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An Examination of Present Day Conditions and Dynamics of Lake Ontario's Shoreline

May 17, 2010

(TORONTO - MAY 17, 2010) -  The third in a series of talks addressing Lake Ontario issues and initiatives focuses on the shoreline zone - the area where the land and the lake, and the point where our human actions have the greatest impact.  Much work is underway by researchers on both sides of Lake Ontario to get a better understanding of exactly what these impacts might be.  On Tuesday, May 18th, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment and the City of Toronto presents Lake Ontario Evenings - Shoreline Edition where attendees will hear research findings which are being presented at the International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) conference taking place in Toronto.  The keynote presentation from Dr. Todd Howell, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Dr. Joseph Makarewicz, State University of New York will look at the 2008 cooperative monitoring study of the nearshore of Lake Ontario, discuss key features of water quality dynamics of the nearshore and illustrate some of the in-progress results of that year's work.  This presentation will provide a lay-person's version of the scientific presentation made to researchers during the IAGLR conference.

"The Great Lakes shorelines, in particular that of Lake Ontario, are important ecological zones and have seen dramatic change in the past two decades," said Gary Bowen, Watershed Specialist, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. "Research on these important areas provides us with information about the water quality dynamic of our shoreline.  This shoreline and associated nearshore area is particularly important as it provides our communities with a source of drinking water for over 6,000,000 people, social and recreational uses including tourism, fishing and swimming and habitat for aquatic and wildlife species.

"Collaborative work of the type conducted by Drs. Howell and Makarewitz advance not only our scientific knowledge, but also better equips us to engage the public on these issues and to advance our science-based decision making capabilities with respect to Great Lakes policies."  adds Frank Lichtkoppler, Extension Specialist, OSU Extension & Ohio Sea Grant and a spokesperson for the IAGLR conference.

Dr. Todd Howell is a research scientist with the Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and has worked on the Ministry's Nearshore Great Lakes monitoring program since 1991. Recently he participated in an initiative between scientists on the US side of the Lake Ontario and in Ontario for the cooperative monitoring of the coastal zone of Lake Ontario in 2008. Dr. Joseph Makarewicz is a professor at The State University of New York at Brockport, NY. His research has focused on the Great Lakes of North America and he is the author of more than 150 scientific manuscripts, book chapters and reports.  Together these speakers explore monitoring and research topics addressing the environmental conditions of Lake Ontario's nearshore. 

WHAT: Lake Ontario Evenings- Shoreline Edition

WHEN: May 18, 2010. Doors Open at 6 pm. Presentations begin at 6:30

WHERE: Hart House, Toronto (Music Room) 7 Hart House Circle (Queen's Park and Wellesley)

From Museum Station head south to Queen's Park Circle. Follow the pathway leading to the right into the campus which leads to Hart House

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For media registration contact:

Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation                

T: 416.661.6600 ext 5632; C: 416-358-3446 E:                             


For information about the IAGLR conference :

Kim Luke, International Association of Great Lakes Research

 T: 416.978.4352 C: 416-522-0875 E :


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