April 15, 2017


Photo: Caribou Island, Thunder Bay, Lake Superior

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Live at the Shipyards - April 29th

Support the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra by attending their unique April 29th event at the Port Arthur Shipyards. On Saturday, April 29th, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra presents the event of the year in the most unlikely location. The Port Arthur Shipyards. As the Symphony puts it, "The shipyard’s industrial backdrop provides a unique stage for the musical experience of …

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Canada Ratifies Minimata Convention on Mercury

Mercury collected in schools within the Lake Superior basin with support from the Lake Superior Binational Partnership. Canada announced on April 7th that it has ratified the Minimata Convention, a global agreement to reduce human generated mercury releases to the environment, both in Canada and abroad. A news release from the government of Canada states that, "Exposure to mercury is …

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LU to Host September Climate Change Conference

  Save the date. Lakehead University will host a network of researchers, community workers, academics and government agencies involved in Climate Change adaptation and mitigation for a two day climate change seminar on September 28th and 29th, 2017. The event agenda is currently being developed and will cover a wide range of themes. Keynote speakers will be featured and a …

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April 12, 2017 PAC Meeting

Strong Support for Harbour Habitat Recovery

April 12th Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Public Advisory Committee meeting. If attendance is any measure, there was strong support for measures to increase the quality and quantity of Thunder Bay harbourfront habitat. The room was bursting at the seams as members of the Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan,  joined by members of the Thunder …

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Scientists Puzzled by Rise in Mercury in Great Lakes Fish

Though advisories about toxic mercury in fish have continued in Michigan and the surrounding Great Lakes, with recommendations to limit consumption of certain species to a few times per month, the amount of mercury found in fish tissues has dropped steadily over decades since the 1970s. That corresponded with the reduction of pollution coming from Midwestern smokestacks as regulations tightened, …

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Study looks at the visual capabilities of deep water fish in Lake Superior

The siscowet lake trout is only found in Lake Superior and is the main predator in the deepwater region of the lake. (Photo: Shawn Sitar/Michigan Department of Natural Resources) Lake Superior as compared to the other Great Lakes consists of a relatively simple food web consisting of few major predators and prey fish. The interactions of the predator and prey …

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Lake Superior Water Levels

Lake Superior Water Levels Down

Lake Superior water levels were down more than usual in March. Net water supplies to Lake Superior were below average in March.  The level of Lake Superior fell 5 cm/2 in. last month, while on average the lake declines 1 cm/.39 in. in March. The Lake Superior level at the beginning-of-April is 14 cm/5.5 in. above average, 11 cm/4.3 in. …

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