Forum Public Meeting: Nov. 14

Friday, November 14, 2014

12:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Legendary Waters Resort and Casino, Red Cliff, Wisconsin

Lake Superior Ojibwe (Anishinaabeg):

Protecting and Restoring the Lake Superior Basin

Reception celebrating Native American Arts and Culture

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Representatives of Lake Superior Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) on the western side of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission will share presentations and stories of how they are successfully protecting and restoring natural ecosystems on their reservations and in ceded territories.

As participants in the Lake Superior Binational Program, tribes in the Lake Superior basin are actively engaged in programs and initiatives that meet the goals and visions established in the Lake Superior Lakewide Action Management Plan (LAMP).

Speakers from several tribes will talk about a variety of programs they’re working on including climate change responses, invasive species controls, managing fish hatcheries and creating sustainable fish populations, wild rice restorations, mining issues and others.

In addition to presentations, a dozen tribal and regional groups and agencies will offer displays about a variety of lake issues and programs.  Final agendas and the display guest list will be available on our web site by October 15.

Members of the public are invited to an open public comment period starting at 4:30 p.m. on November 14. Anyone is welcome to express their comments about any issues related to Lake Superior.

The Forum is also proud to host an evening of music, storytelling, and updates about regional Native American issues at an evening program celebrating the role of the arts in Anishinaabeg tribes.  This presentation is from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Legendary Waters.

All Forum meetings are free and open to the public with no need to pre-register.

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Lake Superior Wilderness Conference

Wilderneds-Conference-POSTERSeptember 5 & 6, 2014
at the Inn on Lake Superior
Duluth, Minnesota

With the passage of the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, a new course for conservation was chartered.  Fifty years later, we think this is still worth celebrating.

Join National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Dave and Amy Freeman, canoeists Gary and Joanie McGuffin, Jaime Pinkham of the Nez Pierce Tribe, Jim Pfitzer potraying Aldo Leopold, and many others to inspire and challenge us.

Sponsered by the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in partnership with over 15 conservation organizations.

More information available here.

Registration available here.

Taking on ‘The Nine’

zero dischargeHow Toxic Discharges to Lake Superior were Slashed and What it Might Mean for the Other Great Lakes

July 2014

By International Joint Commission Intern Louie Bruni, University of Windsor and IJC intern Nicole Frantz, University of Waterloo

A novel pilot program has documented successful reductions to toxic chemical discharges and emissions– including huge cuts in mercury and dioxins – from sources surrounding Lake Superior. The results provide a template for similar toxic reduction programs in other Great Lakes.

The success was born out of a 1990 challenge from the IJC to the governments of the U.S. and Canada to virtually eliminate emissions and discharges of some persistent toxic substances into Lake Superior. The governments responded in 1991 by creating the Lake Superior Binational Program involving  federal, provincial, and state governments that surround the basin.

Within the program’s broad ecosystem approach is a more narrowly-focused initiative known as the Zero Discharge Demonstration Program. Its goal is the total elimination of nine pollutants from the Lake Superior basin.

Read the entire article here.

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