February 15, 2019


Photo: Thank you Harold Harkonen. Chunks of ice rise onto the Black Bay shoreline in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, near Finlay Bay, February, 2019. Harold notes that "most winters the lake freezes over here quite late (if at all) and large waves coat the shoreline with ice formations and ice piles."

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Renewed Thunder Bay Harbour Cleanup Effort

This undated photo shows the Thunder Bay North Harbour site when the adjacent mill was in operation (mill since demolished). Richardson's grain elevator and a ship berthed at the shipyards, now owned by Heddle Marine, are visible to the right in the picture. Photographer unknown. Strong Interest in Harbour Cleanup On February 5th, approximately 40 people attended an open public …

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IJC Seeks Public Candidates to Join Great Lakes Advisory Boards

Many of the Great Lakes are shared between Canada and the U.S.; The International Joint Commission (IJC) helps to ensure that governments on both sides have the Great Lakes' best interest in mind when dealing with boundary water issues. (Photo: Public Domain) Self-Nominate to Join the Great Lakes International Joint Commission The International Joint Commission (IJC), established in 1909 to …

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Lake Superior Ice Cover at 70%

Almost all recent NOAA satellite photo are obscured by cloud but this February 11th, 2019 photo clearly shows the solid ice (in white) at the top of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Black Bay, Nipigon Bay and between the Slate Islands and Terrace Bay, Ontario. Data in this article is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's  Great Lakes Environmental Research …

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Comments Sought on Potential Long-term Solutions for Encroaching Stamp Sands at Buffalo Reef

Short Term Solutions Facilitate Long Term Planning Buffalo Reef is an area of productive Lake Superior fish habitat located on the east side of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Historical waste material called "stamp sands," from copper mining, is encroaching on the critical fish habitat of Buffalo Reef. In October of last year a contract was awarded to Peterson Companies, Inc., of …

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Two Events to Get You Closer to Lake Superior in Red Rock This Month

Snowshoe to Lloyd's Lookout with Parks Canada for the #WeLoveSuperior Series Snowshoe Safari event and enjoy a campfire and hot chocolate. (Photo: Petri Bailey) Enjoying Lake Superior with Parks Canada Parks Canada has two fun outdoor activities for the public to attend in Red Rock this month. The first event involves skating for all ages, a great way to spend …

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Flotsam and Jetsam...

• Feb 18 Abstract Deadline: Restoration Webinar Series

• 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

• Apply by Feb 22: Indiana Master Watershed Stewardship Program

• Feb 28–Mar 1: 43rd Annual Meeting - Clearing the Waters: Effective Science and Communication

• Mar 1: Michigan Shoreline and Shallows Conference

• Lake Superior Lighthouse Events in Thunder Bay (March – May)

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

In The News

• Great Lakes Echo: Great Lakes Research between government shutdowns

• Great Lakes Science Advisory Board Report: Groundwater’s Role in Great Lakes Ecosystem

• Great Lakes Coalition Opposes Trump Move to Weaken Clean Water Protections

• MichiganRadio: City of Mackinac Island calls for Line 5 to be shut down

• PetoskyNews: Guest Commentary on Michigan Environmental Policy

• Great Lakes Conservation Coalition Formed to Stop Asian Carp

• DuluthNewsTribune: Wolf Returns Leaves Isle Royale on Ice Bridge

• SooToday: Update on Lake Superior Outflow Conditions

• National Geographic: Ice Fishing on The Great Lakes

• CBC: Cruise Ship Won't Call at Thunder Bay Port (or any Lake Superior Port)

• DetroitFreePress: Pictured Rocks Kayak Launching Vessel in Development

• Photos: Exploring Algoma's Ice Formations

• Video: Chequamegon Bay Lake Superior Dredging

• Video: Minnesota Shipwreck Divers

• GreatLakesNow: Remembering Conservation Hero John Dingell


• Michigan SeaGrant 2019 Funding Opportunities

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

• Mar 2529: North American Lake Management Society Conference

• May 68: Great Lakes Economic Forum in Cleveland

• May 89: Great Lakes Restoration Conference Detroit, MI

• Register by April 1: Great Lakes and St Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting

• June 1014: IAGLR Brockport, NY

• Job Opportunity: CSS Environmental Technician

• Job Opportunities: Great Lakes Commission

• Job Opportunity: Seafarers' International Union of Canada Hiring