An action plan for Lake Superior restoration and protection was released by the governments of Canada and USA on September 21st. The document, nearly 100 pages in length, outlines steps for environmental action and management of the Lake Superior ecosystem, including its surrounding watershed. Actions outlined in the document dovetail with goals outlined in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the over-arching agreement between Canada and USA for Great Lakes restoration and protection. The document was developed by staff working in federal, provincial, state and tribal agencies around Lake Superior. Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry all contributed to the plan.
The document lays out actions and projects for Superior, including those locations designated as “Areas of Concern”, like Thunder Bay, Nipigon Bay and Peninsula Harbour. (Jackfish Bay, formerly an Area of Concern, was designated as being “in recovery” in 2011.)
The document contains chapters outlining environmental objectives for Lake Superior, current environmental conditions, threats to Superior, programs which monitor the health of the Superior ecosystem, science and monitoring priorities, and cooperative strategies between Canada and USA to meet objectives.