Pollution Probe works to advance understanding of emerging issues facing Canada’s waterways and to develop effective, innovative solutions to water resource protection and management challenges.


The Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup

The Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup is a first-of-its-kind initiative, using innovative Seabin and LittaTrap™ technology to quickly capture and remove plastics and other litter at marinas from Lake Ontario to Lake Superior and everywhere in between. Through research, collaboration, outreach and education, the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup is working to identify sources of litter entering our waterways and how government, industry, and consumers can work together to reduce, reuse and recycle material waste.

Pharmaceuticals in the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are a unique resource that is vital to the economic, societal and environmental health of the region and North America. Over the last decade, pharmaceuticals have received increasing attention as emerging contaminants in the Great Lakes, with concerns related to impacts on aquatic ecosystems and human health.

Pollution Probe is focused on ways to mitigate the impact of pharmaceuticals in the Lakes, including identifying knowledge gaps and developing effective solutions to pressing challenges. 

The Great Lakes Plastics Forum

The Great Lakes Plastics Forum sought to address issues related to plastic waste and improper disposal of plastics in the Great Lakes Region, with a focus on Ontario and Canada. Hosted by Pollution Probe, the Council of the Great Lakes Region and the Clean Water Foundation, the forum convened over 50 leading Canadian subject-matter experts from government, industry, not-for-profit organizations and academia. The forum provided a platform for the exchange of ideas around how best to work together to develop innovative and practical solutions to issues related to plastic waste and to set the stage for more focused, cross-border dialogue related to a circular economy and materials marketplace in the binational Great Lakes Region.

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Watershed Management and Big Data

In partnership with the Council of the Great Lakes Region, Pollution Probe is working to improve watershed management through the use of innovative technology and data science. As watershed science and planning becomes more complex, a new approach to watershed management, underpinned by integrated and adaptive decision-making, is required to help Conservation Authorities, government regulators, policymakers and scientists, and municipalities understand and manage the health and long-term sustainability of watersheds and sub-watersheds throughout the Great Lakes basin.

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