Webinar Series

Webinar Series Announcement

The Lake Futures project uses webinars, in addition to other strategies, to share the results of its research program and facilitate an open dialogue with its partners and stakeholders.

Steering committee webinar series (2021)

The Lake Futures project is guided, in part, by the expertise of a knowledgeable steering committee.  In this new webinar series, participants will get a chance to hear from these experts as we explore the programs and initiatives, they are delivering to address eutrophication in the Great Lakes. Through discussion, we will investigate opportunities to collaborate and work together.

Research webinar series (2020)

In July 2020, Lake Futures hosted a webinar series that summarized some of the early research findings from the project. This series offered an opportunity to engage with Lake Futures researchers and discuss implications for water policies, programs, and plans in Ontario. Webinar recordings and one-page summaries can be found below.

Lake Futures Webinar Series Calendar


Upcoming Webinars 

Stay tuned for upcoming webinars in this series. Webinars will be announced as they are confirmed. 

Date and Time Speakers Description Register
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Previous Webinars

Date and Time Speaker Description Resources
April 30, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET Mel Luymes is a freelance sociologist, writer and project manager. Her family runs a grain farm and custom farming business near Moorefield, ON, using precision cover crops, no-till and strip-till on their own fields. Co-founder of the Ontario Soil Network and Executive Director of the Ontario Professional Agri-Contractors Association, she loves to work at the intersection of agriculture, behaviour change and the environment. The Ontario Soil Network (OSN) is a group of farmers that share their experience in building soil health, reducing erosion and improving water quality. Learn how the network approaches farmer BMP adoption through sociological perspectives, as well as its priorities for research, enhancing agricultural leadership, communication, and network building. Watch the video on YouTube
April 14, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Sandra George, Great Lakes Program Coordinator at Environment and Climate Change Canada

Ram Yerubandi, Research Manager at Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Sandie and Ram team up to share the latest updates from ECCC. Ram will review the department’s research activities in Lake Erie (with a focus on Integrated watershed lake modelling). Sandie will discuss how science and research are being used to direct policy and program priorities. Watch the video on YouTube
March 17, 2021

Tom Bruulsema is a Chief Scientist with Plant Nutrition Canada. He’s been involved with developing the 4R Certification program in the USA and in Canada. He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the Canadian Society of Agronomy. Education B.S. 1983 University of Guelph (Agriculture) M.S. 1985 University of Guelph (Crop Science) Ph.D. 1994 Cornell University (Soil Science).

Tom introduced Plant Nutrition Canada, its agricultural research priorities and how the organization supports responsible management of plant nutrition.

Watch video on YouTube

Sept 23, 2020

Nandita Basu

Nandita Basu, PI of Lake Futures, Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences, Director of the Collaborative Water Program

Sustainable Urbanscapes: Nutrient Cycling in the Greater Toronto Area

Increasingly, humans in the developed world are living in cities. These urban centres disrupt nutrient cycles by importing large quantities of food, and exporting waste to nearby water bodies. Investigating flows of nutrients in urban centres can help to identify opportunities to increase food security and reduce freshwater pollution. Join Nandita Basu, as she shares the latest research on nutrient budgets for nitrogen and phosphorus in the Greater Toronto Area. Learn about impacts urban centers have on their surrounding environment, and opportunities to build a more circular economy.

1 page Summary (PDF)

Sept 16, 2020

1-2 pm EDT

Elaine Ho

Elaine Ho, PhD Candidate, Social and Ecological Sustainability (Water), School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability

A new approach and lessons learned: how co-creation, shared spaces, and diversity can improve water monitoring design

When designing conventional water monitoring programs, the design process is focused on establishing the right monitoring parameters, methodologies, and schedules.  Community values are not usually considered and there is limited coordination with decision-makers.  Therefore, these programs often fail to consider how the results will inform management decisions or meet the needs of the local community.  In this presentation, Elaine proposes a new way of developing monitoring programs that consider cumulative effects, are co-created by diverse stakeholders, and connect monitoring to broader river or lake management decisions.  The lower Grand River and nearshore Lake Erie was the focus of her research, and the new monitoring framework that emerged is used a case study for discussion. Elaine will share lessons learned throughout this process, highlighting benefits of community and Indigenous engagement and how to overcome associated challenges.

Presentation Slide Deck (PDF)

1 page Summary (PDF)

Sept 9, 2020

1-2 pm EDT

Bryan Tolson

Bryan Tolson, Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Subwatershed-based lake and river routing products for hydrologic and land surface models applied over Canada

Lakes and reservoirs have important impacts on hydrological and biogeochemical functions of a landscape but are often overlooked in regional hydrological models. This is important in Canada where we have a huge number of lakes. In this webinar, Bryan Tolson, will share recent work of Han et al. (2020) deriving a suite of Pan-Canadian subwatershed-based lake and river routing GIS products at multiple spatial resolutions. These publicly available data products supply all the necessary hydrologic routing model inputs. All Water Survey of Canada streamflow gauging stations are used to define subwatershed outlets in the products. The routing product is used to inform a hydrologic routing model in the Raven hydrologic modelling framework, and is the first demonstration of Raven in routing-only mode. The Hudson Bay drainage basin (40% of Canada), including more than 20,000 river reaches and 10,000 lakes, will be simulated as a case study. A corresponding GIS lake and river routing toolbox under development will also be highlighted that puts the watershed and lake discretization decisions into the modeller’s hands instead of relying solely on the small set of products in Han et al. (2020).

1 page Summary (PDF)

August 12, 2020

1-2pm EDT

Roy Brouwer

Roy Brouwer, Executive Director, the Water Institute

What are the Great Lakes worth? A study of Canadian and US residents’ willingness to pay for water quality improvements in the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are immensely valuable, providing economic, social, and environmental benefits to those who live, work, and recreate in the region. But, water quality in the Great Lakes is threatened by human activities, like urban development and agriculture. Managing these threats requires investments, and ultimately poses the question: What are the Great Lakes worth? Join Roy Brouwer, as he seeks to answer this question by sharing research updates on how much Canadian and American residents are willing to pay for water quality improvements in the Great Lakes. 

1 page Summary (PDF)

August 5, 2020 

1-2pm EDT

Philippe Van CappellenPhilippe Van Cappellen, Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Ecohydrology

The role of dams and the nearshore zone on phosphorus flows along the river-lake interface 

With continued concern for eutrophication in the lower Great Lakes, scientists, government and stakeholders continue to work together towards effective management solutions. In these freshwater systems, phosphorus is a main driver of algal blooms. Our ability to manage phosphorus in these systems to improve water quality is limited by our understanding of phosphorus flows and cycling along rivers and into large lakes. Join Philippe Van Cappellen, as he shares the latest research progress on phosphorus flows along the river-large lake continuum and how these are impacted by dams and nearshore biogeochemical cycling. 

1 page Summary (PDF)

July 29, 2020

1-2pm EDT

Nandita Basu

Nandita Basu, PI of Lake Futures, Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences, Director of the Collaborative Water Program

Watershed Nutrient Legacies and their Impact on Current and Future Water Quality in the Lake Erie Basin

With increasingly frequent and severe algal blooms in the Great Lakes, all levels of government and stakeholders have been engaged in developing policies and management solutions to reduce nutrient loading to the lakes. The term ‘legacy nutrients’ has been used to describe the amount of nutrients that have built up in soils over the years and are expected to delay the effect of management solutions.  Join Nandita Basu, as she shares the latest research progress and findings on modelling legacy nutrients, N and P, and their impacts on water quality in the Great Lakes region. 

1 page Summary (PDF)

Recordings for additional webinars in this series will be added as they are available.