Groundbreaking Oil Spill Research from the World’s Largest Freshwater Laboratory – Information Session April 15

Researchers collect data from one of the 58 freshwater lakes that make up the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Experimental Lakes Area. (Credit: By Sbath iisd – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Learn About Groundbreaking Research at Community Information Session

The IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) laboratory, operated by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), has conducted community information sessions for the past three years in Kenora and Dryden. This year they are bringing the conversation to Thunder Bay. Vince Palace, their head scientist, will be presenting information about the groundbreaking oil spill research currently taking place at the IISD-ELA laboratory. The session is open to all and will include time for questions and comments from those who attend.

  • What: Community Information Session
  • Where: Lakehead University, ATAC building, Room AT1001
  • When: Monday April 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

The World’s Largest Freshwater Laboratory

Research on the challenges that face natural freshwater bodies began at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area, the world’s largest outdoor freshwater laboratory, in the late 1960s. The site includes 58 freshwater lakes and is located in the Kenora District, Ontario, Canada. The laboratory was defunded by the previous Canadian government administration. It had been operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada until that time. The International Institute for Sustainable Development agreed to be the long-term operator of the research facility in 2014.

To learn more about what is going on at the IISD Environmental Lakes Area follow them on social media:

Twitter: @IISD_ELA

Instagram: @IISD_ELA

Facebook: @ExperimentalLakes

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RAP Harbour Kayak Tour – August 28

A kayak tour of Thunder Bay Harbour cleanup projects and environmental issues will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on August 28th.

You’re invited!

Thunder Bay’s harbour cleanup plan, or Remedial Action Plan (RAP), invites experienced kayakers with their own kayaks to get up close with harbour environmental issues and projects on August 28th.

Centered on the lower Kaministiquia River and nearby portions of Lake Superior, this guided event is a chance for experienced kayakers to learn first-hand about harbour environmental issues and projects centered on water quality, habitat, and fish populations. The event is also a chance to get an up-close view of several harbour industries. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free of charge. A light lunch will be provided. View tour details and video footage of a previous RAP kayak tour below.

1’13” Video Clip – 2015 Nipigon Bay RAP Kayak Tour on the Lower Nipigon River.


When: Sunday, August 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Starting and ending at Mission Island public boat launch beside McKellar Marine at the end of 107th Avenue, off 106th Street. (106th Street is on the way to Mission Marsh.)

McKellar Island Boat Launch
The event begins and ends at the McKellar Island Public Boat Launch (also called the 107th Avenue Boat Launch). Access Thunder Bay’s Harbour Islands from Thunder Bay’s east end. Head east on Pacific Avenue from Simpson St. and turn right onto Island Drive. Proceed along Island Drive over the bridge across the McKellar mouth of the Kam River. Turn left onto 106th St. Proceed along 106th St to 107th Ave. Turn left onto 107th Ave and proceed a couple of hundred meters to the public boat launch.

(or 107th Ave.)

(or 107th Ave.)

Why: To learn about Thunder Bay harbour environmental projects, progress and issues.

Registration: Contact Jim Bailey –  jfbailey @ lakeheadu dot ca if you would like to participate. Please copy Kirsti Salmi – ksalmi @ lakeheadu dot ca. All participants must register & return waivers by email before August 19th, 2016.

Safety & Rules:

Safety is our primary consideration. All participants must be experienced kayakers of intermediate or higher skill level with their own kayak and safety equipment. The group will be accompanied by certified kayaking instructor Lise Vaugeois. Note that this is not a kayaking instruction course but rather a harbour tour focused on the lower Kaministiquia River and adjacent portion of Lake Superior.

If you are interested in participating email Jim Bailey at the Lakehead University Remedial Action Plan office – jfbailey @ lakeheadu dot ca. Please copy Kirsti Salmi – ksalmi @ lakeheadu dot ca. If you have any questions, feel free to give Jim a call – 807-343-8514.