Mississauga is fortunate to be located on the shore of Lake Ontario, part of the largest
system of freshwater lakes in the world. The Great Lakes and their watersheds make up one of
Canada's richest and most biologically diverse regions, home to a huge variety of fish,
wildlife and plant species. Many Ontarians, including all the residents and businesses in
Mississauga, depend on Lake Ontario for a safe and reliable source of drinking water.
With great fortune goes great responsibility. Only one per cent of the water in the Great
Lakes Basin is renewed anually through rainfall and snowmelt. Therefore, we must all be
'champions' of the Great Lakes and its watersheds by helping to conserve water use and to
protect the quality of our water by preventing pollution.
It is our hope that the information provided in these pages will help you to become a Great