Thanks to everyone who participated in the May 30th Cloud Lake open house at Blake Hall in the Municipality of Neebing near Thunder Bay, Ontario. Thanks also to volunteer Tom Kleinboeck, Lakehead University graduate student Nathan Wilson and university representative Jason Freeborn for the excellent information about this summer’s project to gather data quantifying Cloud Lake and River environmental conditions. Thanks to Neebing Councillor Brian Wright and wife Laurel, with the support of Neebing Council, for setting up the event. More pictures from the open house event are available here.
The purpose of the Cloud Lake research project is to gather information to provide a report card on the overall health of the lake. The project will gather information about water quality, fish populations/habitat, algae and shoreline health. Based on findings, overall intent is to provide outreach materials and recommendations to shoreline residents about practices that can be adopted to make the lake even more enjoyable. This includes potentially improving water quality and the fishery.
All of the comments made at the open house are highly valued and will be of assistance as the project moves forward. If you have any comments, personal observations, or suggestions about the draft Cloud Lake report linked above, please contact Jim Bailey at Lakehead University – 343-8514 or jfbailey at lakeheadu.ca . If you have any other comments, questions or concerns, project organizers would also be glad to hear from you, whether you attended the open house or not. If you live on the lake and have an interest in participating in (or even observing from your own boat) the water quality sampling and fish community index netting that will be carried out, please let us know and arrangements can be made regarding upcoming environmental monitoring activities.
This project was developed by a group of volunteers involved in an organization called Superior Streams. The purpose of Superior Streams is to gain a better understanding of environmental conditions in area waterways and if possible, endeavour to improve conditions, where warranted. The Thunder Bay Stewardship Council (a group of volunteers working on a variety of environmental projects) cooperated to make this project a reality. These groups will be involved in various stages of the project as it progresses. Funds to make this project possible have been provided by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Lakehead University is coordinating the Cloud Lake project and university staff and students will be conducting the research. Lakehead University representatives will be assisted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in order to gain a better understanding of the Cloud Lake fish community and by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change who will assist in water quality research.
After collection of this summer’s field data, work to develop a summary and conclusions will be continued in the fall. This work will likely be completed by next winter when it will be shared with Cloud Lake and area residents.
Meanwhile, further information about Cloud Lake project activity will be forthcoming over the summer and Infosuperior will be periodically updated as information about the project becomes available. Feel free to contact Jim Bailey at 343-8514 or jfbailey at lakeheadu.ca anytime.