Month: January 2020

An Evening of Art – Big Lake Reflections

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 because EcoSuperior is hosting an event called “Big Lake Reflections”. Located at the wonderful Chanterelle, it’s an event that recognizes our connection to Lake Superior through the arts. The art features many disciplines such as poetry, photography, painting, pottery, dance, and even guest speakers. Every piece is inspired by beautiful Lake Superior. If interactive art is your thing, come and create a living, interactive piece of art by wearing shades of blue, grey or white. The event begins at 7:00 pm, introductions and live performances will run from 7:30-8:00 pm. From 8:00-10:00 pm there will be an art gallery as well as art-making, an art sale, and of course, socializing. Tickets are $15 and tea, coffee, and light snacks are provided with an optional cash bar available. Come support local artists and experience Lake Superior through the eyes of art.

Date: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Location: The Chanterelle (206 Park Ave, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2T2)

Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm

February 26th, 2020
7:00-10:00pm

To pick up your ticket, and for more information see:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/big-lake-reflections-tickets-89073193319?fbclid=IwAR2kZZGvvVrXKmjvPVN2tKoQ4frwt8PW1cG2WKoeBHNWhznCkHayoBepdWw

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Lake Superior Ice Cover – Lower than Normal

As of January 21st, 2020, the ice coverage of Lake Superior was only 6%. The historic average for this time of the year is 19 percent. Last year was around average with an ice coverage of 18%.

According to a scientist from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, the estimated ice coverage for March will be 54% compared to the historic average of 64% based on long-term temperature forecasts.

Satellite imagery has shown a band of ice that has formed from Grand Marais to just east of Terrace Bay along the shoreline.

Along the southern shoreline pockets of ice have developed between Duluth and Sault Ste. Marie.

Jacob Bruxer, a Canadian representative on the International Lake Superior Board of Control has commented that the reduced ice cover may reduce lake levels through evaporation, but the driving factors of water levels are from precipitation and runoff which are highly variable.

Tracking ice cover is important to business and recreational use. Breaking the ice for shipping can be expensive for businesses and can result in lost revenue. Tourism such as the Apostle Islands ice caves are also affected by ice cover. Since ice coverage is so low this year, it is unlikely the caves will be open.

Ice coverage was 95% in March last year, which also happened in 2014 and 2015.

The last time Lake Superior completely froze was in 1996.

For more information see

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/lake-superior-ice-formation-lags-well-behind-normal-2-photos-2036801

https://www.weather.gov/cle/GreatLakesIce_Analysis

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GLPI – Great Lakes Protection Initiative Funding

The Government of Canada has created this initiative to address critical environmental challenges affecting the Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health. The initiative follows commitments that have been addressed under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Act. There are 8 priority areas for action:

  • Working with others to protect the Great Lakes
  • Restoring Great Lakes Areas of Concerns (AOCs)
  • Preventing toxic and nuisance algae
  • Assessing and enhancing the resilience of Great Lakes coastal wetlands
  • Evaluating and identifying at risk nearshore waters
  • Reducing releases of harmful chemicals
  • Engaging Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues
  • Increasing public engagement through citizen science

Funding is awarded to goals that:

  • Restoring Great Lakes Areas of Concerns
  • Preventing toxic and nuisance algae
  • Reducing
  • of harmful chemicals
  • Engaging Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues

The application period is open until March 3 for all projects except those involving Indigenous groups, the latter application deadline is March 17th.

For any questions or concerns please contact

Samuel Pegg (spegg1@lakeheadu.ca)

 OR Gurpreet Mangat (Gurpreet.Mangat@canada.ca)

For further information please see:

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/great-lakes-protection/funding.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/great-lakes-protection.html

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