LAKE SUPERIOR COMMITTEE

Holiday Inn

Duluth, Minnesota

19,20 March 1996

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. Approval of minutes

The minutes of the 95 LSC meeting were approved with the addition of GLIFWC's commercial catch statistics.

2. Binational Program's ecosystem principles, indicators, and objectives

LSC Chairman Bill Horns (WDNR) will write LaMP Co-Chairmen Chuck Ledin and Jake Van der Wahl proposing that the statement that exotic fish species now present in Lake Superior shall be managed in a way "that is not detrimental to native species" be amended to "that is compatible with restoration management goals established by the Lake Superior Committee for native species." The LSC endorses Binational Program principles, indicators and objectives if amended in the recommended fashion.

3. Fish community objectives

The LSC resolved to revisit fish community objectives with the intent of making them more specific, of developing procedures for establishing environmental objectives, and merging with ecosystem objectives. The LSC will establish a schedule for this task.

4. Toxics effects on Great Lakes fisheries

The LSC discussed but did not act on a December 1994 National Wildlife Federation paper regarding toxic effects on Great Lakes fisheries. Fisheries researchers and managers have always been willing to examine the evidence of toxic causes for fishery problems such as Early Mortality Syndrome and potential reproductive impairment in lake trout.

5. Contaminant database

Tom Gorenflo (COTFMA) suggested to the Council of Great Lakes Governors that they adapt a Lake-Committee-like approach to monitor contaminant trends. Tom will attend a Contaminant Advisory Task Force meeting and report back, perhaps to the Council of Lake Committees.

6. Disposition of unclipped lake trout

MDNR, COTFMA, and GLIFWC will consider possible switch from Michigan waters of Lake Superior to Lakes Michigan and Huron of unclipped lake trout plus 202,000 Gull Island strain with a right pectoral finclip.

7. Lake trout stocking

Although rehabilitation is not yet complete, the LSC celebrated a milestone in cessation of stocking in Michigan and Wisconsin waters. The LSC thanked the Lake Superior Technical Committee for its work on the protocol used by the LSC in deciding to cease stocking (protocol will appear in "A Lake Trout Restoration Plan for Lake Superior" soon to be published by the GLFC). The LSC will work with Marc Gaden (GLFC) to develop a press release celebrating progress in rehabilitating lake trout in Lake Superior.

8. Effects of size-at-stocking on lake trout survival

The LSC declined to support a proposal to study effects of size-at-stocking on lake trout survival. Mike Donofrio (Keweenaw Bay Hatchery) and Dale Bast (USFWS) offered to support such a study.

9. Meeting location

The LSC recommended for discussion at the CLC meeting that the Upper Lakes Committees meet in 1997 in the Detroit area (not the Airport), and in 1998 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

10. Chairman of Lake Superior Technical Committee

The LSC will consider chairmanship of the Lake Superior Technical Committee. Under the Subcommittee's terms of reference, the current chair, Mike Hansen (NBS), who is leaving NBS for academia, is no longer eligible to continue in the position.

11. Outstanding waters designations

Binational Program Co-Chair Chuck Ledin (WDNR) described the various "outstanding waters" designations under consideration for Lake Superior, and some of their implications. He offered to advise the LSC if/when it is appropriate to act/endorse. Under the Great Lakes Initiative Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin are considering whether to proceed with one of the designations. A decision is possible in early 1997. The three Governors are committed to an Outstanding International Resource Water designation favored by the Great Lakes Initiative and the Binational Program. The USFWS is recommending a more restrictive "Outstanding National Resource Water" designation from a National Wildlife Federation petition. (Attachment 1).

12. Sea lamprey control budget cutbacks by Canada

LSC Chairman Bill Horns (LSC) will write the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Dept. of State (cc Fisheries and Oceans Canada) by 1 April re the resource impacts of the cutback (e.g. self-sustaining lake trout stocks no longer supported by stocking). He will FAX a draft to the LSC for review.

MD 1 April 1996


Special Designations Wisconsin

Designation Source Pollutants Covered Environmental Impact Activities Impacted

1. ONRW-Outstanding National Resource Water Federal Clean Water Act All Pollutants Prevent any lowering of ambient water quality except for temporary situations 40 CFR 131 NOTE: EPA interpretation is no new or increased discharges in the basin. Any land or water activity which results in discharge to surface water.

2. ONRW-Outstanding National Resource Water for persistent bioaccumulative toxic substances. National Wildlife Federation Petition All persistent bioaccumulative toxics identified in Stage 1 Lakewide Management Plan (see attached). Prohibit the addition of any of these pollutants in the Lake Superior basin. All sources air and water would be impacted; wastewater, stormwater runoff, atmospheric emissions.

3. OIRW-Outstanding a) International Resource Water b) Lake Superior Basin- Outstanding International Resource Waters Binantional Program to Protect and Restore Lake Superior Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative Guidance 9 zero discharge Mercury, PCB, hexachlorobenzene, toxaphene, DDT, dieldrin, chlordane, dioxin 2, 3, 78, octachlorostyrene New or expanded wastewater discharges could not increase these substances in the lake unless they employed best technology in process and control systems. Industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants.

4. Lake Superior Basin - Outstanding National Resource Waters Binational Program to Protect and Restore Lake Superior and Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative 9 zero discharge Prevent any increased loading from point sources to designated areas in the basin; this is a discharge prohibition. Industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants.

5. ORW - Outstanding Resource Waters Wisconsin State rules NR 102 & 207 (see attached) All pollutants Prevent any lowering of water quality. Industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants.

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