Month: October 2014

North Harbour Options Report Available

Approximately 300,000-350,000 cubic metres (a lot) of mercury contaminated, enriched organic sediment is presently sitting on the bottom of Lake Superior within the breakwall in the northernmost section of the Thunder Bay Harbour.

The Thunder Bay North Harbour Project Steering Committee is happy to announce that the Sediment Management Options Evaluation – FINAL REPORT is available for public distribution through the EcoSuperior website.

Please take the time to download and review the report if interested and submit any comments or questions to Jamie Saunders (807-624-2658 or For more information visit It is anticipated that a further round of public consultation meetings and open houses will take place in mid-late October. Stay tuned for more information.

Binational Great Lakes Climate Quarterly (June-Aug 2014) Now Available

It was a colder and wetter summer than usual for the Great Lakes region and Great Lakes water levels have been on the rise.  For a binational overview of the latest season’s weather and water level conditions, weather and water level-related impacts and an outlook for the upcoming quarter take a look at the “Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook: Great Lakes Region”.  This Canada-US climate quarterly newsletter is produced jointly by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Environment Canada, working in collaboration with other U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes partners.  Its geographical scope spans the Great Lakes basin, including the international portion of the St. Lawrence River.  Issues are published in March, June, September and December covering Winter (Dec-Feb); Spring (Mar-May); Summer (Jun-Aug) and Fall (Sep-Nov).

The Great Lakes Climate Quarterly is available from Environment Canada (here). Historic reports and those covering a broader range of regions across the United States avaiable from NOAA (here).

Nipigon PAC Meeting – October 15

Lake Helen
Lake Helen on the Nipigon River

The next meeting of the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan, or cleanup plan, will take place at  7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15 at the Lake Helen Community Resource Centre (map). The general public is welcome to attend and there is no charge.

The meeting topics to be discussed include:

  • A presentation on the Nipigon Bay RAP status update
  • An update regarding development of a stormwater management plan for Nipigon

Previous Minutes – April, 2014
Public Advisory Committee Terms of Reference