Since the early 2000s, Winrock’s work in Canada has dedicated to clean energy and the environment. In 2013, it was officially recognized that Lake Simcoe, in the province of Ontario, was in dire need of innovative solutions for phosphorus reduction. Winrock has worked with farmers, conservation authorities and other stakeholders to reduce phosphorus loss from Ontario cropland in the lake’s watershed.
Years of agricultural run-off have deposited large amounts of phosphorous-laden fertilizer into Ontario, Canada’s Lake Simcoe. Though fertilizer can help boost crop production, its presence in rivers and lakes harms water quality. This program aids the Ontario government’s efforts to improve Lake Simcoe’s health by creating and developing incentives that encourage farmers to reduce the amount of phosphorous that makes its way into waterways.