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The Bow Lake IWT as seen from Hwy 17 just south of Orphan Lake

The peripatetic duo, Gord Benner and Joyce Chyrski, once again made a holiday summer stop on the Algoma coast of Lake Superior.  As testified at the Bow Lake ERT they have a long-standing devotion to the restorative landscape of our scenic shore.  

The convoluted topography of this area reveals multiple views of the three existing industrial wind developments between Sault Ste Marie and Wawa.  Clarity depends on weather conditions and time of day so even locals can be shocked when a different angle or light exposes afresh the greed energy blight on our otherwise majestic vistas.

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Gord, JC and other survivors at the annual Bow Lake ERT wake

Herewith is a guest post by Gord Benner cottage life connoisseur and defender of the Algoma wilderness ethos:


Attached, please find photos from this year’s Algoma trip.

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View from Agawa Bay Lookout, Hwy. 17, Lake Superior Provincial Park -credit G. Benner

“Explore Ontario” we did … and didn’t like what we saw.

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Lake Superior Prov. Pk., Agawa Rock Pictographs Site -credit G. Benner

The Lake Superior Park website says:

“The Agawa Rock Pictographs are enduring messages from the past. This is a sacred site where generations of Ojibwe have come to record dreams, visions and events.”
“Agawa Rock is a sacred site. Please respect and preserve the pictographs. Do not touch the paintings.”

Please respect the site, but ignore those monuments to “greed” energy in the background.

Apparently some medicine man was consulted about the visual impact of the wind turbines on the opposite shore, lit a fire, did something with the ashes, then declared that the “sacred site” was still sacred.  Well, I guess that settles that.

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Photo #3 Bow Lake / Algoma “Wilderness” -credit G. Benner


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Bow Lake / Algoma “Wilderness” -credit G. Benner

Go ahead, clear cut the forests, dynamite the tops off the hills, build hundreds of kilometers of roads through endangered species habitat, don’t bother controlling the runoff of silt and other pollutants into the streams and lakes (so-called installed mitigation failed), don’t properly stabilize the slopes (mitigation failed), don’t provide proper ditching (failed), put up “sensitive amphibian habitat” signs only to be ignored by speeding pickups driven by wind, construction and maintenance personnel, and so on …


Revisited the camp on Algoma’s Negick Lake on July 17, 2016.
Photos taken last year are attached.

The wind turbines, which were under construction last year at this time, are now running and I can assure you that anyone who says they are whisper quiet is an outright liar.

When the wind is blowing, the continuous noise varies between the sound of a stationary plane , a train that never passes or a chugging washing machine that won’t quit:

“The Bow Lake / Nodin Kitigan  industrial wind development pretty much sandwiches Jim Fata’s retreat in the wilds of Algoma, the closest of 36 1.6MW turbines being across the water at a mere 850 metres.  Guests are shocked at the power of the sounds they emit which, was only supposed to be a whisper, yet can often be heard over even the small gas generator in Jim’s shed, or the radio played at moderate volume.”  –LSARC


(Also, over the pitter patter of light rain on the metal porch roof)

This is an intrusion on nature as well as the local camp owners’ enjoyment of their properties, not to mention visiting fishermen, hunters, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. This is particularly galling given the fact that most educated people now know industrial wind turbines are only good for two things: lining the pockets of wind developers and host landowners,  and stoking the egos of their enablers (mostly conned politicians and their lackeys).     

Wind Turbines loom over Fata camp, Negick Lake -credit G. Benner
IWT over Negick Lake -credit G. Benner

About lsarc

LSarc is grassroots protection of Lake Superior through citizen science and volunteerism.  If you are interested in preserving intact ecosystems and restoring biological integrity of the Lake Superior watershed using the scientific method to test hypotheses and research, then you are LSarc LSarc is proud to be a member of the John Muir Trust and the 60th member organization of Wind Concerns Ontario
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