NORTH BAY – Peter Bullock, Senior Planner, with Stantec Consulting, shared his firm’s research on regional climate change – current impact and perspectives – at the Greater Nipissing Stewardship Council’s annual general meeting on April 16, 2014.
Mr. Bullock presented historical data and current trends to illustrate local climate changes we have already experienced and to project changes anticipated into the future up to 2080. He commented that “Climate change is increasing winter runoff, moving the freshet earlier in the spring, creating a deepening drought in August, increasing precipitation in the fall/winter and causing runoff to be more erratic with greater extremes.” Bullock went on to say “climate change will change vegetation species composition, affect rates of recharge and groundwater storage, reduce cold water habitat and increase the regions susceptibility to natural hazards.”
In summary, an abrupt change in 1997-98 has transformed the region into a new climatic period and the concept of “normal” is now outdated. Climate is no longer static – it is now a dynamic variable. We have been experiencing an unexpected extreme so far this year, which Mr. Bullock suggested may be a fluke year or a sign that something else at a global scale has shifted and opened the door to the Polar Vortex.
The complete presentation will be posted to the Council’s website shortly.
"TD TREE DAYS 2013" TD Friends of the Environment
The TD Friends held their annual tree plant on Saturday, September 14, 2013, 9:00 a.m. at the start of the Chippewa Creek EcoPath (where the creek drains into Lake Nipissing. A total of 15 hardwood trees were planted by approximately 25 volunteers on both sides of the creek. The potted trees (15 gallon pots) consisted of 4 silver maple, 3 red maple, 4 sugar maple, 2 red oak and 2 burr oak.
This project is the latest in a series of planting projects that have carried out along several sections of Chippewa Creek over the past 5 plus years, right up to where the creek crosses Airport Road. The key goal is to provide for erosion control, protect the cold-water feature of the creek and enhannce the overall recreational experience for users for both the ecopath and the Kinsmen Trail.
Project funding was provided by Tree Canada and carried out in partnership with The Greater Nipissing Stewardship Council and the invaluable support of Nipissing Botanical Gardens, the North Bay - Mattawa Conservation Authority, Eagle Tree Service and the City of North Bay - Parks & Recreation Department.