COURSE DESCRIPTION This edition of the CREATE ABATE Field School examines how science and local knowledge inform policies and shape how we manage cyanobacteria blooms in Ontario. The provincial legislations and regulations empower watershed authorities to coordinate the integration of science and local knowledge to form policy decisions. We use Callander Bay, an embayment of Lake Nipissing, as the study site to understand how cyanobacteria blooms are assessed and managed at the local level. Callander Bay has an occasional cyanobacteria bloom, which threatens the local drinking water supply, tourism industry, and recreational activities, among other economic, social and environmental values. We will hear from various agency and local representatives involved in assessing and managing risks.
Student presentations: Students will have 3 minutes to discuss how (i) their research could inform the policies and programs in Callander Bay and (ii) the governance framework might be improved.
Field site visits: North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority; North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, Callander Water Treatment Plant and Sewage Lagoons; Anishinabek Nation
Proudly funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC).