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Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

NOTE: Details in this

NOTE: Details in this appendix were superceded by the Stage 2 review. Appendix 10: Niagara River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Recommendations and Proposed List of Recommendations (Background paper - June 26, 2006) Purpose The purpose of the review of the Niagara River RAP Recommendations is to determine their current status and report this information in the Stage 2 Update report. Over the past 11 years changes and influences on the RAP have necessitated a review and revision of the Recommendations. This review will identify those Recommendations that have been completed; those that are considered to be redundant due to changes in circumstances over the past 10 years; those that should be revised and/or combined; and, those that should be included in the new action plan for the Area of Concern (AOC). A rationale on the status of each Recommendation will be provided in the Stage 2 Update report, including identification of those Recommendations that are beyond the scope of the RAP. The review will include public input to develop an updated list of Recommendations and actions required to delist the Niagara River (Ontario) AOC. Background The Niagara River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Stage 2 report: The Cleanup Connection (1995) contains thirty-seven Recommendations to clean up the Niagara River (Ontario) AOC. Since then, many changes and initiatives have taken place during implementation of the RAP. Not long after the release of the Stage 2 report to the community at large, the former Public Advisory Committee (PAC) became incorporated in 1998 as the Niagara River Restoration Council and focussed its attention on implementation of some of the Recommendations. In 1999, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) assumed the role of RAP Coordinator through a three-party agreement with Environment Canada and the Ministry of the Environment. In November 2000, the Niagara River RAP Implementation Annex (action plan) was produced with the intent to compliment the goals, objectives and ecosystem approach vision expressed in the Stage 2 report. The work plan provided a concise account of the proposed and anticipated RAP partner and implementation activities. Since the completion of the Stage 2 Report and undertaking the action plan, the Niagara River (Ontario) RAP is well into the implementation and monitoring phase of the RAP process. Review of the Recommendations The Recommendations are grouped into the following categories: General, Water Quality – Municipal, Water Quality – Rural, Sediment Quality, Biota/Habitat Quality, Human Health, Surveillance & Monitoring, and Stewardship & Education. The Niagara River Coordinating Committee, comprised of representatives from Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, met to review and discuss the status of the 37 Recommendations laid out in the Stage 2 report. 112

Niagara river remedial action plan stage 2 update The original Recommendations are shaded and presented under each of the categories followed by the results of the RAP Coordinating Committee’s review. Table 1 provides a summary of the Committee’s findings. Water Quality - Municipal It is proposed that Recommendations #1, 2, 3, and 4 should be updated into a single, new Recommendation pertaining to municipal wastewater infrastructure. Suggested Revised Recommendation: Implement municipal waste water quality improvement projects through infrastructure upgrades, optimization and pollution prevention and control planning initiatives. 1. The Niagara River RAP become involved in Infrastructure Needs Studies (INS). Innovative demonstrations for stormwater management and different technologies to address Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) (e.g., CSO Muddy Run – pilot and full-scale Hirate treatment) are being tested in the Niagara River AOC. The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) is providing technical advice to the monitoring program for the High Rate Treatment demo at Niagara Falls. This project is well underway. The Niagara River RAP will work with the NWQPS process to identify the key infrastructure priorities from a RAP perspective. 2. Enforce the Regional Sewer Use By-Law (By-Law #3308) The Regional Sewer Use By-Law 169 permits the RMON to monitor and control contaminants discharged into the sewer system. It defines what is permitted to be discharged into a sewer, whether sanitary, combined, or storm sewers. In 2002, as part of the Sewer Use Program, the bylaw was revised to reflect the MOE’s Model Sewer Use By-Law. Enforcement is ongoing through the Niagara Region. 3. The Region of Niagara continue to work towards implementing a water pollution control plant optimization program for all its plants. The RMON is in the process of implementing the optimization program throughout all the Water Pollution Control Plants (WPCP). This “Direct” action is listed under the Direct Energy, New Technology, Best Practices Program of the NWQPS Direct Action Summary for 2005 - 2014. Implementation of this Recommendation is a high priority action for the RAP. 169 Regional Niagara. Water and Wastewater Division. A Guide to the Sewer Use By-Law. 170 113

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