July 19 – Lake Superior Water Levels – Public Teleconference – Webinar

  Lake Superior water levels on your mind? IJC’s International Lake Superior Board of Control invites you to its teleconference-webinar on regulation of Lake Superior outflows and water levels in the Upper Great Lakes!  Members of the public are invited to participate in a teleconference-webinar to discuss regulation of Lake Superior outflows and water levels […]

August 3rd – Keweenaw Peninsula Stamp Sands Dredging Public Meeting

6 P.M., Thursday, August 3rd Lake Linden High School Hubbell, Michigan (just north of Houghton) A public meeting about Lake Superior dredging of “stamp sands” (mine tailings) from historical copper mining on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula will be held at the above date and time. Stamp sands have migrated onto important Lake Superior spawning habitat such […]

Peninsula Harbour Monitoring

Elevated levels of mercury and PCBs in sediment and fish contributed to Peninsula Harbour being designated as one of several Great Lakes “Areas of Concern.” Peninsula Harbour is the main harbour at Marathon, Ontario on Lake Superior. Mercury contamination resulted from historic discharges associated with the pulp and paper industry, specifically a chlor-alkali plant producing […]

Lake Superior Partnership Members Converge in Thunder Bay

June 21st and 22nd meetings in Thunder Bay let Lake Superior speak. The lake was given voice by representatives of agencies from around Lake Superior, working to implement environmental restoration and protection through Lake Superior’s Lakewide Action and Management Plan. The Lake Superior Partnership is just that, a team effort to ensure continued environmental quality […]

Phragmites: Lake Superior’s newest invasive species

Recently, Lake Superior has become host to another unwelcome visitor: the invasive Phragmites, an aggressive reed which is tall, perennial, and chokes wetland habitats. While they’ve posed major problems in the lower Great Lakes for some time, the spread of Phragmites have only lately become problematic in Lake Superior. (photo credit: Ontario Phragmites Working Group)       What’s […]

Permanent Swimming Advisories at Three TBay Beaches

On Wednesday, June 28, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit announced that three Thunder Bay beaches would have permanent swimming advisory notices. Boulevard Lake main beach and two Chippewa Park beaches will have the advisories installed this summer due to their histories of higher E.coli levels. Previously, temporary signs would advise people not to swim […]

Lake Superior Day Events 2017

Held every third Sunday in July, Lake Superior Day started in the early 1990s by a group of Lake Superior area residents who sought to celebrate the body of water that dominates and defines our region. Other organizations and communities followed with festivities of their own and created Lake Superior Day(s), even events which span […]

Scientists Meet Citizens in Terrace Bay

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)  recently suggested that scientists working near Terrace Bay meet with local residents. ECCC field crew members were joined by an Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC)  Great Lakes Environmental Scientist. The result was a unique learning experience for local residents during a June 21st gathering. Area […]

Lake Superior Action Plan presented in Nipigon (June 22)

On June 22, the Nipigon Bay Public Advisory Committee met to receive an update on the status of the Area of Concern. Twenty-one people were in attendance representing a wide variety of environmental interests that included Chief Ed Wawia and representatives of the Red Rock Indian Band, Lakehead University, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment […]

Water Level Woes

Let’s talk water levels. Despite growing concern over low water levels in recent years, the Great Lakes are seeing record highs and coastal flooding in 2017. There has been talk among residents and the scientific community that low flows are a sign of climate change. So how do we contextualize the extreme spike in water […]