Thunder Bay PAC Meeting – February 7
Posted on: January 30, 2018
Mapping Tool
Thunder Bay waterfront at the mouth of the Neebing – McIntyre Floodway, as depicted in a draft mapping tool meant to assist in decision-making related to increased habitat quality and quantity. Habitat is the central agenda item for the February 7th meeting of the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Public Advisory Committee.

The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan will meet at 7 p.m. on February 7th in ATAC Room 5035 at Lakehead University. Evening parking at Lakehead University is free of charge and available right beside the ATAC building.

A presentation will be provided by Joe Fiorino of the Canadian Wildlife Service exploring the relationship between wildlife habitat and populations. Lakehead University doctoral student Nathan Wilson will also present a draft mapping tool meant to incorporate parameters which aid in decision-making for habitat restoration and protection projects. Such parameters include land ownership, presence/absence of wetlands, hydrology, surrounding land use, zoning, etc.

Meeting Objectives:

  • Solicit PAC perspective regarding the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) presentation laying out the relationship between habitat and populations
  • Utilize CWS information to inform and determine next steps to increase the quality and quantity of fish and wildlife habitat
  • Seek PAC representation on a sub-committee tasked with implementing measures to improve habitat quality
  • Review steps taken to increase PAC member attendance, continuity and sector representation; establish next steps

Meeting Package:

Remedial Action Plans work to address environmental chemical, physical, and biological degradation resulting in pollution and impacts to habitat in Areas of Concern on the Great Lakes.  They are supported by Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Lakehead University.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. There is no charge. Observers do not participate in committee decisions but may be allowed to address the meeting at the discretion of the chair.

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