Who is Stop the Drop
- A non-profit campaign to raise the profile of low water level issues in Georgian Bay, Lake Huron & other Great Lakes so our leaders will finally take action.
- A free online community of lake users, of all ages and usage types (eg. cottagers, boaters, shoreline business owners, etc.), who use the site to get informed, get heard and get involved.
- We’re not looking for simplistic answers or quick fixes. Rather we want to help the public understand and pay attention to this issue, while helping our political leaders appreciate how broad and strong public opinion is on the subject.
Reasons Why Joining is So Important
If we do nothing, we could lose another meter of water on Lake Huron”. How will you feel then?
1. Feel like no one’s doing anything? Make your voice heard.
Stop the Drop will have 15,000 – 20,000 members, from Tobermory to Manitoulin. Our leaders at all levels are much more likely to respond to this large a group of committed lake users.
2. Just caring, or signing a petition is NOT enough
Governments know that most people don’t stick around after signing a petition to continue paying attention. Without joining the community and sticking around, your voice will not be heard. No one will know how many people care about this issue.
3. You deserve to know the facts. Staying informed is quick and easy
Find out about why water levels are dropping and what people are doing about it. We are non-partisan and collect opinions from all sides of this issue. Joining Stop the Drop will make it easy for you to keep informed.
4. Help protect the water that is so precious to you
Many people are too busy to volunteer or send cheques to support this cause – but they still care and want to help. We enable you to make your contribution by paying attention for a few minutes per month.
Examples of the information you could expect to find include on the site:
Exclusive interviews with members of the International Joint Commission, the group that makes final recommendations to US and Canadian governments about what to do on water levels. In informal discussions, they explain who they are and how they view this issue:
- Lana Pollack, US Chair, IJC
- Gord Walker, newly-appointed Canadian member, IJC
- More are planned
Exclusive interviews with/articles by Mayors, who have been directly involved in trying to get the public to engage with water level issues:
- David Miller, former Mayor, Toronto & incoming CEO, WWF Canada
- Gord MacKay, Mayor of Midland
- Ellen Anderson, Mayor of the Blue Mountains
- Larry Braid, Mayor of the Township of Georgian Bay
Articles for the layperson explaining practical aspects of the issue:
- “Water Levels 101” provides simple explanations of the mechanics
- “Who’s doing what?” outlines the roles of different organizations
- Article by Prof. Gail Krantzberg about the Great Lakes Futures Project
- Article by manager of marina that faced substantial dredging challenges
Short surveys to help us convey the views of Lake users to our leaders
Using the Site
Joining and using the community is free. The reason we ask you to register is so that we can make sure that your voice is heard on this issue. Strict privacy policies ensure member information is not shared with any outside commercially-oriented parties. Once registered as a member, your are invited and enabled to ”get informed, get heard, get involved (when you can)” by checking into your personal community portal when prompted as little as 1-3 times per quarter (or as much as you want).
Please Join, and Refer Your Friends
Please visit www.Stopthedrop.ca website to learn more about this project, and how you can play a role. If you find it valuable – regardless of whether you agree with every opinion expressed there – please share with all your family members, and all of your and their friends with an interest in water levels. And ask them to do the same. The more the merrier… and the more compelling.