Month: May 2013

Public can still comment on controversial pipeline to Lake Superior

Public can still comment on controversial pipeline to Lake Superior: “As reported in the Free Press April 14, Enbridge is seeking federal approval to nearly double the capacity of oil shipped on Line 67, a 36-inch diameter line that runs 1,000 miles from the western Canadian oil sands region east to Superior, Wis., on the shores of Lake Superior. If approved, the pipe could ship up to 880,000 barrels of oil per day.”

(Via Lake Superior News.)

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Nipigon Bay PAC Meeting – June 13th

Nipigon

The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13th in “The Vault” restaurant at 51 Salls St. in Red Rock. Proceed to the meeting agenda and complete information package. The general public is welcome to attend and there is no charge. The Objectives of the meeting are as follows:

A. Provide further PAC input on the Walleye Fishery Report presented by Terry Marshall at the March 26th meeting.

B. Finalize the draft Delisting Criteria for Beneficial Use Impairments, also finalize associated PAC meeting schedule

C. Receive input on plans to implement a Stormwater Management Plan in Nipigon.

 

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RAP Visits Thunder Bay Yacht Club

The Thunder Bay Yacht Club Burgee. A presentation about Harbour Cleanup was made to the Yacht Club executive on May 21st, 2013.
The Thunder Bay Yacht Club Burgee. A presentation about Harbour Cleanup was made to the Club executive on May 21st, 2013. MORE PICTURES.

The Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan visited Thunder Bay Yacht Club on May 21st to make a presentation to the Club’s executive. The presentation focused on plans for Thunder Bay Harbour cleanup and aquatic habitat restoration. The boaters, most of whom use the harbour for recreation on almost a daily basis, have a thorough knowledge of the harbour.

Yacht Club executive members expressed keen interest in cleanup and also in broader Lake Superior issues like water levels. The result, a call to the RAP Office the day after the presentation asking if the Yacht Club could join the Public Advisory Committee. The answer is yes. The Remedial Action Plan is very pleased to have been invited to speak at the meeting. Public Advisory Committee and Remedial Action Plan Team members look forward to the depth of local knowledge and Lake Superior experience which will be provided by Yacht Club members.

If you wonder how often Thunder Bay Yacht Club members are really on the water, take a look at their sailboat racing schedule.

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Thunder Bay PAC Meeting – May 8th

PAC Members at the Bare Point Water Intake Plant Rain Garden
Members of the Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan view the rain garden at Thunder Bay’s Bare Point water intake plant during a tour of the facility prior to their May 8th meeting. View pictures of the tour…

The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan met May 8th at the City of Thunder Bay Bare Point water treatment plant. Go directly to the agenda and complete meeting information package.

Activity began at 6 p.m. with a tour of the water intake plant, followed by the PAC meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting dealt with reaction to the environmental and human health risk assessment report for North Harbour mercury contamination and plans for enhanced aquatic habitat near the former Northern Wood Preservers site. At the meeting, PAC members also voted to remove “aesthetics” from the list of problems in Thunder Bay Harbour. After touring the harbour by tugboat last fall they said that slicks, scums, foams, and objectionable odours in the harbour no longer existed, in part due to upgrades in effluent treatment processes for the City of Thunder Bay and various waterfront industries.

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