The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will be holding two open house events focused on the Camp 43 Dam on the Black Sturgeon River. The Black Sturgeon River flows into Black Bay on Lake Superior, some 65 km. east of Thunder Bay.
The eventual fate of the old Camp 43 Dam has been an extremely controversial topic for several years and has attracted local attention in the Nipigon and Thunder Bay area as well as attention from the U.S. side of Lake Superior. Potential entry of sea lamprey into waters above the dam has been a central point of contention and organizations like the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission have been part of discussions.
Information about the open house events follows:
-Nipigon Curling Club, January 31, 2017, from 3-7 pm
-Oliver Road Community Centre, Thunder Bay, February 02, 2017, from 3-7 pm.
MNRF is seeking input on a draft Environmental Study Report which outlines 5 possible alternatives for the Camp 43 dam. Objectives for the dam include:
• Ensuring public safety by bringing the Camp 43 Dam site into compliance with Ontario Dam Safety Guidelines to protect downstream infrastructure;
• Achieving ecological, economic and social/recreational benefits by rehabilitating self-sustaining native fish populations (walleye and lake sturgeon) in Black Bay and Black Sturgeon River;
• Protecting Great Lakes fisheries and inland waterways and meeting international obligations through continued sea lamprey control in the Black Sturgeon watershed, and;
• Maintaining ecological integrity in Black Sturgeon River Provincial Park.
MNRF Staff will be available at the open house events to discuss the project and park amendment.
Black Sturgeon River Camp 43 Dam Project Information on Ontario’s Environmental Registry