The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative began when the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) conducted an intensive consultation in spring of 2016 to come up with a strategy for dealing with the problem of toxic algal bloom incidents that had been becoming more frequent in the western basin of Lake Erie.
The steering committee that is guiding the strategy includes groups such as farm, municipal, environmental, conservation, drainage, academic and First Nations.
The strategy is aimed at raising awareness and providing products and services to reduce the surface and subsurface transportation of phosphorus off agricultural land, either directly into waterways or via municipal drainage systems.
Silt Sock Environmental hopes to partner with the Phosphorous Reduction Collaborative in the very near future in order to aide in the serious issue of phosphorous overload in Lake Erie. The staff at Silt Sock Environmental are very aware of the need to reduce phosphorous from drainage water, particularly agricultural runoff. Our team plan to use the Erosion Tube product as well as our Hicken Bottom Filter Ring in order to reduce surface erosion and reduce the percentage of suspended phosphorous in water that is flowing off of fields and into waterways and municipal drains that lead to Lake Erie.
We are proud to be a small local Canadian company prepared to take big steps in environmental protection.