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What YOU can do to help

shorelineBecome a Great Lakes Guardian!

Take action today and help protect one of Ontario's most valuable natural resources. Conserve water, reduce your water footprint, participate in shoreline cleanups and restorations, and get out and appreciate our Great Lakes!


faucetMost of our water comes from the Great Lakes. For tips on how to conserve water and reduce your water footprint, we suggest visiting the following resource pages:

Reduce Your Impact

Do you want to find out what your water footprint is? Download the "Waterprint" app here.

Tips for reducing your water footprint:

  • AVOID over-using road salt and fertilizers, and choose soaps, cleaners and detergents that are non-toxic, phosphate-free and biodegradable, especially if you're using them outside. Always remember that what you use on your lawn and in your home could end up in the Great Lakes.

  • "ONLY RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN!"  Storm drains often lead directly into a nearby stream, or directly into the Lake. In most cities, storm drains do not connect to the sewage treatment plant. Anything that runs off your lawn, driveway, sidewalk and road goes directly (untreated) into the local water body. Never pour paint, oil, grease, unused pesticides or other household chemicals into the storm drain. These products should be taken for proper disposal to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Halton Waste Management Site (RR 25), or dropped off during a special collection day in the city, typically in late May. Businesses should contact their waste management contractor, or a local hazardous waste disposal service.

  • NEVER release pet fish, turtles, restricted bait fish or other live animals into the natural environment. Many of our aquatic pets are non-native species and releasing them into the natural world can have dire consequences to the local ecosystem. Invasive species are organisms that grow and spread quickly due to their ability to adapt; they can out-compete many native species. As well, they can infect other native species with pathogens and disease. Click here for a great article with more information.

  • LEARN more about how to identify INVASIVE SPECIES along lake shorelines. If you see them, call the invasive species hotline at 1-800-563-7711. Click here for more information.

 Keep Them beautiful

CUGU logoGET INVOLVED in a Clean Up or Green Up event! Pick up litter and debris, remove invasive plant species and help naturalize shorelines. Be sure to visit our Healthy Habitat webpage and Facebook page for postings of local BurlingtonGreen stewardship projects you can participate in during the spring, as well as those of other organizations, spring through fall:


GoGreenHELP YOUR CHILDREN connect with the Great Lakes and discover how they can help the environment as they "grow up green". Learn more about our popular Kids Go Green Program here!

Other local opportunities to engage children in the outdoors and to help them learn about the importance of protecting and respecting our water resources include:

Above all, check out the lakes themselves. In Burlington, places like Beachway Park (on the beach strip), Burloak Waterfront Park, and several other parks in the City provide a connection to Lake Ontario that will leave you feeling refreshed!

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