OTTAWA, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the world's top scientists are
jointly releasing an open letter to the federal government opposing the
planned closure of Canada's famed Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). The
letter is addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister Keith
Ashfield, and Minister Peter Kent, and is authored by the most
distinguished and decorated aquatic and environmental scientists in the
world—researchers who have been awarded the equivalent of the Nobel
Prize in ecology.
In the open letter, the scientists "strongly urge" the Government of
Canada to reconsider its decision to close the ELA. They further call
upon the Government to recognize the importance of the ELA to the
Government's mandate to "study, preserve, and protect aquatic
The authors also state in the letter that the Government's termination
of the ELA is "only one example of the many recent cuts to federal
environmental programming" which "seriously undermine our capacity to
protect and manage Canada's freshwater and marine resources."
Dr. David Schindler, one of the open letter's Canadian authors, says
"ELA work is internationally recognized as an important basis for sound
environmental policy, by politicians as well as scientists. It's the
only site in the world where the scientific underpinnings of
environmental policy can be tested at ecosystem scales. A recent
article in the premier science journal Nature paralleled the loss of the ELA to ecological sciences with the science
of nuclear physics losing the U.S. Los Alamos to closure. The
comparison is very apt."
The Open Letter is available in English and French at www.saveela.org.
The ELA is a unique, irreplaceable research program that helps ensure
clean drinking water and freshwater fish for Canadians from
coast-to-coast-to-coast. On May 17, 2012, the Government of Canada
informed employees behind closed doors that the ELA will be shutdown in
March 2013. All scientists and support staff of the facility received
The Coalition to Save ELA is a non-partisan group of scientists and citizens concerned about the
future of Canada's Experimental Lakes Area.
SOURCE Coalition to Save ELA
For further information:
Media contacts: Coalition to Save ELA
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Jason Venkiteswaran (Eastern Canada), Tel: 519-897-3527, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org