Audubon New York and Audubon Great Lakes, programs of the National Audubon Society, as well as the undersigned Audubon Chapters have submitted formal comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the environmental conditions, issues, and concerns that should be considered during the Lake Ontario Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) drafting process.
Holding 20 percent of the world’s fresh water within more than 10,000 miles of shoreline, the Great Lakes are a globally significant ecosystem. Millions of migratory birds depend on coastal habitats along the Great Lakes for shelter, rest, and nourishment for their long journeys. Thousands of raptors, waterfowl, and wetland birds rely on the Great Lakes systems for safe nesting grounds. Yet, coastal development, climate change, pollution, and invasive species threaten the coastal and aquatic systems that support this diversity of birds. As the Lake Ontario Partnership takes on the task of updating the Lake Ontario LAMP, Audubon would like to see such issues included and addressed.