Nipigon Bay Coastal Cleanup – June 10th
Posted on: May 15, 2018
Mountain Bay Map
(View a larger size version of the above map.) Cleanup participants meet at George and Flora Ozburn’s, Fire Number 46, at the very end of Mountain Bay Drive at 12 noon on June 10th. Mountain Bay Drive is just east of the Gravel River Bridge on the Trans-Canada Hwy., approximately 47 km. east of Nipigon and 24 km. west of Rossport, Ontario. Participants must register in advance with Parks Canada. See below for details.

Join Parks Canada for the Coastal Clean-up

on  June 10th!

 

From 12 noon-4 pm on June 10th, Parks Canada will be conducting a shoreline clean-up at Mountain Bay. The cleanup is part of Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup efforts. The Parks Canada event will be focused on the shores of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, specifically Mountain Bay on Nipigon Bay. The Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan is helping to organize the event.

When: June 10th from 12 noon – 4 pm

Where: Beach access at George and Flora Ozburn’s home, Fire Number 46, at the very end of Mountain Bay Drive
What to bring: a reusable bag (please no plastic bags), sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing and sun protection.


Please note that this is a rain or shine event, however it will be cancelled in the event of a thunder storm. Cancellation will be posted on the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area social media pages.


Participants must register in advance. Please RSVP before Tues. June 7th by contacting Sarah Shruiff at sarah.shruiff@pc.gc.ca or by phone at 705-255-8070.

La Grange
Nipigon Bay lies in the northernmost Canadian waters of Lake Superior and is characterized by beautiful, high islands like La Grange, pictured here.

nurdles
Plastic micro-beads or “nurdles” on a Nipigon Bay beach.

Lake Superior Action and Management Plan

 

Nipigon Bay has been especially impacted by microplastics, particularly “micro-beads” or “nurdles.” Lake Superior’s Lakewide Action and Management Plan, developed by federal, state, provincial, tribal and First Nations organizations working to restore and protect the lake, sets out specific goals to addresses this issue, as follows:

Increase efforts to educate the public on new and emerging chemicals; their potential toxicity; pathways into fish, wildlife and humans; and how the public can help remove these chemicals from the basin. Put special emphasis on the topics of microplastics and safer alternatives for personal care, household cleaning products, and pesticides/herbicides.

There is broad understanding that addressing the issue of microplastics at the source, rather than cleaning up after these substances enter the lake, is fundamental in addressing this issue. Cleanup is part and parcel of improving the situation however, as is increasing public understanding and engagement.

The International Coastal Cleanup is not specifically focused on plastics but is an example of an activity which addresses one of the emerging issues identified in the action plan for the lake.

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InfoSuperior.com gratefully acknowledges the support of Lakehead University, Ontario Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

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