March 25th - McMaster Research Summaries & Ralph Pentland Presentation Summary

Click below to review summaries of the presentations given by Dr. Pat Chow-Fraser's students as well as guest speaker Ralph Pentland on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Progress Rpt on Wetlands Research (McMaster University)

Publication Date: 
October 15, 2011
This report is a progress report on the research funded by Sierra Club carried out from May to October in 2011. The three main projects share an overarching theme that examines threats to coastal biodiversity because of changes in the hydrologic regime of Lakes Huron and Erie. The first project provides an initial glimpse of how northern pike utilize wetland and nearshore habitat in Tadenac Bay and the surrounding region. The second is a comparison of home ranges of the Blanding's turtle (species at risk) in two protected areas (Beausoleil Island of Georgian Bay Island National Park and Rondeau Bay Provincial Park) that have very different landscape features and experience different stresses. Since this is the first documented study of a Blanding's population on an island, a sub--‐project has been carried out to determine if turtles select for specific habitats before, during and after nesting as has been suggested by the literature. The third project examines the effects of rain effects and agricultural practices on the water quality of first--‐order streams in the Beaver River watershed. Click on the pdf attachment below to see the 14 pg. McMaster University report

Is multi lake regulation a feasible or even a good idea?

Publication Date: 
November 25, 2011
Bill Bialkowski, an engineer with extensive professional expertise dealing with flow dynamics, reviews the International Joint Commission's summary of multi-lake management for the Great Lakes and poses some interesting questions. (To see the report & graphs you must click on the Attachment link below) Summary of content here:

Intervention in the CNSC Point Lepreau Relicensing Decision

Publication Date: 
November 12, 2011
[To find out more about the Canada Nucelar Safety Commission (CNSC) hearings, please go here.]