The City of London is the largest municipality within the Thames River watershed. The Thames river, which runs through the City, is one of the largest tributaries that feeds into Lake St. Clair, and ultimately into Lake Erie. Approximately 15 % of the phosphorus loads at thought to originate from urban sources along this major tributary.
The Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan has set important targets, including a 40% reduction in phosphorus by 2025, in hopes of improving the health of Lake Erie.
The City of London is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the objectives for phosphorus reduction as set by the Lake Erie Action Plan. These municipal actions have been developed, subject to government funding and partnerships:
- Leader in watershed monitoring
- Enhanced wastewater treatment
- Combined sewer replacement
- Sewer system overflow reduction
- Low impact development rollout
- Stormwater retrofits.
These municipal actions have been developed for inclusion in the Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan for phosphorus reduction. The City of London is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the objectives for phosphorus reduction as set by the Lake Erie Action Plan to ensure both the health of the Thames River and the Great Lakes basin.