On June 26, 2014, CGLR & The Mowat Centre released ‘Low Water Blues,’ an economic assessment of future low water levels in the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway. This report looked at recent changes to water levels across the region and the risks and benefits of low water levels for key interests in the region. While in 2020, historically high water levels are now the concern, the relatively rapidly changing water levels from low to high is a clear indicator of the threat of climate change to the Great Lakes region.
The analysis traced the potential economic impact of future lower water levels on the region’s economy. It provided a plausible worst-case scenario of the direct impacts on major sectors that drive the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence economy.
The report was released in a joint event on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Toronto Region Board of Trade in Toronto.
Ted Gruetzner, Director, Provincial Relations, Ontario Power Generation
Mark Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Council of the Great Lakes Region
Matthew Mendelsohn, Director, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto; Board Chair, Council of the Great Lakes Region
David Sweetnam, Executive Director, Georgian Bay Forever
John Honderich, Chair of the Board, TorStar
Toby Heaps, CEO, Corporate Knights Inc.
Rod Jones, President and CEO, CSL Group (Canada Steamship Lines)
Gordon Walker, Commissioner and Acting Canadian Chair, International Joint Commission