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Ryerson Urban Water
Researcher James Li

James Li was the recent recipient of an EC Lake Simcoe-Southeastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund award for Development of All Season Stormwater LID Practices for Lake Simcoe Watershed. This award will fund research on LID practices to reduce stormwater and phosphorus loading to Lake Simcoe in all four seasons. This work will support the development and preparation of four season LID master plans for the uncontrolled stormwater areas in the Lake Simcoe watershed (e.g. Barrie, Newmarket, East Gwillimbury, and Aurora).

Researcher Claire Oswald
Claire Oswald was the recipient of an Environment Canada Lake Simcoe-Southeastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund grant for The Fate and Transport of Chloride in Urbanizing Catchments of the Lake Simcoe-Southeastern Georgian Bay Watersheds.
 
In seasonally frozen environments, de-icers (chloride salts) are widely used to maintain safe driving conditions on roads and other impervious surfaces. While the beneficial role of road salts for public safety is unequivocal, the environmental consequences of their use pose risks to stream and lake ecosystems. The goal of this two year project is to improve our understanding of the dynamics and ecological effects of chloride across a gradient of urbanizing catchments in the Lake Simcoe and Southeastern Georgian Bay watersheds. The results of this study will help to inform adaptive winter maintenance management strategies and identify salt vulnerable areas to be protected.