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Nipigon PAC Meeting – October 15

October 1, 2014

The next meeting of the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan, or cleanup plan, will take place at  7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15 at the Lake Helen Community Resource Centre. The general public is welcome to attend and there is no charge.

The meeting topics to be discussed include:

  • A presentation on the Nipigon Bay RAP status update
  • An update regarding development of a stormwater management plan for Nipigon

Links:
Agenda
Previous Minutes – April 2014

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Chief Morriseau Concerned Over Potential Relocation of North Harbour Sediments to Mission Bay CDF

August 27, 2014

In a recent article, Chief Georjaan Morriseau of the Fort William First Nation expressed concern over the potential relocation of mercury-contaminated sediment in the Thunder Bay North Harbour to the Mission Bay confined disposal facility.

This concern comes after Cole Engineering recently released their Sediment Management Options Report which is available here. In the report, the preferred management option involves dredging the nearly 400,000 cubic meters of the material currently located near the former Cascades mill and disposing it into the confined disposal facility near Chippewa Park.

The general public still has the opportunity to provide comments and input on the selected options. Comments should be directed to Jamie Saunders of EcoSuperior or by using the form (linked here).

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE

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RAP Kayak Tour – Lower Nipigon River

August 18, 2014
RAP Kayak Tour - Lower Nipigon River

Participants in the RAP Kayak tour of the lower Nipigon River, August 17th. A similar event for hikers took place on July 20th. Click the photo above to see a short video (10′) about both events.

Twenty-one kayaks and canoes headed out on August 17th for a RAP paddling tour of the lower Nipigon River. The tour visited the following points:

  • Nipigon River Lagoon
  • Clearwater Creek
  • Nipigon Water Pollution Control Plant area
  • Nipigon River Wetlands
  • Sawmill Point

At the above locations, RAP personnel provided commentary about progress in addressing environmental issues identified through the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan, or cleanup plan. At the lagoon, plans to increase water exchange with the main river and to rehabilitate fish habitat were outlined; at Clearwater Creek an overview was provided about stormwater management. A bit further down the river information was provided about positive impacts to the river ecosystem through installation of upgrades to the Nipigon municipal effluent treatment system. The provincially significant Nipigon River wetland complex was visited, where kayakers raised points about the myriad functions of wetlands, and near the river mouth, at Sawmill Point, kayakers were made aware of the large-scale “hands-on” cleanup completed by Remedial Action Plan Public Advisory Committee volunteers. RAP personnel also pointed out that upgrades to municipal wastewater treatment in Red Rock would be proceeding in the near future.

Thanks very, very much to all who participated, to Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, without whose support this event would not have been possible, to the Town of Nipigon for the excellent launch facilities, to Nipigon Town Councillor Gord Mackenzie and wife Karin for their warm welcome to Nipigon and for their participation, to Lise Vaugeois, certified kayaking instructor, who accompanied participants and to The Grizzly Den Kayakers (Facebook login necessary for this link) who provided participants, perspective, kayaking safety in numbers and a great group of people with which to kayak.

Participants enjoyed a light lunch after the event at the Nipigon Marina gazebo. The trip was fun and great exercise. Mostly though, it was an educational experience for a group of people who demonstrate true interest in the health of Lake Superior by regularly paddling its waters, not only on Nipigon Bay, but at locations around the entire lake. Thanks everyone.

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Lower Nipigon River Hike July 20th

July 3, 2014

Eighteen persons participated in a Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP) hike of the lower Nipigon River on July 20th, Lake Superior Day. Hikers were accompanied by RAP personnel who provided information about environmental issues addressed by the RAP. A RAP kayak tour of the lower Nipigon River was held on August 17th. The above video contains footage from both events.

Points visited included:

  • Nipigon River Lagoon
  • Nipigon Municipal Water Pollution Control Plant
  • Clearwater Creek
  • Nipigon River Wetlands
  • Sawmill Point

Thanks to everyone who participated and a special thanks to landowner Chris Wrigley for permission to hike the trail which runs through his property.

Nipigon Bay is one of 42 locations around the Great Lakes designated by the International Joint Commission as an “Area of Concern” due to environmental issues. Remedial Action Plans, or cleanup plans, have been put in place for each of these locations. Significant progress has been made in addressing environmental issues in the “Nipigon Bay Area of Concern” which includes the lower Nipigon River.

The Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan will carry out a kayak tour of the lower Nipigon River on August 17th. More information will be posted soon on this website. View pictures of last year’s RAP kayak tour in Thunder Bay.

Presentation: Black Bay Peninsula – August 19

August 13, 2014
Tuesday August 19 at 7:30pm at the Salem Lutheran Church Hall – Pass Lake, the Pass Lake CARE Group will have a special presentation.

Black Bay Peninsula is recognized internationally as the last significant roadless peninsula remaining in the entire Great Lakes Basin and has a habitat that warrants special attention. The peninsula is the site of regionally rare plant species and includes one of the finest examples of shoreline peatland along Lake Superior. There are contentious issues around logging and road building on this isolated and sensitive peninsula.

Guest speaker Gerry Stricker, of the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, will share slides and information about this unique location. The public is invited to come out and listen and learn of the environmental effects of road building through marshlands for logging.

Podcast Series – August 2014 Edition

August 11, 2014

AUGUST EDITION
Monday, August 11, 2014

Certified sea kayaking instructor Lise Vaugeois (background) and Kirsten Maki (foreground) enjoying an evening on Lake Superior as part of the 2013  Remedial Action Plan kayak tour of Thunder Bay Harbour. Click the photo to hear the interview with Lise.

In the August 2014 edition of InfoSuperior’s podcast series Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan Coordinator, Jim Bailey, speaks with certified kayaking instructor Lise Vaugeois (www.seakayakinglessons.com) about her experiences kayaking on Lake Superior.

The interview deals with her background in music, the spiritual connection that being on the Lake can bring, and the need to ensure continued effort towards a pristine Lake Superior ecosystem.

To listen to the interview, click on the photo above.

Related Event:
KAYAKING TOUR OF LOWER NIPIGON RIVER
Sunday, August 17th from 10am to 1pm – Nipigon Marina, Nipigon, Ontario

2014 Newsletters for Lake Superior AOCs

August 1, 2014

Newsletters for each of the three environmental Areas of Concern on Lake Superior, as well as for the Jackfish Bay Area of Concern in Recovery, are accessible via the following links. These are 2014 newsletters available in English and French.

Thunder Bay Area of Concern

Nipigon Bay Area of Concern

Jackfish Bay Area of Concern in Recovery

Peninsula Harbour Area of Concern

 

 

2014 Lightning Class Sailing Championships – Thunder Bay (Jul. 12-13)

July 7, 2014

JULY EDITION PODCAST
Monday, July 7th 2014


Close competition in Lightning class sailboats at an event at Amethyst Harbour on Lake Superior

Members of the Temple Reef Sailing Club utilize the waters of Thunder Bay harbour on a very frequent basis. During the summer they sail the harbour on a daily basis and participate in harbour races on a weekly basis.

This summer, the Temple Reef Sailing Club, with event partners the Thunder Bay Yacht Club, will be hosting the Canadian Lightning Championships in tandem with the Great Lakes Masters’ Championship for Laser Class sailboats. These events will be held on Lake Superior, in Thunder Bay, on July 12th and 13th, 2014. In this podcast, Competitors and race organizers Julia and Ross Bailey are interviewed about sailing, this Canadian Championship and Great Lakes Masters Championship event and their thoughts about Lake Superior.

To listen to the interview, click on the photo above.

Event Website:
LIGHTNING CANADIANS 2014

International Lightning Class Association

North American Laser Class Association

Related Links:
Thunder Bay Yacht ClubSail Thunder BayManitoba Sailing Association, Ontario Sailing Association

 


Podcast Series – July 2014 Edition

July 7, 2014

JULY EDITION
Monday, July 7th 2014

Members of the Temple Reef Sailing Club utilize the waters of Thunder Bay harbour on a very frequent basis. During the summer they sail the harbour on a daily basis and participate in harbour races on a weekly basis.

This summer, the Temple Reef Sailing Club, with event partners the Thunder Bay Yacht Club, will be hosting the Canadian Lightning Championships in tandem with the Great Lakes Masters’ Championship for Laser Class sailboats. These events will be held on Lake Superior, in Thunder Bay, on July 12th and 13th, 2014. In this podcast, Competitors and race organizers Julia and Ross Bailey are interviewed about sailing, this Canadian Championship and Great Lakes Masters Championship event and their thoughts about Lake Superior.

To listen to the interview, click on the photo above.

Event Website:
LIGHTNING CANADIANS 2014

Related Links:
Thunder Bay Yacht Club
Sail Thunder Bay
Ontario Sailing

Thunder Bay – USGS Carries out L. Superior Monitoring

June 18, 2014
USGS 'Kiyi'

The United States Geological Survey Vessel ‘Kiyi’ heads for Thunder Cape as it carries out environmental monitoring on Lake Superior – June 17, 2014. Click here for more photos. (photo: J.Bailey)

 

The United States Geological Survey has been carrying out environmental monitoring on Lake Superior, in both Canada and USA, for several decades. Monitoring covers a wide array and includes water quality, phytoplankton, fish abundance and diversity. This summer, as usual, the USGS Ship ‘Kiyi’ is monitoring sites around the entire lake (some may have noticed the ship in the Rossport and Nipigon, Ontario area earlier this week or may notice it in the Grand Marais, Minnesota area later this week). Water Resource Science and Geography and the Environment students from Lakehead University were fortunate to be invited aboard as work was carried out in the Thunder Bay area. A BIG THANK YOU TO USGS FOR THIS UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCE. Pictures are accessible here.

Photos were taken as the ship worked in the Thunder Bay, Ontario area on June 17th.