In Canada and the United States, there is an increased focus on the health of the Great Lakes. Reducing phosphorus loads into the lakes is a priority, because phosphorus is a key trigger of harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie. The Thames River has been identified as a regional, provincial and national priority for the management of phosphorus loads into Lake Erie, and loading targets are being set for the Thames, as well as other key tributaries.
The agricultural sector is one of the keys to reducing phosphorus loadings. The TRCWR is analysing a survey of the conservation behaviours and attitudes of rural landowners to help us design programs and incentives to better meet their needs.
The more environmental information we have, the better we’re able to target our efforts where they’re needed. The TRWCR is developing a database for the Thames River that incorporates both water quality and water quantity information.