Month: May 2014

Sediment Committee Meeting – June 5

The Sediment Sub-committee of the Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan, or harbour cleanup plan, will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 5th in Room HS 1029 of the Balmoral Street Centre at Lakehead University. Representatives of Cole Engineering (who presented several cleanup options at a previous meeting) will be in attendance

MEETING OBJECTIVES:

  • Briefly reiterate Sediment Committee recommendations for cleanup of North Harbour mercury contamination
  • Receive related input and information from Cole Engineering, discuss, question, comment
  • Receive and comment upon Cole Engineering presentation regarding decision-making framework for choice of preferred sediment remediation option.

Proceed to the complete meeting package including:

  • agenda
  • directions to the meeting room
  • Sediment Committee recommendations from April 8th meeting
  • Comments of individual Public Advisory Committee members re North Harbour cleanup

Proceed to a wide range of information about North Harbour mercury contamination including the April 8th presentation to the Sediment Committee on cleanup options

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Stream Rehab Seminar – June 11

George Creek Volunteers
Volunteers work on the George Creek Stream Rehabilitation Project at Centennial Park in Thunder Bay, August, 2013.

Water is flowing. Streams are running. Fish are moving.

To celebrate spring, the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan will host a stream rehabilitation seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11th at Centennial Park in Thunder Bay. Everyone is welcome; the seminar is free of charge and will begin with light food and refreshment followed by a brief presentation on the Centennial Park George Creek stream rehabilitation project. The session also includes an overview of other area stream rehabilitation projects and information about potential future projects. Speakers include persons active in the George Creek and other projects. The first portion of the seminar will be held in the Centennial Park Chalet, the second portion will be “hands-on” with an in-person tour of the George Creek project, located just outside the chalet. Please plan to attend. If you would like further information about the seminar please call Remedial Action Plan Coordinator Jim Bailey at 343-8514.

Proceed to the full seminar agenda…

Pictures of the George Creek Project  (flowing into the Current R.)

Pictures of the Kama Creek Project (flowing into Nipigon Bay, L. Superior)

Seminar Objectives:

  • review George Creek and other recently completed stream rehabilitation projects
  • critique positives, negatives, items for improvement
  • identify potential future projects
  • determine “next steps” and who will carry out these steps, in order to continue stream rehabilitation progress.

Stream rehabilitation is carried out to restore streams impacted by development, pollution, rerouting, landscaping, improperly installed culverts and other causes. This work ultimately facilitates unobstructed fish passage and improves habitat.  The George Creek stream rehabilitation project in Thunder Bay was lead by the North Shore Steelhead Association. The George Creek project was funded by the North Shore Steelhead Association, the Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Zone B, the Province of Ontario, the Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem and the Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program, and with the financial support of the Government of Canada. In-kind contributions were received from Lakehead University, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, , Hydro One and the City of Thunder Bay.

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InfoSuperior Podcast Series – Frank Edgson

MAY EDITION
Thursday, May 22nd 2014

Frank Edgson Interview
Jim Bailey, RAP Coordinator, interviews Frank Edgson of the Northshore Steelhead Association, about stream rehabilitation work in the Thunder Bay area.

For the May 2014 edition of InfoSuperior’s podcast series Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Coordinator, Jim Bailey, speaks with Frank Edgson of the Northshore Steelhead Association about stream rehabilitation projects, particularly the formerly degraded George Creek Brook Trout nursery stream which runs through Centennial Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The interview deals with why this particular site was chosen, the challenges faced when undertaking this project and the potential for future projects on other area streams.

To listen to the interview, click the above photo (ensure your volume is turned up).
To view our archived podcasts, click here.

Related Event:
STREAM REHABILITATION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, June 11th from 7 to 9pm – Centennial Park Chalet

Proceed to the full seminar agenda…

 

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Podcast Series – May 2014 Edition

MAY EDITION
Thursday, May 22nd 2014

Frank Edgson Interview

For the May 2014 edition of InfoSuperior’s podcast series Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Coordinator, Jim Bailey, spoke with Frank Edgson of the Northshore Steelhead Association about their involvement in Stream Rehabilitation projects, particularly the Brook Trout nursery stream George Creek which runs through Centennial Park.

The interview deals with questions surrounding why this particular site was chosen, what were some of the challenges the faced with when approaching this rehabilitation and looking at potential future steps.

To listen to the interview, click on the photo above.

Related Event:
STREAM REHABILITATION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, June 11th from 7 to 9pm – Centennial Park Chalet

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Lake Superior Outflows Increased

Compensating Works
The “Compensating Works” on the St. Marys River at the eastern end of Lake Superior. The compensating works control flows from Lake Superior. Photo: J. Bailey/infosuperior.com
The International Lake Superior Board of Control recently increased the total outflow from Lake Superior through the St. Marys River. As is typical for this time of year, the outflow is expected to continue increasing over the summer months before beginning to decline in the fall. To allow for the increase in outflow, the flow through the gated dam at the head of the St. Marys Rapids, known as the Compensating Works, also was increased.  – Read More…

 

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Huge Terrace Bay Land Purchase by Thunder Bay Field Naturalists

Terrace Bay Land Purchase
The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists have purchased a huge piece of land and 15 islands near Terrace Bay.

The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists (TBFN) have purchased a huge piece of land in the vicinity of Terrace Bay, Ontario after the land appeared on the market in conjunction with sale of assets of the former Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. mill. The organization purchased over 1200 acres on the mainland as well as 15 very rugged, small islands close to Terrace Bay.

TBFN representatives say the challenge now is to pay for the land. This is the largest purchase ever made by TBFN which had already purchased lands including Hare Island near Thunder Cape and Paradise Island on the south side of St. Ignace Island. Click here to find out how you can contribute.

The map above outlines in red the parcels purchased by TBFN.  The Casque Isles Hiking Trail going through this parcel is marked with a dotted green line (this is the Lyda Bay segment of the trail).   The large parcel lying on the east side of Hydro Bay and over almost to the Aguasabon River is over 1200 acres.  In addition TBFN purchased 15 small islands lying in Hydro Bay and extending along the coast to the eastern boundary of the Town of Terrace Bay. Most of these islands are shown on the map but a few lie much further to the east and are off the map.  The two parcels are adjacent to each other and  represent an incredible package of protection/conservation for this area.

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Thunder Bay PAC Meeting – May 14

Thunder Bay Public Advisory Committee
Members of the Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan, or harbour cleanup plan, met May 14th at Lakehead University. Members considered recommendations made by their “Sediment Sub-committee” as to how best to cleanup mercury contamination in Thunder Bay Harbour.

 

The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan met on  May 14th at Lakehead University. The key item on the agenda was a discussion of PAC Sediment Sub-Committee recommendations as to the best option for cleanup of mercury contamination in the northern portion of Thunder Bay Harbour. PAC members voted solidly in favour of the following Sediment Sub-committee recommendations:

1. Ensure contaminant source control / environmental security of the onshore, former mill site
2. The favoured cleanup option is on-site contaminant disposal in a new Confined Disposal Facility utilizing the existing lagoons at the former mill site
3. Effort should be made to achieve synergies or co-benefits;
     -at a minimum these synergies should include soft engineering for habitat but could also include recreational, industrial or other benefits
4. Upon completion of cleanup, it should be possible to utilize the site for other purposes, which may include:
     -Habitat enhancement / fish and wildlife use
     -Recreation
     -Commercial or Industrial use
5. There should be public access to the remediated site.
Cole Engineering representatives will meet with the PAC Sediment Sub-committee again in early June.

Supporting Documentation:

 

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