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What's going on?
Georgian Bay's pristine water can only be safeguarded if it is protected from every threat—even the most individual and local. Defunct septic tanks are a threat to the Bay. They are not kept up to date and leak sewage into our environment and the Georgian Bay. This pollutes our water on an unwarranted level. The amount of phosphorous and contaminants polluting the Bay and waterways is substantial and something easily minimized.
What are we doing?
The Georgian Bay Preservation Alliance calls for all septic tanks to be up to standard. No pollution from these sources can be permitted. We will work to see that they are certified by new and competent resources every 5 years. The local municipalities should be held to standard and regulations should be created to protect our environment. The Georgian Bay Preservation Alliance will be on the ground in municipalities working to enact these changes. We will be advocating to the provincial government to see these changes through. You can read our comprehensive plan drafted here.
How can I help this campaign?
You can help this campaign by donating, sharing our efforts, and volunteering. Through your action—you are ensuring that we can help hold municipalities accountable and that regulations are made to prohibit and update faulty systems.
Thank you so much for supporting water preservation efforts of Georgian Bay.
What's going on?
The waterways are threatened by the dumping of blackwater and sewage into our Great Lakes and rivers. The presence of sewage endangers our pure water—the very water we enjoy and pride ourselves on. Our ecosystem is at risk by even the smallest amount—we need your help to stop sewage from entering the Georgian Bay.
In 2017 alone, municipalities in Ontario dumped sewage in the Georgian Bay Watershed for over 300 cumulative hours. During this time over 18 thousand tonnes of sewage were dumped into the waterways. To provide a sense of scale, Hamilton alone let over 747 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of sewage seep into the Harbour during 17 different events—some lasting up to 35 hours. This was also unreported to the public. We need your help to stop sewage outflow from entering the Georgian Bay.
Blackwater Dumping occurs when boaters dump their septics into the Georgian Bay. This leads to excessive and easily minimalized contamination of our Georgian Bay. Furthermore, there is no recorded evidence of fines for Blackwater Dumping in the past 20 years. We need your help to disincentivize Blackwater Dumping and promote avenues of proper septic disposal.
Septic tanks are inspected infrequently, sometimes every 12 years, and when the visual inspection occurs—it is not thorough enough. This leads to sewage seeping into the local ecosystem and into our great Georgian Bay. We need your help to get septic tanks certified more frequently and to ensure they are up to par.
Who are we?
This fundraiser is a registered non-profit effort to protect our watershed of Georgian Bay in our great province of Ontario. Georgian Bay was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2004 and is an environmentally significant site. The Georgian Bay Preservation Alliance is committed to keeping our waterways pristine for the benefit of future generations, Canadians, and upholding this designation.
What are we doing?
We are committed to stopping these outdated practices and halting the destruction of our environment. We are working to prohibit the action of dumping blackwater and sewage into our waterways. In order to do so, Ontario must update its policies and municipalities must update their aging and failing infrastructure. Furthermore, there needs to be stronger regulations so septic tanks are kept up to date and bilge dumping is regulated—so every act of sewage seeping into our environment is minimized.
We have been working with the province and municipalities so that incidents of sewage overflow are reported within 24 hours. We have been working to reduce the stress on our waterways, minimize damage wherever possible, and hold the system accountable. We are working closely with residents and the province to enact this change.
We call for an immediate stoppage of all sewage entering the Georgian Bay now and forever so we can protect our great frontier.
How can you help?
Please consider donating to our campaign—it will help us immensely in our efforts. If you would like to help in other ways, please share the fundraiser and volunteer. You can donate and share with the buttons above at the top of the page. Your help will ensure that we continue our best effort to support green initiatives in the Georgian Bay and Ontario and is greatly appreciated. With your time and help—we are one step closer to stopping these destructive processes and safeguarding our environment. You can donate and share a specific effort by clicking the campaigns below.
What efforts am I supporting?
- Stop Sewage Overflows in Ontario - advocating and ensuring the stoppage of sewage overflows and dumping into the Georgian Bay and Ontario waterways.
- Stop Blackwater Dumping in Georgian Bay - raise pollution fines for and stop blackwater dumping.
- Update our Septic Systems in Georgian Bay - get septic systems up to par and create a reliable inspection system for them.
Where's the money going?
The money donated to the Preserve Georgian Bay campaign will support the three initiatives above. If money is donated to a specific campaign, then it will be used only for that one. Money will be spent on advertising, advocacy, physical material, and labour. We will be providing updates on a consistent basis regarding our expenditures, efforts, and our progress.
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