Thunder Bay Harbour Contamination Raises Questions

On June 7, 2017 the Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan met. After introductions and a review of the previous meeting minutes the group moved on to the following agenda items: North Harbour Contamination (presentation) Jim Bailey provided an overview of mercury and other contaminated material in Thunder Bay North Harbour […]

Want to sail Superior this summer?

If you’re looking to participate in sail racing this summer, the Duluth Keel Club has a message board looking to connect race boat owners with crews, and crews with race boats. Applicants are asked to send a message to the Keel Club so it can be posted on their website. The keel club asks applicants […]

Lake Superior Makes Legal History

  DULUTH, Minn., May 16, 1969, NYTimes — “The role of politics in pollution was highlighted in the recent Federal hearings here on the potential pollution of Lake Superior, the vast 31,820-square-mile expanse of blue water that is, from a practical stand-point, the last of the uncontaminated Great Lakes…” This is the opening line of […]

Trump budget proposal axes Great Lakes funding in 2018

On May 22, the Trump administration released its budget proposal for 2018. It does not include any funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The budget proposal was initially submitted to Congress on March 16. On page 87, the budget files US Environmantal Protection Agency “Geographic Programs” as an elimination, transferring the responsibility for […]

Saxon Harbor’s flood-damage relief plan

More than 10 inches of rain fell on Saxon Harbor on July 11-12 last year, an area on Lake Superior on the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Duluth News Tribune reported that $1.375 million in funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be dedicated to dredging and repairing the flood-damaged harbour. The […]

June 22 Nipigon Bay PAC Meeting Features Lakewide Action Plan

The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan will meet at 7 p.m. on June 22nd in the Red Rock Marina Interpretive Centre in Red Rock, Ontario. Anyone interested in the environmental health of Lake Superior and its surrounding watershed is welcome to attend. The meeting is free of charge. Rob […]

North Harbour Contamination Topic of June 7 PAC Meeting

The Public Advisory Committee for the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan will be holding a meeting on June 7, 2017 at Lakehead University. Remedial Action Plans deal with environmental impairments in Areas of Concern on the Great Lakes. This includes chemical, physical, and biological degradation resulting in pollution and impacts to habitat. The June 7th […]

Coping with Changing Great Lakes Water Levels

University of Michigan (Taubman College, Ann Arbor) reports that a multidisciplinary team of researchers have developed planning methods around land use and development decisions for Great Lakes coastal communities. The methods are meant to address unpredictably fluctuating water levels and increasing storms. The coastal management techniques are aimed at communities of Great Lakes landowners who […]

Monitoring E.Coli in Urban Waters and Beaches

Water quality at swimming beaches has been a long-standing concern around the Great Lakes. Even in the cooler waters of Superior at Thunder Bay, ON, beaches like Chippewa often have swimming advisories lasting days on end. In fact, the City of Thunder Bay is now encouraging swimmers to move from Chippewa to nearby nearby Sandy […]

$20M in US federal funding for Great Lakes Research

The University of Michigan reportedĀ on May 17 that they’ll receive a five year, $20 million grant from the U.S. federal government to form the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR). The funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. U of M will pledge $2.35 million to the institute over the five-year cooperative […]