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Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

In 2005, the

In 2005, the Niagara Region began dewatering and diverting 50% of its biosolids to Niagara Biosolids Corp. The dewatered biosolids are further treated by Niagara Biosolids Corp. through a heat and lime stabilization process. The end product is marketed through the Canada Fertilizer Act and sold to the farming community. The Report of the Walkerton Commission of Inquiry, parts 1 and 2, on Mr. Justice O’Connor’s recommendations regarding the need for nutrient control is available at: www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov. on.ca/english/about/pubs/walkerton/ 2003: Adoption and implementation of the Niagara Water Strategy The purpose of the Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy (NWQPS) is “to develop a strategy composed of a set of prioritized actions that inherently consider all ongoing parallel initiatives by other stakeholders and to work toward a common purpose of protecting, restoring, and managing the Niagara area’s water resources.” 144 In 2002, the NPCA and partners, the Niagara Region and the Ministry of the Environment, developed the Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy, now referred to as the Niagara Water Strategy (NWS). The goals of the strategy are “...to promote the sustainable use of Niagara water resources and to ensure safe and abundant water for current and future generations.” 145 Hundreds of actions were recommended by stakeholders, the public and the consultant team during the strategy development period. To establish a framework for development and communication of the NWQPS and help focus strategy planning, five key themes were developed: }} Human Health - Clean and abundant drinking water for safe human consumption }} Recreation – Sufficient and clean water to support and sustain recreational uses } } Property Risk and Liability – Protection for residential, employment and public land uses from adverse flooding and erosion }} Agriculture and Commerce – Clean and abundant water for agriculture and economic opportunities }} Natural Environment – Sufficient water of a satisfactory quality in natural settings to restore and maintain healthy flora, fauna and ecosystem integrity 146 144 Regional Municipality of Niagara. October 2003. Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy. Technical Summary Report. 145 Niagara Water Strategy Annual Report 2006. 146 Regional Niagara, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Ontario Ministry of the Environment. October 2002. Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy. Protecting Water in Niagara Now and in the Future. (brochure). 98

Niagara river remedial action plan stage 2 update In addition to more than 40 “indirect actions” (activities undertaken by Strategy partners and stakeholders, but not done by the Strategy directly), six priority “direct actions” were identified for implementation in 2005: Data and Monitoring Harmonization; Agricultural Best Management Practices; Combined Sewer Overflow Status Update; Stormwater Management and Erosion Control; Water Efficiency Program; and, Watershed Report Card. 147 In 2006, the strategy was renamed as the Niagara Water Strategy (NWS). Direct Actions planned for 2006/2007 are: Co-ordination of Land Use Data Collection Efforts Amongst various Agencies and Municipalities; Agricultural Demonstration Projects Study; Stormwater Management to Address Beach Closures; Water Policy Investigation; Development of a Regional Pollution Discharge Elimination Program (RPDEP); and Develop Consistent Development Policies Across the Watershed as they Relate to the Management of Water Resources. The first annual Niagara Watershed Report Card was released in March, 2006. A more comprehensive Report Card will be produced on a five-year basis. Progress on the Strategy is communicated through the NWS newsletter and the RMON Web site. 148 2004 – 2006: Review of the RAP Beneficial Use Impairments and Delisting Criteria and Assessment of Monitoring Requirements The Niagara River RAP Stage 2 Report – “The Cleanup Connection” – was completed in 1995. It contains 37 Recommendations for cleaning up the AOC as well as proposed International Delisting Criteria and Canadian Cleanup Criteria. However, since then, many remediation activities have taken place within the AOC and many things have changed. Some of these changes include environmental conditions within the AOC, remediation technologies, analytical capabilities, and the programs and priorities of RAP partners. In 2004, a Review of the Delisting Criteria and Possible Impairments was initiated. Two ad hoc committees (a Steering Committee and a Public Advisory Committee) were struck to assist with the review and work towards developing a revised list of well-defined, achievable delisting criteria. During 2005 and 2006, technical committees of scientists reviewed the designations of the beneficial uses for the AOC and suggested some changes. They also drafted new comprehensive delisting criteria and monitoring requirements to help the RAP move more effectively and efficiency towards delisting. Results of the technical reviews were circulated to the ad hoc committees for their input and endorsement. Details of the review are included in this report. 147 Regional Municipality of Niagara. October 2003. Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy. Technical Summary Report. 148 www.regional.niagara.on.ca 99