February 1, 2019


Photo:  Thank you Kristi Fritsvold of Jordan, MN. Clouds billow over the frigid waters of Lake Superior a couple miles north of Gooseberry Falls on the morning of January 26. 

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Next Steps for North Harbour - February 5th - 7pm

A special meeting regarding the next steps forward for cleanup of contamination in the north portion of Thunder Bay Harbour will be presented at 7 p.m., February 5th, in the Faculty Lounge at Lakehead University. Roger Santiago (Environment and Climate Change Canada) and Tera Yochim Hope (Transport Canada) of the North Harbour Steering Committee will be presenting on the next …

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Soo Locks Close for Seasonal Maintenance

The last vessel to traverse through the Soo Locks for the 2018-2019 shipping season was Motor Vessel Manitoulin. (Photo by Michelle Briggs) As ice coverage impedes lake transport, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closes up the Soo locks to navigation in order to complete critical annual maintenance on the MacArthur and Poe Locks. They will pump all water out …

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Watching Climate Change: Polar Vortex Hits Great Lakes

A swirling polar vortex is depicted by the Goddard Earth Observing System Model on Jan 29, 2019. (Photo: NASA Earth Observatory) What Does the Polar Vortex Really Indicate? For much of the Great Lakes region that has been caught up in a polar vortex this past week it may not seem like the climate is warming. But NASA shows that …

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Great Video Places Spotlight on Legendary Fishing in Nipigon River

The Male brook trout (Salvelinus Fontinalis); illustrated by Sherman Foote Denton (1856-1937) from Game Birds and Fishes of North America (1913). (Photo: By Rawpixel - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64762470) Learn what makes the Nipigon River the ideal fishing spot, plus some interesting history about the 1800s fishing tourism scene on the Nipigon River, in this enchanting little video …

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Sustainable Agriculture in the Great Lakes Region

Conservation Integral to Great Lakes Agriculture The great lakes region is home to some of the most fertile soil in both Canada and the United States, and that soil brings in substantial monetary benefits. But farming has the potential to endanger aquatic environments due to the phosphorus and extra sediment in agricultural runoff. Phosphorus is known to increase the production …

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Flotsam and Jetsam...

• Feb 5: First of Three Lighthouse Speaker Series presentations in Thunder Bay, ON

• Register by Feb 6: Canadian Council on Invasive Species 4th Annual Invasive Species Conference

• IAGLR abstracts deadline extended to Feb 11 for U.S. Federal Government employees

• Proposals deadline extended to Feb 12: 2019 NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Regional Partnership Grants

• Feb 19-21: Wisconsin Wetlands Science Conference

• Webinar Feb 21, 11:00am CST: Financing Climate Resilient Water Infrastructure

• Apply by Feb 22: Great Lakes Summer Fellowships

• Lakehead University Winter Biology Seminar Series (Jan 25 - Mar 29)

In The News

• Associated Press: With Shutdown Over, Scientists Rush to Salvage Wolf Study

• New method to control invasive carp developed

• Matawa Four Rivers Environmental services Group Announce Water Stewardship Study

• DuluthNewsTribune: Duluth Port Names Director of Government and Environmental Affairs

• GLC Director Todd Ambs heads to WI DNR

• Alliance for the Great Lakes: Tell Congress to Make Great Lakes a Priority for 2019

• OswegoCountyNews: Cuomo’s bag ban a good start but plastics still threaten Great Lakes

• CBC: Plastic-free Community on Lake Huron

• Fox21Online: Lake Superior Ice Festival

• 2019 Women Ice Angler Project Safe and Successful on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay

• The London Free Press: Coast Guard Great Lakes Ice Breaking

• Lake Superior Magazine: Taming Water, A Diverting Story of Ebbs and Flows

• Great Lakes Guide: See the Anthropocene (and Nipigon Bay "Nurdles") on the Great Lakes

• Mlive: First blue ice of 2019 is stacking up in Michigan, but not where you’d expect

• Josephine Mandamin Junior Water Walkers


• Michigan SeaGrant 2019 Funding Opportunities

• March 7: Great Lakes Day Congressional Breakfast registration now open

• Mar 25-29: North American Lake Management Society Conference

• May 6-8: Great Lakes Economic Forum in Cleveland

• June 10-14: IAGLR Brockport, NY

• Job Opportunities: Great Lakes Commission

• Job Opportunity: Seafarers' International Union of Canada Hiring