Contamination by urban stormwater and industrial spills
Persistent toxins from historical waste dumping
Degradation of wetland habitat
Invasive aquatic species
A must-read report on climate change in Sault Ste Marie:
(1) Status Report and Strategic Plan: St. Marys River Area of Concern (January 2020)
- Composed by Lisa Derickx (coordinator for the St. Marys River Remedial Action Plan), the most recent report on the status of the St. Marys River and progress towards the remediation of each specific Beneficial Use Impairment.
(2) Climate Change Risk Assessment: City of Sault Ste. Marie (2020)
- Compiled by the Climate Change Risk Institute in partnership with the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Government of Canada, this report details potential adverse effects of climate change on Sault Ste. Marie. It also evaluates the likelihood and severity of each effect based on 3 scenarios of human activity.
Director of Operations, NORDIK Institute, Part-time Faculty, Algoma University
Dr. Elaine Ho-Tassone brings together people and organizations from across sectors, cultures, and disciplines in collaborative, community-based projects focused on fresh water. She brings more than 15 years of experience in social innovation and youth engagement.
Dr. Elaine Ho-Tassone brings together people and organizations from across sectors, cultures, and disciplines in collaborative, community-based projects focused on fresh water. She brings more than 15 years of experience in social innovation and youth engagement. She earned her PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability (Water) at University of Waterloo and has recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology at Algoma University. Elaine has spoken about fresh water on various news programs, including the CBC and CTV. In 2018, she participated in the United Nations High-Level Political Forum while co-authoring the Generation SDG Blueprint to guide Canada’s implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She has since held two terms on the Facilitation Committee for international Action for Sustainable Development – first representing global women, and second as the representative for Canada. Elaine also owns and operates TRIECO Research and Consulting.
Ho, E., Trant, A., Gray, M., and Courtenay, S. (2020). Comparison of freshwater monitoring approaches: strengths, opportunities, and recommendations. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, (2020) 192:614.
Ho, E. (2018). Criteria-based ranking (CBR): A comprehensive process for selecting and prioritizing monitoring indicators. MethodsX, 5: 1234-1329.
Ho, E., Eger, S., and Courtenay, S. (2018). Assessing current monitoring indicators and reporting for cumulative effects integration: A case study in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. Ecological Indicators, 95: 862-876.
Ho, E., Clarke, A., and Dougherty, I. (2015). Youth-led social change: Topics, engagement types, organizational types, strategies, and impacts. Futures, 67: 52-62.
Ho-Tassone, E., Judge, A., Trant, A. J., and Courtenay, S. C. (2022). Collaborative watershed analysis: A ‘groupthink’ assessment of cumulative effects. Journal of Great Lakes Research. [Accepted to special issue, to be published approx. October 27, 2022)
Manuscripts submitted for peer review:
Ho-Tassone, E., Courtenay, S. C., Trant, A. J., and Miller, R. (2022). Knowledge co-creation through Indigenous arts: Diversity in freshwater quality monitoring and management. Submitted to Journal of Great Lakes Research.
Manuscripts in preparation for peer review:
Ho-Tassone, E., Courtenay, S. C., Trant, A. J., and [other co-authors TBD]. (2023). A framework for diversity and collaboration in community-based water quality monitoring (Ontario, Canada) [working title]. Journal TBD.
Imre, I., Brown, G., Claramunt, R., Loftus, K., Kapuscinski, K., Dew, W., and Ho-Tassone, E. (2023). Opportunities for induced neophobia to support Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) reintroduction in the Great Lakes [working title]. Journal TBD.