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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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Thunder Bay PAC Meeting September 10th at Chippewa Park

August 20, 2014

 

Chippewa Main Beach

The main swimming beach at Chippewa Park was placed under a permanent advisory by the The Thunder Bay District Health Unit on June 27th, 2014.

The September 10th meeting of the Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan will be held in the Main Pavillion at Chippewa Park beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. The objective of the meeting is to tour the main swimming beach and to provide input on a presentation about Beach Advisories in the Thunder Bay Area of Concern. During the meeting, participants will actually view the main beach, in person, during a walking tour of the site.

Directions to Meeting:

  • Start by heading West on the Thunder Bay Expressway (11/17)
  • Continue onto ON-61 South
  • Turn Left (east) onto Chippewa Road
  • Continue onto City Road and follow the signs directing you to Chippewa Park
  • The Main Pavilion will be on the left side of the road.

 

The agenda and complete information package:

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THUNDER BAY - AGENDA (2014-09-10)113.8 KiB17

 

Beach Advisories Draft Presentation:

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Draft Beach Advisories Presentation Part 134.5 MiB12
Draft Beach Advisories Presentation Part 261.8 MiB9
Draft Beach Advisories Presentation Part 311.2 MiB7

 

Beach Advisories Reference Documents (including raw data for bacterial contamination at Thunder Bay Public Beaches):

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DATA - All Canadian AOCs Beach Desliting Criteria and Status15.6 KiB7
DATA - Beach Sampling Data for Thunder Bay and North Shore Superior88.5 KiB4
DATA - Boulevard - Days Closed39.3 KiB5
DATA - Review and Analysis - Chippewa Beach Advisories1.2 MiB12
Media Release - Chippewa Permanent Advisory - TBDHU27.7 KiB7
PAC MINUTES - Dec 201253.4 KiB5
PAC MINUTES - Jan 201357.4 KiB7
PAC MINUTES - June 201221.9 KiB7
PAC MINUTES - Sept 201224.7 KiB7
RAP REPORTS - Thunder Bay PAC Beach Advisories Review393.6 KiB6
RAP REPORTS - Thunder Bay RAP Chippewa Beach Review and Analysis21.2 MiB8
RAP REPORTS - Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Beach Advisories Update and Next Steps285.0 KiB8
RAP STAGE REPORTS - Thunder Bay Stage 261.7 MiB0
RAP STAGE REPORTS - Thunder Bay Stage 161.7 MiB10
REPORTS - Bacterial Study Of Chippewa Beach632.6 KiB8
REPORTS - Blug Flag BeachCriteria 2012425.2 KiB5
REPORTS - Draft 2009 Water Quality Report - Conestoga Rovers2.5 MiB10
REPORTS - Frequently Asked Questions About Canada Geese72.3 KiB11
REPORTS - LRCA Report for Bathing Beaches at Mission Island and Hazelwood Lake313.2 KiB7
REPORTS - Ontario Beach Management Protocol43.5 KiB6
REPORTS - Re-designation Report for Beach Advisories - Detroit River1.9 MiB10
REPORTS - Removal Recommendation - Kalamazoo River20.1 KiB6
REPORTS - SOLEC Beach Advisories and Postings1.9 MiB7

 

Thunder Bay North Harbour Contamination – Updates and Documents:

NameSizeHits
Backgrounder - Sediment Management Options Final Report2.5 MiB9
Figures & Graphics - Sediment Management Options Final Report5.7 MiB11
Kathy Sakamoto Comments re North Harbour28.2 KiB6
North Harbour Update - August 2014659.1 KiB8
Sediment Management Options Final Report (2014-08-12)580.2 KiB15
Sediment Subcommittee Minutes - April 8, 201492.2 KiB1
Sediment Subcommittee Minutes - June 5, 2014247.6 KiB1

 

 

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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. The tour was great fun and great exercise but mostly great education. Kayakers learned about progress within the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan to address environmental issues in the Nipigon River and Nipigon Bay on Lake Superior. Click here for more photos.

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.

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.

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.

World Record Brook Trout Carving Presented

June 9, 2014
world record brook trout carving presentation

Carver Dennis Sinclair and Norma Fawcett, granddaughter of the guide present when the world record brook trout was caught on the Nipigon River on July 21st, 1915. Dennis presented this carving of the brook trout to the Nipigon museum on June 7, 2014.

The Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan is about water quality, fish populations and fish habitat. These factors are especially important when it comes to the Nipigon River, the largest river entering the Great Lakes on either the Canadian or American side. On Saturday, June 7th, the Nipigon River was celebrated with presentation of an apple wood carving of the world record brook trout caught in the river in 1915 by Dr. J.W. Cook. The original fish weighed in at 14.5 pounds, a record that stands to this day. Although the original fish had been mounted for display, it was damaged in a fire at the Nipigon Museum.

The very moving presentation to the museum was made by expert wood carver Dennis Sinclair accompanied by residents of nearby Lake Helen, including Norma Fawcett, grand daughter of the guide who accompanied Dr. Cook when the fish was caught. The event was celebrated by residents of Nipigon, including members of the Public Advisory Committee to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan. The ceremony was held at the Nipigon Museum where the carving will remain on permanent display.

The Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan and Public Advisory Committee have worked for many years to address environmental issues in Nipigon Bay and the Nipigon River but times have changed since 1915, when this world record fish was caught. The Nipigon River has been utilized for hydro-electric generation for several decades. A central success story of the the Remedial Action Plan was implementation of the Nipigon River Water Management Plan. This agreement with Ontario Power Generation limits water level fluctuations, benefiting fish like brook trout which had previously been severely impacted by water level swings.

Likely, anyone who fishes on the Nipigon River would like to thank Dennis Sinclair for this wonderful piece of art. They might also like to thank all the residents of Lake Helen who attended. Their attendance gave this presentation special meaning. PAC member and museum curator Betty Brill deserves special thanks for organizing this event and for her work and the work of the entire Public Advisory Committee in improving conditions for fish in the Nipigon River.

SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THE PRESENTATION…