A win and good news for scientists in Canada. Looks like a deal is in place to see them return to the Experimental Lakes in Ontario to continue their work.
A deal has been reached between the federal government and a policy institute that would see scientists return to the Experimental Lakes Area this summer.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) issued a joint news release Thursday afternoon, saying the framework of an agreement has been reached to allow IISD to operate the area near Kenora in northwestern Ontario.
The federal government had closed the area at the beginning of April, saying it would save around $2 million a year.
That cast doubt over what would happen to ongoing scientific experiments across its 58 lakes, even after the Ontario government said late last month that it would fund work in the area ó it was unclear when work could begin again.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said Thursday it will run sampling programs over the summer that will help long-term data collecting stay current.
Water quality work has been done in the area since 1968.
At the time of the announcement, Dr. David Schindler of the University of Alberta said what makes the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) unique is that itís far enough from cities and industry that itís a natural living lab for freshwater research.
Work done at the research area by Schindler led to international changes in cleaning product ingredients after it was discovered phosphates in some of them were causing lakes to turn green with algae.