A year in the making, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture officially launched their Thames River Drainage Strategy in January 2017. The strategy will help reduce phosphorus loss from agricultural land by introducing best practices to retain water on the land during big storm events, and promoting the use of phosphorus removal technologies in the drainage system. Charles Lalonde has been hired as the strategy’s project manager. The Strategy’s first Steering Committee meeting was held in London on January 25th. Chaired by Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope and OFA board member Mark Reusser, the steering committee will guide the implementation of the Thames River Drainage Strategy. Membership includes agricultural organisations, Conservation Authorities, Municipalities, First Nations, NGOs, drainage professionals, and private sector representatives. Federal and provincial government officials sit as observers.