In 1968, the Canadian Government set aside an area of Northwestern Ontario as an area for research, known as the Experimental Lakes Area. The area includes 46 small lakes, and the idea was to use the area to research the environmental impact of human activities. The Area has been used to study the effects of eutrophication (over-fertilizing of aquatic environments), acid rain and other industrial pollution.
But that's all over now. Despite the fact that just two years ago, the government had spend over a million dollars upgrading the facility, it was announced in last year's budget that the Experimental Lakes Area would be closing at the end of March 2013. Researchers who were engaged in long term research at the facility found themselves suddenly barred from the location. The government even began to demolish cabins with Scientists' personal effects still inside.
A sad day for Science.