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Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

This Recommendation

This Recommendation should be revised. Suggested Revised Recommendation: Prepare and communicate a consumption advisory until contaminant levels in snapping turtles from Lyons Creek are below the appropriate guidelines for protection of the health of human consumers. (This will be clarified further from results of the contaminated sediment study). Surveillance & Monitoring Recommendations #19 - 21 should be addressed in the updated monitoring plan. 19. Continue monitoring municipal point sources (e.g., sewage treatment plants) including but not restricted to NRTMP point source monitoring parameters. 20. Continue monitoring industrial point sources and publish results. In the December 9, 1996 Provincial Response to the RAP, it was stated that the recommendation has been made to discontinue point source monitoring, based on indications that the 50% point source reduction goal had been met. 172 21. Develop and implement a Welland River and (Niagara River) Tributaries Monitoring Program. This Recommendation should be addressed in the new monitoring plan for the RAP. An updated tributary monitoring plan is required. 22. Taste and odour program (results) be monitored (drinking water). A rationale on why drinking water taste and odour is rated as “not impaired” may be required. Huge changes are taking place around the Great Lakes, some of which are the appearance of toxic algal species. This is outside the control of the AOC but it may crop up in the Niagara River AOC. In 1999, The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) joined seven major municipalities, the Ontario Provincial Government (Ontario Clean Water Agency and Ontario Ministry of the Environment) and two University partners to form the Ontario Water Works Research Consortium. This cooperative group, a unique model in Canada, was first established to address taste and odour problems in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River and, in the past five years, has made substantial progress towards understanding and predicting these outbreaks. In 2000, scientists expanded their research program to investigate the role played by large-scale water movements and shoreline nutrient inputs in recurring outbreaks. 173 172 Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Implementation Annex – Appendix C. November 2000 173 www.nrwi.ca/researchintoaction/chapter6-p-e.html Taste and Odour in Drinking Water.. 118

Niagara river remedial action plan stage 2 update The Western Lake Ontario Waterworks Consortium, comprised of the municipalities in the GTA and surrounding area, undertakes ongoing research to assist its members with the management and treatment of water. RMON has been an active partner in this initiative for many years and contributes funds annually. 174 23. Continue all monitoring programs for drinking water. The requirements for drinking water monitoring are established under the Safe Drinking Water Act 175 , 2002, and implemented by the service provider (the municipality). The purpose of the Act is to gather in one place all legislation and regulations relating to the treatment and distribution of drinking water. There is no BUI so long as the quality of drinking water is in compliance with the regulations. Part Two of Commissioner O’Connor’s Walkerton Inquiry Report contains specific recommendations that were aimed at protecting water sources from contamination. A key recommendation is that drinking water sources be protected by developing watershedbased sourceprotection plans, and these plans would be required for all watersheds in Ontario. Source water protection legislation is expected to be enacted through the Clean Water Act in 2006. Conservation Authorities are playing a lead implementation role. The Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy (NWQPS) is, essentially, a source Protection Plan. 176 24. Support and encourage participation in Canadian Wildlife Services’ community based wildlife monitoring programs. Due to the low numbers of volunteers in the Canadian Wildlife Service’s (CWS) community based wildlife monitoring programs, CWS is looking at hiring another person to encourage more participation. Volunteers play a major role in the annual bird count along the Niagara River. The Niagara River Corridor was designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in December 1996. 177 Annually, four species congregate in globally significant numbers along the river, as well as one of the largest and most diverse concentrations of gulls in the world. Information from the delisting criteria review monitoring needs indicates that species diversity and population sizes of birds and amphibians in Niagara River AOC marshes are lower than at non- AOC reference sites. This is most likely due to the quantity and quality of wetland habitat. 174 www.regional.niagara.on.ca Water & Wastewater Services Statistical Reports (2002): Taste & Odour Research Regionwide. 175 www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/water/sdwa/index.htm 176 Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy. October 2003. Phase 4 Report. 177 Niagara River Corridor IBA Working Group. Fall 2002. IBA Conservation Plan for the Niagara River Corridor IBA. 119

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