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Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

5.1 Implementation As

5.1 Implementation As part of the review of the delisting criteria and BUIs, a number of recommendations were made for science-related activities (monitoring, assessment, and reporting) to be undertaken in the Niagara River (Ontario) AOC. Most of these recommendations involve some combination of the same partners to undertake the work, namely: }} Environment Canada (EC) } } } } } } Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) } Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) } The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) } The Niagara Region (NR) or municipalities } The Niagara River Toxics Management Plan (NRTMP) To oversee implementation of science-related activities identified in the RAP Monitoring Plan, a RAP Science Committee, comprised of representatives of the above partners, has been struck. Under the auspices of the Niagara River (Ontario) RAP Coordinating Committee, the Science Committee convened in late 2007 to review and discuss the draft Terms of Reference. 115 The RAP Science Committee is an important component of the new RAP Implementation Framework (see section 5.2). Table 22: Summary of the Niagara River RAP Monitoring Plan. 116 Monitoring Project Sport Fish Contaminants Monitoring Niagara River Toxics Management Plan Wildlife Monitoring Description Collection of sport fish from representative sections of AOC waterways and an analysis of edible portions for harmful pollutants. To reduce toxic chemical concentrations in the Niagara River by reducing inputs from sources along the river. There are three components to the plan: 1) Upstream/Downstream program 2) Biomonitoring using young of the year fish 3) Source trackdown and analysis screening using mussel monitoring 1) Coordination and implementation of monitoring and assessment related to wildlife populations and contaminants burdens. 2) Wetland-dwelling wildlife populations and diversity statistical comparisons of habitat conditions within versus outside the AOC (as determined by indicators such as Indices of Biotic Integrity and/or community status assessments derived from Bird Studies Canada’s Marsh Monitoring Program). BUI(s) Addressed Restrictions on Fish Consumption Restrictions on Fish Consumption Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations Implementation Lead & Partners MOE-EMRB MNR-Niagara Area, NPCA 1) Environment Canada 2) MOE - EMRB 3) MOE - EMRB 1) Environment Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service 2) Bird Studies Canada MNR- Niagara Area, NPCA 115 Environment Canada. August 2007. Niagara River (Ontario) Remedial Action Plan Monitoring Plan. Draft, Version 1. 116 Environment Canada Restoration Programs. August 2007. Niagara River (Ontario) RAP Monitoring Plan. Draft, Version 1. 78

Niagara river remedial action plan stage 2 update Fisheries Assessment 1) Coordination and implementation of regular assessments of the Welland River fish community, involving sampling both forage fish and top predators. 2) It will also assess the effectiveness of fish barrier removal efforts in restoring the natural distributions of select sentinel species. Gathering of missing data about how the Welland River ecosystem is responding to nutrient inputs (e.g.- algal blooms or low oxygen levels), set delisting criteria for key parameters in the river, and set targets for tributary nutrient loads to meet the delisting criteria. Degradation of Fish Populations 1) MNR - Niagara Area 2) NRC NPCA Eutrophication and Water Quality Assessment Eutrophication or Other Undesirable Algae NPCA MOE-EMRB, MOE-South Central Region, Niagara Region City of Welland STP upgrade studies Niagara on the Lake beach monitoring Phytoplankton/ zooplankton population assessments Lyons Creek East - Monitored Natural Recovery Strategy Fish and Wildlife Habitat Assessment Complete further monitoring around the City of Welland CSOs and future possible upgrades. Eutrophication or Other Undesirable Algae Beach Closings Region of Niagara Complete further monitoring at the Queen’s Royal beach and its outfall in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Region of Niagara, Town of Niagara -on-the-Lake Not identified yet Currently these populations are identified as requiring further assessments in the Stage 2 Update. An assessment study needs to be developed. Degradation of Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Populations Degradation of Benthos Development and implementation of monitoring plans as part of the sediment management strategy for Lyons Creek East contaminated sediments. Monitoring will confirm the recovery of sediments and aquatic ecosystems. MOE Environment Canada, NPCA, TC, City of Welland Identification of suitable reference watersheds and statistical comparisons of habitat conditions within versus outside the AOC (using data from the Natural Heritage Areas Inventory). Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat NPCA, MNR-Niagara Area (wetlands), MOE, Environment Canada, Bird Studies Canada 79

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