Reducing phosphorus levels in the lake is a critical component to restoring the health of the lake - too much phosphorus leads to excessive plant growth and decreased oxygen, negatively impacting the cold-water fish community.
Protecting Lake Simcoe is part of the new Ontario government's plan to protect and restore the Great Lakes, its watersheds and tributaries, helping create strong local economies and a healthy environment.
"We are seeing encouraging signs in Lake Simcoe that the efforts being made by the public, scientists, municipalities and our partners are beginning to pay off. I am particularly heartened to see more native fish being caught as we ramp down on phosphorus pollution."
"Local businesses and communities depend on the well-being of Lake Simcoe. It is encouraging to see that the science is telling us progress is being made and that the number of naturally reproducing coldwater fish in the lake is on the rise."