The Lake Superior Binational Forum Public Input Session on Friday, May 8th in Terrace Bay will focus on the Jackfish Bay environmental Area of Concern (AOC). This AOC is located just east of Terrace Bay and is actually a very deep bay off Lake Superior comprised of Jackfish Bay and Moberly Bay. Blackbird Creek, which enters Jackfish Bay, and the lakes along Blackbird Creek, are also part of the AOC. Blackbird Creek receives the effluent from the pulp mill in Terrace Bay. While all environmental regulations with regard to effluent are now being met or exceeded, historical contamination problems remain.
The draft agenda for the Public Input Session is as follows:
START 1:00 P.M.
1. Welcome to Terrace Bay - Mike King, Mayor, or his delegate - 5'
2. Welcome and brief description of the Binational Forum - Glen Dale - 5'
3 Presentation of books from Binational Forum to Terrace Bay librarian and students from Terrace Bay Public School - Glen Dale - 5'
4. Presentation on history of Jackfish Bay Area of Concern, natural surroundings
in the Terrace Bay area and current state of the local economy - Rod Mercure - 10'
5. Jackfish Bay AOC
-key relevant information about this AOC
-environmental upgrades at Terrace Bay mill
-the plan for assessing recovery
-future direction in the AOC.
Rob Stewart/Lakehead University and Michelle McChristie/Ontario Ministry Of Environment - 17' x 2=34'
6. Speaker on ecosystem health centering on fish
Mark McMaster/Environment Canada - 25'
7. NMCA - brief presentation by NMCA staff person or board member
- Marcia Morash or her delegate - 20'
8. Open discussion/questions from session participants and answers by panel of speakers. - 60'
9. Summation and future actions. - 10'
END: 4:00 P.M.