Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is a Toronto-based environmental justice advocacy group founded in 2001, with Lake Ontario, the Great Lakes Basin, and allied waterways at heart. It is a licensed member of the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance,[1] and a registered Canadian charity.[2] It is led by President Mark Mattson, an environmental lawyer, and Vice President Krystyn Tully.[3][4][5]

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
TypeEnvironmental justice advocacy
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Official language
Mark Mattson
Key people
Krystyn Tully

Actions and initiativesEdit

In Summer of 2001 LOW triggered a $250 Million Federal Government remediation plan at Port Granby near Port Hope, Ontario. The dump, was established by Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited (and now managed by Cameco Corp.).[6] In 2005 LOW campaigned the City of Kingston, Ontario to disclose timely data about repeated sewage discharges into Lake Ontario.[7] In 2006 LOW produced "Heart of A Lake" concert tour to several cities in Ontario, Canada blending activism with art.[8] Starting in 2006 LOW started a campaign opposing the burning of tires by Lafarge operations in Bath, Ontario.[9] In 2007 LOW compelled the City of Toronto to disclose specific reasons why beaches are closed, and used the legal system to force the City to take responsibility.[3] Citing a "little-known provincial environmental guideline called F-5 that says municipalities must ensure that beaches are clean enough for swimming 95 per cent of the time." This builds on a 2006 LOW report "Investigating Municipal Beaches: Lessons from Bluffer's Park" which cited some beaches were closed to swimming 42 per cent of the time.[10]

In 2009, the organization launched Swim Drink Fish Music, an online music club which features rare and exclusive tracks by Canadian musicians.[11]

Notable supportersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Waterkeeper: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper: Contact Us". Waterkeeper Alliance. Archived from the original on July 13, 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  2. ^ "Canadian Registered Charities - Detail page". Canada Revenue Agency. Retrieved 2009-02-12.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b Keenan, Edward; Prittie, Jennifier (May 22, 2003). "Political pollution". Eye Weekly. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  4. ^ "From Chicago to Toronto, cities spilling waste into Great Lakes". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. June 26, 2004. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008.
  5. ^ "Ships sweep toxic trash into our lake – and feds just let it happen". Now Toronto. May 19, 2005. Archived from the original on April 19, 2007.
  6. ^ McCutcheon, Duff (October 1, 2007). "Mark Mattson, Lake Ontario Keeper". Canadian Yachting. Kerrwil Publications Limited, Oct 2002: 26, 27. ISSN 0384-0999. 347122521. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  7. ^ Kingston Whig-Standard (ON) - Final - 23 December 2005
  8. ^ "Gord Downie and Waterkeeper bring "Heart of A Lake" to Whitby, Port Hope, Kingston". Ottawa: Canada NewsWire. August 28, 2006. p. 1.
  9. ^ "Lafarge review rolls on". Ontario: Kingston Whig-Standard. September 12, 2007.
  10. ^ Medley, Mark. "Calling the City's Bluff: One advocate says Toronto needs to stop making excuses and start cleaning up our beaches". Eye Weekly. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22.
  11. ^ "Great Lake Swimmers Record 'Ballad of a Fisherman's Wife' for Swim Drink Fish Music Club"[permanent dead link]. Hour, August 25, 2010.
  12. ^ "Stars align in Banff". Calgary Sun. January 18, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ a b c d Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (September 25, 2007). "3 live shows raise awareness, cash for Lake Ontario Watershed: Chris Brown, Barenaked Ladies, Sarah Harmer perform this week". Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  14. ^ Edward Burtynsky. Edward Burtynsky uncut interview for Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.
  15. ^ "Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Edward Burtynsky Host the Second Annual Waterkeeper Gala on May 23". Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  16. ^ a b Dillon, Moya. "Sarah Harmer, Gord Downie And Others Team Up In Support Of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper". ChartAttack. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  17. ^ "The Law Foundation of Ontario expands support to public interest organizations". Ottawa: Canada NewsWire. June 6, 2007. p. 1.
  18. ^ The Law Foundation of Ontario Selects Six Public Interest Organizations for Innovative Articling Fellowships. Press Release. June 16, 2005.

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