Ontario is calling on community groups to help protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes by applying for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant.
- Planting trees
- Creating rain gardens
- Restoring wetland habitat
- Controlling invasive species
- Cleaning up beaches or shorelines
- Naturalizing stream banks and shorelines.
- This year’s fund will award $1.5 million in total for eligible projects.
- Since 2012, $4.5 million has been awarded to 221 community-based projects in Great Lakes watershed areas, including the St. Lawrence River Basin and the Ottawa River.
- Projects must be completed by February 2017.
- Since 2012, more than 11,000 volunteers have helped plant 85,125 trees, release 2,133 fish, create or enhance 643 kilometres of trail and collect 586 bags of garbage.
- Ontario’s Great Lakes Basin is home to 40 per cent of Canada’s economic activity and 95 per cent of Ontario’s agricultural land.
- Learn about the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.
- Read Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy.
- Find out about the proposed Great Lakes Protection Act.
“I strongly encourage people to become local guardians of their lakes and apply for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant. This fund gives communities the opportunity to undertake activities that will make a real difference for the environment, while uniting community members around a common goal. The fund not only recognizes and supports our local Great Lakes champions, it empowers them to do their part to restore, protect and conserve our Great Lakes to keep them drinkable, swimmable and fishable.” – Glen R. Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
The next meeting of the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP) will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 1st at the Nipigon Recreation Centre, 138 Wadsworth Drive in Nipigon. The meeting was initially scheduled for Lake Helen but the Red Rock Band has cancelled activities in the community out of respect for the passing of a community member. The general public is welcome to attend and the meeting is free of charge.
This meeting will focus on formation of an ongoing environmental group for the Nipigon, Red Rock and Lake Helen area. Public Advisory Committee members have stated that an environmental group should continue, even once the Nipigon Bay RAP is completed.
Other agenda items include presentation of a long-term Nipigon Bay environmental monitoring plan and information from the Town of Red Rock about the status of funding for wastewater treatment plant upgrades, including timelines to completion of construction.
The following links provide the full meeting agenda and complete meeting information package:
- Meeting Agenda
- Map showing location of Nipigon Recreation Centre, 138 Wadsworth Drive (“Nipigon Community Centre Ice Skating Rink”, lower left on map)
- Environmental Monitoring Plan Introduction
- Environmental Monitoring Plan Full Details
- A Sept. 22nd Nipigon – Red Rock Gazette Letter to the editor from PAC Chair Dave Crawford (click the text in the letter to magnify it)
- A Sept. 27 Chronicle-Journal article about a Nipigon incident involving walleye
- A “podcast” or audio interview with Carl Lindquist of the Superior Watershed Partnership (ensure your computer volume is on/up)
In recent years, user groups and resource managers have noticed a decline in the ecosystem conditions of Cloud Lake (an inland lake located about 40km southwest of Thunder Bay). In order to better define and understand environmental factors which may be affecting the watershed Lakehead University has agreed to collected baseline data this summer.
On Friday, August 21 from 2-4 p.m. researchers from Lakehead University will be at the Cloud Lake pubic boat launch demonstrating the various methods and procedures being used to collect water and fish quality data. Residents and campers alike are invited to participate in this event. If you have any questions about the research feel free to ask any of the on-site representatives or direct enquiries to Dr. Rob Stewart, Department of Geography and the Environment, Lakehead University (link to his faculty profile). Cloud Lake Research is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the North Shore Steelhead Association, Superior Streams and Lakehead University.
John Marsden of Environment Canada and Chris Korleski of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency invite participation in a binational webinar focusing on the recently revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, specifically the section concerning Lake Superior lakewide management. Open discussion of Lake Superior public outreach and engagement will be a special focus of the webinar. The session runs from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT (1 to 3 p.m. CDT) on Wednesday, September 2nd.
Webinar Registration Information: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1841525114962253826
Webinar ID: 127-009-371
Surfer and whitewater paddling instructor Jared Munch finished a circumnavigation of Lake Superior on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), according to the Duluth News Tribune. Jared paddled the 1,350-mile distance to raise funds for Neighborhood Youth Services in Duluth. The program is dedicated to outdoor recreation and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Munch is believed to be the first to circle Lake Superior on an SUP.
It took two years for the Duluth native to plan his trip. He began paddling from the mouth of the Lester River on May 20, spending a total of 49 days on the water and traveling at an average speed of about 3.5 miles per hour. In several cases, Munch crossed large bays rather than paddling along the shore, which is why his total mileage came to less than 1,800 miles, the full circumference of the lake.
While most people use stand-up paddleboards on calmer waters nearshore, Jared’s efforts show that with the right skills and knowledge one can do amazing things with them.