Experimental Lakes Area: An Update

It's summer and a perfect time to catch up with the Experimental Lakes Area near Vermillion Bay.

Important research is continuing at the International Institute for Sustainable Development-Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA)!

For the latest visit the IISD-ELA Blog.

Click on research updates at the IISD-ELA to expore some current areas of research including: "Photons to Fish", "Lake Ice", "Mysis Reintroduction", "Lake 626 Diversion Project", "Atmospheric Mercury" 

Consider signing up for IISD-ELA newsletter called Headlands!


A discussion of the ELA with IISD executive director and the playwright of "The Watershed", a play inspired by the ELA,  outside the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in 2016 (13 minutes)

Journey of Awakening  "In June 2015, elders and students from Naotkamegwanning (Whitefish Bay) First Nation embarked on a three-day canoe trip to visit sacred sites near IISD-ELA, located within Treaty 3 land in northwestern Ontario." (8 minutes)

 Many more videos at IISD blog: video section

The Energy East Pipeline Propasal

National Energy Board (NEB) Updates

The public has until July 15 to make comments on the NEB hearing process. Click on the website below to complete the survey!

NEB Update website link


Environment North believes the risks posed by the Energy East Pipeline to the waterways (from leaks) and to the climate (from expanded tar sands oil production) are not worth the limited rewards.  

Click here to watch the video from the Ontario Rivers Alliance of a 3-D flight along the proposed  Energy East Pipeline route through Ontario. 

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) concluded that there is an "imbalance between the economic and environmental risks of the Project, and the expected benefits for Ontarians..."    The OEB consultants Det Norske Veritas also commented that “that previous pipeline conversions in Canada have not been located in a project area which encounters hundreds of pristine water crossings ...”.  For more on the OEB report click here. 

Click here for a report on Oil Industry Expansion and Canada's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Commitments

Click here for a report that questions the case for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. From the report: "This paper examines the tidewater argument and other problematic assumptions that led to the pipeline’s approval, including overly optimistic projections of future oil supply given the latest National Energy Board (NEB) projections and the Alberta government’s cap on oil sands emissions, and the failure to consider alternative export pipelines given the federal government’s and Trump Administration’s approval of the Line 3 Restoration Project and the Keystone XL pipelines."