Ice cover on Lake Superior near-record lows

Ice cover on the Great Lakes is at a near-record low (<10% coverage vs. 80% in 2015), thanks to the January thaw.  This has been the warmest Superior has been in 16 years, and it has contributed to some of the lowest lake ice coverage on record for this winter season. As of January 30, […]

Lake Substrate Critical Component of Fish Habitat

Fish and wildlife habitat was the central topic of discussion at a February 8th meeting of the Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan, or harbour cleanup plan. Thunder Bay fish and wildlife habitat has been degraded by urban and industrial waterfront development. Lake Superior lake bottom and shoreline habitat, as well […]

New Interactive Map and Data Tool for Canadian Streams

  GO DIRECTLY TO THE MAPPING TOOL. Based on data collection carried out by Lakehead University Geography and the Environment student Nathan Wilson, assisted by Natural Resources Management students Brent Straughan and Sara Cockhill, the online tool includes information about 50 streams, including the following parameters: mapped stream location graphic definition of the stream’s sub-watershed water […]

Landmark: Ontario Commits to Mercury Cleanup

“On behalf of the Province of Ontario, we are completely committed to working with all partners to identify all potentially contaminated sites, and to creating and implementing a comprehensive remediation action plan for the English Wabigoon River.” These are the words of the Province of Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, David Zimmer, contained […]

IJC Seeks Public Input at Sault Ste. Marie – March 2

The International Joint Commission will be holding meetings in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to hear how the public views progress in work to clean up the Great Lakes. Meeting location, date and time is as follows: March 2, 2017 – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Delta Waterfront Hotel, Algoma East Ballroom 208 St. Mary’s River Drive […]

Wind, Speed, Ice and Lake Superior

Lots of wind but a bit gusty…wait for it! (33″ clip). Ice boating on the Canadian side of Lake Superior. Pie Island in the distance. January, 2017. Ice boating has a long history on Lake Superior, both in Canada and USA. In the Thunder Bay area ice boats have been around for at least 60 […]

Lake Superior In Ojibwe – Anishinaabewi-gichigami

Interested in languages and culture? One language, and indeed a culture, encompasses all of  Lake Superior, on both the Canadian and U.S. sides. This culture pre-dates colonization and is Ojibwe. The “Decolonial Atlas” is a website which maps the Great Lakes region, with all locations written in Ojibwe. Additionally, the site provides a list of […]

Habitat Theme for Thunder Bay PAC Meeting – February 8th

The  map viewer above displays several RAP habitat and cleanup projects in Thunder Bay Harbour. Click here if you would like to open the full viewer in a new tab. The February 8th meeting of the Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP) or harbour cleanup plan, will focus on Thunder […]

Report on Wildlife Deformities and Reproduction Impairments Available for Comment

After completing substantial research, organizations involved in Thunder Bay harbour cleanup are recommending that “Bird or Animal Deformities or Reproduction Problems” be removed from the list of local concerns. Thunder Bay’s harbour was listed as one of over forty environmental “Areas of Concern” around the Great Lakes in 1987 under the Canada – U.S. Great […]

Environment Canada Great Lakes Videos

Environment and Climate Change Canada recently released a series of short videos with a common theme – the Great Lakes. There are three videos in total, each only a couple of minutes long. Enjoy. According to Environment Canada, the videos highlight the importance of the Great Lakes for their economic, recreational and natural value. Video […]