This is an open letter which is without prejudice and I reserve the right to correct my mistakes and omissions as it is a work in progress.
My name is Roy Summers and my wife and I purchased our home on Lake Nipissing in 1963 at the corner of Timmins and Gorman Street. I retired from the MTO in Jan. 1993. In these past years we view Lake Nipissing on a daily basis and it has been out habit to walk that lake shore for last 50+ plus years almost daily. We have seen and noted the changes!
I acquired an 1958 MNR air photo and have cropped and commented on it to show what that area looked like back then
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The really big changes came in 1985 with the renewal of the wharf and construction of the marina which has formed a groyne that hasn't been overcome these last 32 years - With the freakish winter of 2016-17 the lake was cleared of snow, the water level had been dropped about 1.2 metres - it is now possible to distinguish the under ice shore line is (i.e. between where ice is (flat and slippery) and where the bottom is (shows by ruffled melt snow) on a slope.
The headland (which actually is a relic wave cut beach strandline of the Nipissing Great Lakes) and the lakeshore trail between it and current Lake Nipissing has been there for 3,000 years.
Circa 1985 it was graded with a little stone dust put on it when the Harbourside condo was built.
You will note that there is a definite anomaly of the beachline (2-12" intake pipes...) between ""City Snow dump" (Harbourside) point and just before the (10th St. outfall) and the rock outcrops. This was the site of the Dominion Smelter of 1912
Back in the 1960's the 2 intake pipes and the outlet flume were visible. So was all the broken up rubble there where a number of settling basins?? and other rectangular concrete structures? - it was easy to see that something was there. It wasn't until I read C Gunnings book "1882-North Bay Startpoin" above that I realized what this was.
Those pipes and the flume are now covered over sand and only occasionally show up in the spring times low water and then only in the troughs of the sandbars created by the 10th Street outfall. Recently black organic duff and other crap has been trapped in these troughs.
Following the violent downburst storm of 2006 the City covered up those concrete rectangles, which I assume where settling basis,and now only patches of overgrown concrete rubble and a large patch of field horsetail remain visible and this complex is forgotten.
Last September there was a major 3 day long windstorm from the West North West. A lady who walks the path every morning asked be about little clay balls washing up on shore. I had seen them before after similar events but the disolve in a few days wave wash. This time I managed to see some of them, picked up and still have a couple of good sized chunks with which I consulted experts in the mining field and was told they were probably very old tailings.
I attended PIC 2 of EA Waterfront Marina and Kings Wharf in December 2016 and there was an image of a magnatometer survey (done by boat) and I recognized both of the images and told these people about them both asking asked for a digital image (never got it) but they did have a thumbnail in their propaganda which follows.
I expect you can go to North Bay or Hammera Consultants for a decent copy!
I was surprised thet a magnetometer survey could pick up this underwater field of tailings from a cobalt ore smelter but this gives give me strong suspicions of heavy metal pollution in that area which could explain the overwhelming presence of orange algae that blooms there before the water is raised to it's normal summer level (I have pictures of this bloom.)) It disappears when the water covers it but I doubt that it is gone and I am sure the stuff it feeds on is still going into Lake Nipissing. You can see it when the ice is out and the ice and snow are going (probably in 3 or 4 weeks time.)
Baird / Proctor & Redfern's Marathon Beach Environmental Assessment was, to me, exceptional and a real eye opener.
This clipping of that report contains 6 pages of background which only deals with Bacterial Loading and pollution -- more will be added later.
Page 2 of the above report has
The Kenroc or Craig Bit site, to me, have even more serious pollution problems than the old smelter and I have clipped 10 pages this report's DSL Appendix h
to show why I have concerns. .
I know this area extemely well and in the last 53 years during the period that the ice starts to leave Lake Nipissing I have walked and studied this area daily in search of artifacts, strange rocks, etc.
At one point I collaborated with two gentlemen regarding putting a constructed wetland in this area - nothing came of it but I now have some copies of that Marathon Beach Environmental Assessment
I mention this because I am falling back on Google Earth to display the problems of accretion and pollution going into this area of Lake Nipissing has which is not going way!
click for a pdf
click for a Google Earth KMZ
When both sites are analysed together there seems to be real problems and I think it time to return to the rest of Marathon Beach Environmental Assessment and their preferred design.
I also included this revised alternative of my
Which I modified to show in my 2 comments on schedule C, CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT pic1 & 3
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which was my presentation to the City of North Bay and Hammera Consultants with regard to EA of the Waterfront Marina and King's wharf
an earlier one was rejected without sufficient explanation. So I intensified my research and my focus to cover the whole lake and it's history since the Laurentide Ice retreat.
This was the second presentation and I suspect it was in vain.
Almost by accident.
- that I have found one of the main reasons why Lake Nipissing's Walleye Fishery has declined so drastically was probably because of this 1985 unintentional groyne backing backed up the sedimentary drift so much that the major spawning beds on the north shore have been ruined.
Walleye can still spawn there but with boulders and shingle beaches covered or even partially covered with silt and sand the fertilized may not get past that stage.
A few years ago, at a meeting about Lake Nipissing, the then Chief of the Nipissing First Nation I.R 10, as a keynote speaker, bemoaned the fact that the water where she lived, fished and swam was now so shallow so that the walleye, bass and many other water creatures are no longer there. Sediment must have built up there too since the 1985 introduction of the groyne.
this stuck with me because the same thing has happened at our place (0.8 km north west of the wharf complex) during the same period
I contacted her in January 2017 asking for the location of what she spoke to and it was (3.8 km north west of the wharf complex.)
I am a dedicated naturalist but not a biologist!
This needs looking at while the ice is just leaving the lake from Habourside Conominium on Timmins Street, North Bay, beyond North Bay and into the Nipissing Indian Reserve #10 by, at least, some better qualified individual.
A check with engineering soils and glacial landform maps indicates that this sand could have backed up for 14 to 15 kilometres affecting the prime walleye spawning area in Lake Nipissing
I would dearly love to find out that this assumption of mine is false!
Thanks for your kind attention
121 Timmins St
North Bay, Ont. P1B 4K2
Created on ... March 09, 2017