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What's New
New stream created to help stop pollution of creek
Northumbeland Today (2/4)
Pent up water from the headwaters of Brookside Creek burst through a wooden and sand blockade to fill a newly-created stream south west of Grafton, Ont. It's part of a project to stop pollution of the creek near the closed Eagleson landfill site.

Erie County’s microbead ban was far ahead of its time – maybe too far
The Buffalo News (2/3)
In N.Y., the Erie County Legislature was ahead of the game last summer when it passed one of the most stringent laws in the country banning microbeads, which are seen as polluting rivers and lakes. Perhaps a little too far ahead.

COMMENTARY: A precautionary tale
The London Free Press (1/29)
The newly minted federal environment minister, Catherine McKenna, has a March 1 deadline to decide on a proposal to construct a permanent repository for nuclear waste beneath the Bruce Nuclear site, in Ont., little more than a kilometre from Lake Huron.

Scientist calls $12.8B rebuild of Ontario nuclear plant ill-advised
The Canadian Press (1/27)
The proposed $12.8-billion refurbishment of four nuclear reactors at the Darlington generating station, in Ont., is an ill-advised make-work project that will end up soaking taxpayers, a retired nuclear scientist says.

Pressure mounts on federal Liberals to reject nuclear waste plan
The London Free Press (1/25)
Canada will suffer massive political fallout if the federal Liberals approve a nuclear waste vault near Kincardine, Ont., one of dozens of mayors opposing the plan says.

Niagara Falls could turn into temporary trickle
WNBC-TV - New York, NY (1/25)
New York officials are considering temporarily turning Niagara Falls into a trickle. State officials are holding a public hearing to discuss plans for replacing 115-year-old bridges linking the mainland to islands near the brink of Niagara Falls.

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Overview
Lake Ontario is similar to Lake Erie in length and breadth (193 miles by 53 miles). Yet with its greater average depth (approximately 283 feet), Lake Ontario holds almost four times the volume (395 cubic miles) and has a retention time of about 6 years. The drainage basin covers parts of Ontario and New York, and a small portion of Pennsylvania. Major urban industrial centers, such as Hamilton and Toronto, are located on its shore. The U.S. shore is less urbanized and is not intensively farmed.

References: Great Lakes Atlas, Environment Canada and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1995

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General Resources
Bathymetry Map
Ohio State University and NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
The Great Lakes Forecasting System provides physical data about the lake, including this bathymetry map.

Bathymetry of Lake Ontario
U.S. National Geophysical Data Center
As part of NOAA's Great Lakes Data Rescue Project, this ite features images of lake depth and lakefloor topography. (Now available: Full color poster.)

Fish of Lake Ontario
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Color illustrations or photographs, size, coloring and other information about many Lake Ontario fish species.

Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis
NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
A map using NOAA satellite data to show recent water temperatures of the Great Lakes.

Historical Data - Lake Ontario
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District
The Army Corps provides current and historic data on the Great Lakes, including yearly water levels from 1918, monthly storm probability, outflows and precipitation.

Lake Ontario Nowcast Map Products
Ohio State University and NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
The Great Lakes Forecasting System provides maps depicting near real time conditions for several variables.

Let's Go Sailing: Ontario
Canada's Aquatic Environments
Physical attributes, watershed facts and more. See also: Lakes Library.

Silver Waters of Lake Ontario
Their goal is to raise awareness of, and appreciation for, Lake Ontario through writing, sailing instruction, nature study, and other means.

Surface Water Temperature
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Color illustrations or photographs, size, coloring and other information about many Lake Ontario fish species.

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Programs
Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
The Authority's mandate is to establish and undertake programs to promote the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in partnership with local Municipalities and the Province.

Great Lakes Research Consortium
The Great Lakes Research Consortium consists of 16 colleges and universities in New York State and nine affiliated schools in Ontario. GLRC programs help to promote collaborative research on the Great Lakes.

Lakewide Management Plan for Lake Ontario
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
The Lake Ontario LaMP will serve as a plan of action to restore and protect Lake Ontario. It will provide a way to better coordinate the work of the agencies involved and others working to improve the Lake Ontario ecosystem.

New York Sea Grant
Focuses the talents of university scientists and extension specialists on research in the areas of fisheries, coastal environmental quality and processes, invasive species, non-point source pollution and seafood safety.

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Research
Fisheries Research in Lake Ontario
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center
Including distribution, abundance and biology of fish populations.

Lake Ontario Biocomplexity Project
This National Science Foundation-sponsored initiative focuses on the physical, biological, and human interactions shaping the ecosystems of freshwater bays and lagoons.

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Tourism
The Great Lakes Circle Tour
Ride along on the 6,500-mile Great Lakes Circle Tour: a scenic, international road system connecting the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River! For new visitors to the region, this online travel guide offers informational maps, road routes and estimated mileages, and links to major cities, camping and recreation areas, and natural attractions.

Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
Waterfront Regeneration Trust
Stretching 218 miles (350 km) along the shore of Lake Ontario, the Waterfront Trail integrates ecological health, economic vitality and a sense of community.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Lake Ontario Facts and Figures
GLIN: Lake Ontario Current Conditions

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