Month: December 2013

Interview with Rolf Peterson regarding the status of Isle Royale wolves

A great interview with Dr. Rolf Peterson (a retired professor from Michigan Tech) describes the status of the wolf population on Isle Royale. The predator-prey dynamic on Isle Royale between moose and wolves is the world’s longest wildlife study on either species since it’s inception in 1958.  With issues of inbreeding the fate of Isle Royale wolves is unknown.

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Will Copper Pots Destroy Lake Superior?

The proposed mine would be open-pit, similar to this one seen here in Russia (Photo credit: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)
The proposed mine would be open-pit, similar to this one seen here in Russia (Photo credit: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

A recent article by Adam Pinter discusses the potential mining proposal by PolyMet Mining Corp. to extract metals, such as nickel and copper from the “Duluth Complex” – which is located in northern Minnesota surrounded by various rivers and streams which flow into Lake Superior.

To read more about the proposed mining project, click HERE.

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Podcast Series – December 2013 Edition

DECEMBER EDITION

Monday, December 16th 2013

Jim Bailey, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator interviews Dr. Rob Stewart on his work with Lake Superior and involvement with the Remedial Action Plan.
Jim Bailey, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator interviews Dr. Rob Stewart on his work with Lake Superior and involvement with the Remedial Action Plan.

For our inaugural edition, Dr. Rob Stewart of Lakehead University spoke with us regarding his work with Lake Superior.  In addition to his role as a professor at Lakehead University, Dr. Stewart is also the head of the Lakehead University Remedial Action Plan Office which deals with environmental issues surrounding the North Shore of Lake Superior. Dr. Stewart elaborates on his involvement with the Remedial Action Plan and what it is and some of his personal work and experiences on Lake Superior! 

To listen to the podcast, please click on the above photo for a link to the interview!

For more information about Dr. Rob Stewart and his research, see HERE.

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Lake Superior: A New Bakken/Alberta Crude Route?

Bulk Carrier
A buik carrier passes north of Isle Royale, Michigan on Lake Superior.

Plans to ship Alberta tar sands oil and oil from the gargantuan North Dakota Bakken shale oil play are proceeding quickly. Approval is expected within a matter of days for a revamped shipping dock in Superior, Wisconsin. The  dock proposal to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was put forward by Elkhorn Industries of Superior, Wisconsin.

Oil has been shipped on the Great Lakes for decades but the oil industry push in both Canada and USA to expand access to refineries and the market could raise Lake Superior and Great Lakes oil shipments dramatically.

Read a related December 13th, 2013 article from Canada’s Financial Post…

Previous Infosuperior posts about shipping oil on Lake Superior…

 

 

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Climate change and the Upper Great Lakes Whitefish Fishery

 

One fish, two fish, where fish for whitefish? The Fisheries Blog explores the effects of climate change on whitefish populations in the Upper Great Lakes (Photo Source: The Fisheries Blog)
One fish, two fish, where fish for whitefish? The Fisheries Blog explores the effects of climate change on whitefish populations in the Upper Great Lakes (Photo Source: The Fisheries Blog)

A recent post by Abigail Lynch on “The Fisheries Blog”, discusses the effects of climate change on the commercial whitefish fishery in the Upper Great Lakes.  Click HERE to read the article.

The Fisheries Blog is a blog written by five fisheries biologists along with posts from guest authors, who publish material in a variety of scientific journals along with various popular articles, write reviews and other fish related content. Definitely a great fisheries resource!

If you would like to sign up for a weekly e-mail news blast, you can sign up on the right hand side of their home page! Just type your email into the space provided and submit!

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MN Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Science Symposium

This two day symposium will bring researchers and resource managers together to share current relevant research and help create a shared strategic vision for the future watershed health and management of Lake Superior Tributaries, and do this within the State Watershed Management Framework.

Participants will identify and prioritize the most important stressors on Lake Superior tributaries. These priorities will help direct future research, management, funding, and decisions on wise use of limited resources to best benefit tributaries. In addition, the symposium will provide guidance for planners, managers and coastal communities on incorporating scientific information and cost-effectiveness into planning and management decisions that maintain or improve watershed health and biotic integrity.

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, January 7-8, 2014

Where: University of Minnesota Duluth, Kirby Ballroom

This two full day event will start at 9:00 am on Tuesday January 7th, and at 8:30 am Wednesday January 8th. The event will end by 5:00 pm each day, with a Poster Social from 5-6 pm on January 7th. Registration includes lunch and refreshments on both days. 

Registration by January 1, 2014 is $65 per person
Registration on January 2, 2014 or after is $137.49 per person

Advanced registration refunds can be made until 12:00 noon CST on 1/2/14 by contacting LRCandD@gmail.com or Paul Sandstrom at (218) 340-4605. No refunds can be made after that time unless the event is cancelled due to inclement weather. 

For additional information on the event or alternative registration methods call Paul Sandstrom at (218) 340-4605 or email LRCandD@gmail.com.

For further information click HERE.

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Prescription Drugs Entering the Great Lakes at Alarming Rates

A new report by the International Joint Commission (IJC) has revealed that approximately half of prescription drugs and other newly developed contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants.

Among the various chemicals being that are detect, 6 are most likely to appear and have a low rate of removal: a herbicide, an anti-seizure drug, two antibiotic drugs, an antibacterial drug and an anti-inflammatory drug.

6 most commonly encountered prescription drugs in the Great Lakes due to their low removal rates at sewage treatment plants.
6 most commonly encountered prescription drugs in the Great Lakes due to their low removal rates at sewage treatment plants.

For more, CLICK HERE for the article written by Brian Bienkowski.

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