Month: February 2015

Thunder Bay PAC Meeting – Wed., March 11

A report on the status of fish populations and habitat in Thunder Bay will be provided at the March 11th meeting of the Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan. The photo above shows kayakers taking a first-hand look at “Sanctuary Island” habitat creation project near the mouth of McVicar Creek in Thunder Bay Harbour. The purpose of this successful Remedial Action Plan project was to create nursery habitat for fish.

The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan, or harbour cleanup plan, will meet at  7 p.m. on March 11th at the Balmoral Street Centre on the Lakehead University campus (Room: HS 1029). Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.

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Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect the Great Lakes

The government of Ontario is introducing legislation aimed at protecting the Great Lakes. All of the Great Lakes, including Superior, are covered by the proposed legislation but “nutrients” from substances like agricultural fertilizers and phosphorous from sewage treatment plants get special attention. The lower lakes, especially Lake Erie, have been heavily impacted by nutrients causing large-scale algae blooms. Impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes are also included. The Ontario Government says that, if passed, the new legislation would:

  • Help fight climate change, reduce harmful algal blooms, and protect wetlands and other coastal areas.
  • Monitor and report on the health of the lakes.
  • Bring people together to take action on priority issues.
  • Build on Ontario’s leadership in protecting the Great Lakes, including the Great Lakes Strategy and partnerships with Canada, Quebec, U.S.A., and the Great Lakes states.

Read more about the proposed legislation.

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NIPIGON BAY PAC MEETING – FEBRUARY 18TH

Nipigon Bay
A satellite photo of Nipigon Bay on Lake Superior.

The next meeting of the Public Advisory Committee to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP) will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 18th in the Community Resource Centre (main hall) at Lake Helen, Ontario. The general public is welcome to attend and the meeting is free of charge. Click here for the meeting agenda.

Presentations about sea lamprey control will be made at the meeting by Lakehead University Masters student and former Nipigon Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staffer Kathy Sakamoto and also by Paul Sullivan of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Paul has been invited to speak but is not yet confirmed.

Additionally, methods for making the general public aware of the Nipigon Bay RAP Completion Report and for soliciting public comment into the report will be discussed. The report is the culminating RAP document outlining environmental restoration efforts and conditions in Nipigon Bay and the Nipigon River. The Public Advisory Committee has already provided review and comments about the document which will soon become available to the general public.

Other information related to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan:

 

 

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