Month: January 2014

New MNR Species at Risk Mapping Tool

Screen shot of MNR online mapping tool that allows users to determine what at-risk species are present in their area.
Screen shot of MNR online mapping tool that allows users to determine what at-risk species are present in their area.

What do the bald eagle, lake sturgeon, wolverine and Pitcher’s thistle all have in common?

… They are all species at rick located in the Thunder Bay area.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has developed an online mapping tool that allows users to determine what at-risk species are present in their area of Ontario.

Click on the screen shot about to link to the MNR online mapping tool.

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Lake Superior Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report

View of Sleeping Giant from Hillcrest Park in Thunder Bay, ON. Photo credit: Jim Bailey
View of Sleeping Giant from Hillcrest Park in Thunder Bay, ON. Photo credit: Jim Bailey

The Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan has released the final report on Lake Superior Climate Change:Impacts and Adaptation.

This report synthesizes available science and identifies adaptation strategies and actions for Lake Superior ecosystems. This information will inform future binational lakewide strategies under the Lakewide Action and Management Plan. The Report provides a structure to track and share climate science related to Lake Superior, and contributes to our shared commitment to assemble, assess and report on existing scientific information concerning Lake Superior.

Click here for the PDF of the report

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Lake Superior Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report Released

Lake Superior Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
“Lake Superior Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation” front cover.

The Lake Superior Binational Program has released a new document entitled, “Lake Superior Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation.”

This Report synthesizes available science and identifies adaptation strategies and actions for Lake Superior ecosystems. This information will inform future binational lakewide strategies under the Lakewide Action and Management Plan. The information will also help and inform the work of organizations on climate change adaptation activities and actions.  In addition, US states, tribal or federal agencies can consider incorporating these strategies and actions into Great Lakes Regional Initiative state/tribal Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan capacity grants.

The Report provides a structure to track and share climate science related to Lake Superior, and contributes to the shared commitment to assemble, assess and report on existing scientific information concerning Lake Superior.

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Dock Project for Shipping Oil Across L. Superior Stopped

Superior, Wisconsins project site
Superior, Wisconsin at the extreme western tip of L. Superior where a proposal is pending for dock improvements in order to ship oil in bulk carriers across L. Superior.

 

A proposal to rehabilitate and improve a waterfront dock in Superior, Wisconsin in order to ship oil in bulk carriers across Lake Superior has been halted pending completion of a comprehensive environmental assessment. It had been widely anticipated that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources would approve the proposal by Elkhorn Industries. Read more in a Northland News Centre article…

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Thunder Bay PAC Meeting – January 8th, 2014

January 9th, 2014 Thunder Bay PAC Meeting
Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Public Advisory Committee members meet at Lakehead University on January 8th, 2014

Access the agenda, presentations and complete meeting information package for the January 8th meeting here.

Meeting topics:

  • annual meeting including election of officers, review of progress
  • presentation on bird and animal deformities by Environment Canada
  • presentation by Earthcare Thunder Bay about their Water Working Group
  • presentation by the Council of Canadians about their “Blue Communities Initiative.”

 

 

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