The Lake Simcoe Protection Act, which was passed in December 2008, provides a legislative framework for protecting the Lake Simcoe watershed. The Act includes:
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Here are the plans, strategies, and projects supporting the act that are already in place:
Ontario released the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan in June 2009. The Plan was developed with the help of scientists who specialize in watershed protection.
The plan is a model for watershed protection and is directing efforts to restore the health of Lake Simcoe. It focuses on the most critical issues, including:
Ontario's strategy to reduce phosphorus levels in Lake Simcoe will help ensure the long-term protection of the lake, watershed and ecosystem. It is based on a vision of shared responsibility and the continued reduction of phosphorus loadings to the lake over time – a long term, phased approach.
This strategy puts in place aggressive targets to reduce the high phosphorus levels in the lake by almost 40 per cent. Reducing phosphorus from 72 to 44 tonnes per year will improve water quality and protect the coldwater fish community.