions to protect the water you love so profoundly. (CONTINUE READING ON PAGE 15) 2 | SUMMER 2020 | GBF.ORG CELEBRATING 25 YEARS