Well, This Sucks...The Canadian federal government has decided to quietly shut down a freshwater research project that has been studying over 50 small lakes in Northern Ontario, conducting what has been recognized as 'groundbreaking' science on the effect that pollutants like acid rain and phosphates have on freshwater lakes, as well as whole-ecosystem experiments on aquaculture and hydro-electric dams.The Globe & Mail writes: "The Experimental Lakes Area is in Northwestern Ontario, about 250 kilometres east of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since 1968, government and university scientists have used its 58 small lakes to test hypotheses about freshwater ecosystems. One experiment has been running for 40 years."
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a statement that “every attempt will be made to transfer the ownership of the facility to universities or provinces.” But even if that's possible - and it might not be without support from the Federal government - this would still be a by step back for freshwater research. Any way you look at it, it's a loss. If universities and provinces have the resources to keep this going, that's resources that they won't be using for other kinds of research...
David Schindler, a professor at the University of Alberta, said employees were told that the facility will be closed as of March 2013.
Via Globe and Mail