The Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) in northwestern Ontario is a unique freshwater research station that encompasses 58 lakes. The ELA was set up in 1968 for governments and researchers to study the causes and control of eutrophication and other types of water pollution. This area in northwestern Ontario was a natural choice since the area was relatively unaffected by human influences and industrial activities.
Over the past four decades, research conducted at the ELA has provided the scientific evidence-base on the environmental effects of acid rain, phosphorous and other pollutants that has informed policy within Canada and around the world.
Last spring the federal government decided to cut funding for research and operations of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) in northwestern Ontario and began tearing down the facilities. The estimated cost savings was $2 million annually.