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Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

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The Niagara River Toxics Management Plan - 2007 Public Meeting The Canadian and U.S. environmental agencies hosted a public meeting on Grand Island, New York. The event marked the twentieth anniversary of the NRTMP, and information on the Niagara River RAP was available. Lyons Creek East and West Public meetings - 2007 Public Open Houses were held at Lyons Creek East and West in June 2007 to present information to the communities on the projects and how they relate to the Niagara River RAP. In response to public concern, a public information session was held in November 2007 regarding flow in Lyons Creek East. Subsequently, a fluvial geomorphology study was commenced in Spring 2008 under the NPCA’s South Niagara Falls Watershed Study. The study is expected to be completed in 2010 and the results will contribute towards the monitored natural recovery strategy for Lyons Creek East. (Further information can be found in section 2.2.3). The Boundary Waters Treaty Centennial Celebration - Niagara Falls - 2009 Throughout Boundary Waters Week, June 5 -14, the Niagara River Corridor was host to water-themed conferences, festivals, exhibitions and performances, guided hikes and tours – climaxing with the official celebration of the Boundary Waters Treaty on June 13 at the centre of the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls. The ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by the Niagara Parks Commission at Oakes Theatre Garden adjacent to the bridge. Thousands of Canadian and U.S. citizens attended the event. The Niagara River RAP display and hand-out materials were featured at the reception. 130

Niagara river remedial action plan stage 2 update RAP Outreach Presentations Friends of Fort Erie’s Creeks & Fort Erie Conservation Club - 2006. The Friends of Fort Erie’s Creeks hosted a RAP presentation during a joint meeting with the Fort Erie Conservation Club in March 2006. Approximately sixty members attended. A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium - 2007 A presentation on the challenges and opportunities in the Niagara River RAP was made at the A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium in November 2007, where the theme was: “Your Watersheds, Our Great Lakes”. The symposium is one of Ontario’s largest annual conferences focusing on environmental and conservation issues, and it hosts approximately 1,000 guests. It is attended by students, citizen environmentalists, policy-makers, practitioners and other committed individuals. Shaw Film Festival - 2009 In collaboration with a representative from the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo, the RAP Coordinator addressed the audience at the Shaw Festival on February 23 at the showing of the documentary: Flow: For the Love of Water. The public outreach opportunity was coordinated across the Niagara River to launch the BWT100 celebrations; promote the Niagara River RAP; promote the NPCA’s 50 th anniversary; and, announce Our Shared Waters Web site (www.oursharedwaters.com). Niagara Restoration Council (NRC) AGM - 2009 An update on the status of the RAP was presented at the October annual general meeting of the NRC. The group was originally formed by members from the original Public Advisory Committee in 1998. Since then it has carried out numerous habitat restoration projects with partners throughout the AOC to help to achieve RAP targets. Friends of Fort Erie’s Creeks – 2010 A presentation on the challenges and opportunities for delisting the Niagara River (Ontario) AOC was presented during the organization’s February Speaker’s Series, as announced in Water Watcher, January 2010, Volume 1, Number 1. RAP Night of Good News - 2010 The public was invited to come out and learn about environmental initiatives that have been happening in the Niagara River and Welland River watersheds. Presentations were given on the Natural Areas Inventory project (NPCA), the Niagara River AOC Fish Barrier Project (NRC) and upstream/ downstream monitoring of the Niagara River as part of the NRTMP (EC). The presentations were followed by awards of certificates of appreciation to the NPCA and the NRC. The event was hosted by the NPCA and the NPC. 131

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