Part 1 l. superior making it great


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Lake Superior is faced with many of the same issues which affect the lower Great Lakes. These include chemical contaminants, habitat loss and degradation, areas of concern and developing sustainability. Problems are intensified by new and emerging issues such as a huge increase in proposed mining developments along with severe economic downturn due to industry losses in the forestry sector. For close to 20 years, the Lake Superior Binational Forum representing citizen stakeholders, co-ordinated by EcoSuperior and Northland College, has been at the centre of Lake Superior Binational Program restoration and protection efforts. A detailed review of programs and projects implemented by these organizations, both successes and failures, reveals useful lessons. Initiatives include a full range of activities from benthic biomonitoring, survey research and pollution prevention to outreach campaigns and community events. Such practical experience on this Great Lakes source watershed is essential information for all organizations striving to achieve future progress in meeting Lakewide Management Plan goals.

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Part 1 l. superior making it great

  1. 1. Lake SuperiorMaking it Great: Keeping it Great Lessons Learned on Superior Jim Bailey
  2. 2. Lake Superior Binational Program Government agencies & partners U.S. EPA, Environment Canada, Ontario: • Ministry of Environment, • Ministry of Natural Resources Minnesota • Pollution Control Agency • Dept. of Natural Resources Wisconsin • Dept. of Natural Resources Michigan • Dept. of Env. Quality
  3. 3. Key goal:• Restore and protect the Lake Superior basin ecosystem
  4. 4. Common mission Lake Superior Binational Forum Northland College EcoSuperior
  5. 5. Northland CollegeSigurd Olson Environmental Institute Ashland, Wisconsin environmental liberal arts college Curriculum focusing on Lake Superior Supports Forum outreach, provides faculty expertise and student assistance 20 year relationship with Forum
  6. 6. EcoSuperiorEncourage environmentalstewardship in the LakeSuperior basinNon-profitVolunteer board of directorsStaff of 12 peopleThunder Bay
  7. 7. Central focus… Actions & lessons learned
  8. 8. Focus: Directly address core Binational Program objectives
  9. 9. Lake Superior Binational Forum Volunteer stakeholders: 12 Canadian 12 American Public Engagement, Outreach and Practical Action Funding: US EPA & Environment Canada Coordinated by: Northland College and EcoSuperior
  10. 10. Get along ...Or get out of the way
  11. 11. Lake Superior Binational Forum Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Mining
  12. 12. Sault Ste. Marie, May 2010 Launch of the “Lake Superior Aquatic Invasive Species Complete Prevention Plan” First binational and lakewide prevention plan in the Great Lakes Direct Co-operation U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environment Canada Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  13. 13. Mining “ opportunities to work with the mining sector on actions that promote the sustainable restoration and protection of the Lake Superior ecosystem.” Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan Annual Report 2011
  14. 14. Letter from Forum toCanadian Environmental Assessment Agency