Month: January 2013

Crude Shipments Proposed for Lake Superior by 2015

 

Superior, Wisconsin
Superior, Wisconsin is located at the extreme western end of Lake Superior on the St. Louis River estuary.

The huge Bakken Shale Oil Play in North Dakota, in addition to large supplies of Canadian heavy crude, have increased interest in Great Lakes crude oil shipments. A petroleum refiner is exploring whether to build a crude oil loading dock on Lake Superior, near its refinery in Superior, Wis., in order to ship crude oil on the Great Lakes. Read more…

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Controversy Over Subdivision Proposal Bordering St. Marys River Reaches “Boiling Point”

Pointe Louise Wetland
Pointe Louise Wetland

Concerns over a new housing subdivsion proposal in Sault Ste. Marie have reached the “boiling point” according to an article in SooToday.com. One of the concerns is that a wetland will be heavily impacted and that the 91 septic fields will pollute the St. Marys River. Read more…

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January 23rd, 2013 BPAC Meeting – Complete Information Package

A representative of the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers presents information about the St. Marys River at a Lake Superior Binational Forum meeting held in Sault St. Marie.

The complete information package, including agenda, for the January 23rd St. Marys River Binational Public Advisory Committee meeting is accessible here. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Room BT 202, Essar Convergence Centre, Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Discussion of Canadian aesthetics and the eutrophication BUI assessment is on the agenda.

Looking for more information about the BPAC. Go to their site…

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Thunder Bay RAP Update 2009 – 2012

Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Update 2009 - 2012
The “Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Update 2009 – 2012.” Click the graphic to access the entire report.

The Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Update 2009 – 2012 summarizes progress in addressing environmental issues in the Thunder Bay Harbour area, including the lower Kaministiquia River. The report was published by the Lakehead University Remedial Action Plan (RAP) office in November, 2012. Thanks to former Thunder Bay RAP Coordinator Aaron Nicholson and to all members of the Thunder Bay Public Advisory Committee for their hard work work in developing this report. Access the entire 31 page report…

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Lake Superior “Closed” for Season

The Cason J. Callaway was the last ship to leave Lake Superior for the winter through the Sault locks. The ship was headed for Indiana Harbor at the southern tip of Lake Michigan.

Shipping from Lake Superior to the lower lakes and other parts of the world has ended for the season. The 767-foot Cason J. Callaway, with 25,000 tons of taconite pellets loaded at Two Harbors, Minn., passed through the Poe lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. just after sundown on January 15th. The locks at Sault Ste. Marie are scheduled to reopen on March 25th, 2013. Read more from a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune article…

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January 22nd Webinar – Stream Restoration in the Great Lakes

The Sustain Our Great Lakes Organization will be holding a webinar on January 22nd entitled, “Stream Restoration in the Great Lakes Basin.” The seminar will cover such topics as in-stream structures, natural channel design, project monitoring and evaluation, and associated funding opportunities.  Drawing from stream restoration case studies, experts will share their experiences and lessons learned. The webinar is free of charge. Find out more…

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