Nipigon Bay RAP History and Progress. Click the arrow to view the slideshow. Once the show starts, click the symbol (four arrows) bottom right to view full screen. Click “Show Info”, top right, to view the caption with each slide.
The Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP) will host an open house event from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 7th at the Nipigon Recreation Centre, 138 Wadsworth Drive, Nipigon, Ontario. A presentation, along with question, answer and public comment period begins at 7 p.m. The event is an opportunity for residents of Nipigon, Red Rock, Lake Helen, Dorion and area to find out about completed RAP actions to restore environmental quality in Nipigon Bay. Ongoing monitoring and environmental programs for Nipigon Bay will also be outlined. Completed actions incude:
- a Nipigon River Water Management Plan limiting water level fluctuations impacting fish populations
- a new secondary municipal wastewater treatment plant for the Town of Nipigon
- substantial work to remove garbage/debris and rehabilitate Clearwater Creek
- a marina in Red Rock incorporating fish habitat features
Ongoing work includes:
- environmental monitoring
- a stormwater management plan for Clearwater Creek and the Town of Nipigon
- construction of a secondary wastewater treatment plant for the Town of Red Rock.
Displays and information about completed RAP actions, ongoing environmental programs and monitoring will be included at the event. Representatives from the RAP Public Advisory Committee, Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be on hand to answer questions/comments and discuss concerns. Coffee, tea, juice, water and light snacks will be available. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
Nipigon Bay was originally listed as a Great Lakes “Area of Concern” because water quality and environmental health were severely degraded. This situation was due to industrial and municipal effluent discharges, accumulation of wood fibre and bark from log driving and fluctuating river flows due to hydro-electric generation. These factors caused several environmental problems, including heavily impacted fish populations. Work to implement remedial actions in Nipigon Bay has been ongoing since this location was identified as an Area of Concern in 1986 by the International Joint Commission in conjunction with the governments of Canada and USA.
The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan, or harbour cleanup plan, will meet at 7 p.m. on May 6th at the Balmoral Street Centre on the Lakehead University campus (Room: HS 1029). Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
Links to Related Documents and Information:
Click here to access a Remedial Action Plan newsletter outlining 2015 activities to date. The newsletter covers January, February and March, outlining activities aimed at cleanup of Lake Superior environmental issues in Nipigon Bay and Thunder Bay. Don’t forget our Nipigon Bay RAP open house event on May 7th in Nipigon.
An article in Earth and Space Science News notes the largest surge in Great Lakes Water Levels in recorded history has recently taken place. The article has a focus on the upper lakes, including Superior. View this very interesting and well researched article here.
The Lake Superior Biodiversity Conservation Strategy is now complete and freely available . This Strategy provides a summary of the health of and threats to the biodiversity of Lake Superior, and presents a guide to implementing effective lakewide and regional conservation strategies.
This Strategy contributes to the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement commitment of developing lakewide habitat and species protection and restoration conservation strategies. To learn more about all of the binational implementation activities, documents, and engagement opportunities, please visit http://binational.net.
Government agencies, local stakeholders, organizations, and groups such as your own have all been instrumental in developing the Lake Superior Biodiversity Conservation Strategy. We encourage you to use the information in the Strategy to identify and apply necessary actions within your watersheds, coasts, and Lake Superior waters.
Twenty corresponding regional plans, which identify local and regional conservation opportunities, are being drafted and will be released for your review and input shortly. Together, the Strategy and the regional plans will support the implementation of actions around Lake Superior to meet the overarching goal of protecting and restoring Lake Superior’s habitat and species.
Please visit www.natureconservancy.ca/superiorbca for more information. The website contains the background information and documents that were used to develop the Strategy. For an overview, be sure to check out the Lake Superior Biodiversity Conservation Strategy: Background Webinar. Any questions and comments can be sent to a regional contact for your area.
The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan, or harbour cleanup plan, will meet at 7 p.m. on March 11th at the Balmoral Street Centre on the Lakehead University campus (Room: HS 1029). Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
The government of Ontario is introducing legislation aimed at protecting the Great Lakes. All of the Great Lakes, including Superior, are covered by the proposed legislation but “nutrients” from substances like agricultural fertilizers and phosphorous from sewage treatment plants get special attention. The lower lakes, especially Lake Erie, have been heavily impacted by nutrients causing large-scale algae blooms. Impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes are also included. The Ontario Government says that, if passed, the new legislation would:
- Help fight climate change, reduce harmful algal blooms, and protect wetlands and other coastal areas.
- Monitor and report on the health of the lakes.
- Bring people together to take action on priority issues.
- Build on Ontario’s leadership in protecting the Great Lakes, including the Great Lakes Strategy and partnerships with Canada, Quebec, U.S.A., and the Great Lakes states.
The next meeting of the Public Advisory Committee to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP) will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 18th in the Community Resource Centre (main hall) at Lake Helen, Ontario. The general public is welcome to attend and the meeting is free of charge. Click here for the meeting agenda.
Presentations about sea lamprey control will be made at the meeting by Lakehead University Masters student and former Nipigon Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staffer Kathy Sakamoto and also by Paul Sullivan of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Paul has been invited to speak but is not yet confirmed.
Additionally, methods for making the general public aware of the Nipigon Bay RAP Completion Report and for soliciting public comment into the report will be discussed. The report is the culminating RAP document outlining environmental restoration efforts and conditions in Nipigon Bay and the Nipigon River. The Public Advisory Committee has already provided review and comments about the document which will soon become available to the general public.
Other information related to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan:
- Minutes of January 6th, 2015 PAC meeting held at the Red Rock Recreation Centre
- Audio interview regarding Nipigon River restoration work
- 1991 Nipigon Bay RAP Stage 1 Report (Environmental Conditions and Problem Definition)
- 1995 Nipigon Bay RAP Stage 2 Report (Remedial Strategies for Ecosystem Restoration)
- 1996 Nipigon Bay RAP Stage 2 Implementation Annex (Recommended Remedial Actions and Financial Commitments)
- Information about a recent Great Lakes Fishery Commission Workshop on Lampricide Resistance for Sea Lamprey
- Map of Lake Helen Community (including meeting location)
Some people call it the sixth Great Lake and it is the true headwater of the inland seas. Other than the people who live around it though, few people know much about it. This is Lake Nipigon.
An exploration of this body of water is presented in a new book by Nancy Scott entitled, “Lake Nipigon: Where the Great Lakes Begin.” The book provides geographical, environmental, historical and cultural information about Lake Nipigon through chapters like “Wildlife”, “European Contact”, “Settlements” and “Commercial Fishery” among several others. The book can be purchased through major outlets like Amazon and Chapters. If you would like more information about the book, turn up the speakers on your computer because a recent CBC radio interview provides an excellent overview.