Month: March 2013

Lake Superior Symposium

The Lake Superior Symposium will be held on May 4th at the Prince Arthur Hotel in Thunder Bay, Ontario
The Lake Superior Symposium will be held on May 4th at the Prince Arthur Hotel in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Lake Superior Discovery Place invites you to attend the first annual Lake Superior Symposium at Thunder Bay’s historic Prince Arthur Hotel from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday May 4th, 2013. Regionally Lake Superior represents our southern most border and brings us together in many ways. The goal of this Symposium is to celebrate that!

Our mandate as a volunteer organization is to bring “like-minded” people together who are connected to Lake Superior through both commerce and leisure; to unify an understanding of the lake and its watershed; and to create a learning opportunity. This half-day event will bring together regional communities to focus on new and upcoming trends in commerce, tourism, ecology, and to celebrate our collective history.

With the advent of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (LSNMCA), our region has an opportunity to discuss new opportunities and to view the significance of the area in which we choose to live. Dr Harvey Lemelin, Lakehead University Research Chair in Parks and Protected Areas with Lake University Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department will speak on regional perspectives of the area relate to economic development potential and tourism research he has conducted specifically on the Marine Conservation Area. Mr. Greg Stroud, Visitor Experience Manager with LSNMCA will share his area of responsibility and also compare how the conservation area relates to other areas across Canada.

With a regional focus, Lake Superior Discovery Place, through this networking opportunity hopes that together we can address common barriers and challenges to nurture, grow and develop the full potential of where we live. Consider attending and send us a message that you are coming.



The Outreach Committee of the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP) meets at 1:30 p.m. on April 2nd in the Lakehead University RAP Office, RC – 3000. The first part of the meeting will focus on review, input and suggestions for the Infosuperior website. Original Infosuperior supporters Environment Canada, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and EcoSuperior have been invited to attend.The second part of the meeting will be dedicated to outreach plans for the April 10th PAC meeting where a representative of Franz Environmental will present the Thunder Bay North Harbour ecological/human health risk assessment report.

Lake Superior Shipping Season Opens

New Lake Sueprior shipping season opens for 2013
A vessel moves through ice in the Sault locks.

The Paul R. Tregurtha was the first vessel to pass upbound through the Sault locks to enter Lake Superior for the new 2013 season. The vessel entered Lake Superior on March 25th bound for Superior, Wisconsin. Foreign vessels are expected within about a week.  Read more about vessel traffic, low water levels and concerns about dredging in an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Related article – first ship arrives in Thunder Bay.


Nipigon PAC Meeting – 7 p.m., March 26th

Wetlands, Nipigon R. Mouth
Wetlands, Nipigon River Mouth. Photo by Nipigon Bay PAC Chair D. Crawford.

The Public Advisory Committee to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 26th in the Rotary Room of the Nipigon Hospital. The public is welcome to attend; refreshments will be served.

Meeting Objectives:
A. Receive Terry Marshall Report on Walleye Fishery/Associated Discussion
B. Receive Eric Berglund Presentation on Nipigon Bay AOC Fish Community Monitoring/Associated Discussion
C. Receive Town of Red Rock Update on Plans for Secondary Wastewater Treatment from Kal Pristanski, Town of Red Rock/Associated Discussion
D. Receive Update on Nipigon Secondary Treatment Plant Operation from Geoff Aitken, Town of Nipigon/Associated Discussion
E. Plan Process to Address Nipigon Bay Beneficial Use Impairments, especially “Next Steps” regarding Delisting Criteria.

RAP Open House – March 18th, 2013

Mathew Child, IJC during CBC Interview
Mathew Child of the International Joint Commission is interviewed by CBC Radio at the March 18th RAP Open House. Click here to view the entire series of RAP Open House Photos

RAP Open House Presenters:

Mathew Child, International Joint Commission
Brad Doff, Smart Greening

RAP Open House

The state of contamination and pollution problems in the Thunder Bay Harbour, and the efforts to remediate them, will be brought into the spotlight Monday March 18th at the North Shore Remedial Action Plan’s Open House. Join us for an informative and inspiring evening! Learn about stormwater, low impact development, green infrastructure, and what you can do to reduce the impacts of stormwater in our urban and natural environments. Together we can transform the landscape in Thunder Bay to protect our homes, our environment, and Lake Superior. Click here to learn more about this event.