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Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

The Implementation

The Implementation Committee The Implementation Committee is mainly comprised of various government agency representatives and key stakeholders in the AOC (Appendix 2). Below is an overview of the Committee’s meeting schedule: Meeting Date *November 27, 2008 *April 23, 2009 *February 4, 2010 Purpose Development of draft RAP work plan and review/ comment on the draft Stage 2 update report Revising the draft RAP work plan Confirmation of new RAP Work Plan * Meeting minutes recorded and filed at the NPCA Stage 2 Update Report Review Comments This document was reviewed by a wide variety of agencies and organizations. These include: 134 }} Niagara Falls Nature Club } } } } } } } } }} Environment Canada } } } } } Niagara South Federation of Agriculture } Peninsula Field Naturalists } Niagara Region – Public Works, Water * wastewater } Niagara Region – Integrated Community Planning } City of Welland – Public Works } City of Niagara Falls – Municipal Works } Niagara Parks Commission } New York State Department of Environmental Conservation } Ontario Ministry of the Environment } Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources } Fisheries and Oceans Canada } Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Note: The comments received (and responses from the Coordinating Committee to the comments) are compiled in a separate document. Formal Support for the Stage 2 Update Report At the time of printing this document the following organizations had given their formal support: May 19, 2010 – NPCA Board of Directors received an updated presentation and they verbally supported the new RAP direction. May 26, 2010 – Niagara Region’s Integrated Community Planning Committee (in collaboration with Public Works and Public Health Departments) received an updated presentation and approved staff ’s recommendation to accept the Stage 2 Update. June 3, 2010 – Niagara Region Council ratified the staff ’s recommendation. July 15, 2010 – Niagara Parks Commission approved staff ’s recommendation: “……as stakeholders in the Niagara River (Ontario) Remedial Action Plan will, in good faith and insofar as possible, work towards implementation of those actions for which they have a lead, or partnering role.”

Niagara river remedial action plan stage 2 update Appendix 12: The Niagara River AOC Coordinating Committee’s Recommended Delisting Criteria Date: March 2009 The purpose of this document is to inform you (members of the Science Committee and PAC) of the recommended delisting criteria that has been endorsed by the Coordinating Committee for the Niagara River (Ontario) Area of Concern (AOC) for incorporation into the 2009 Stage 2 Update. This document also provides an explanation of how the recommended delisting criteria were adapted from the suggested criteria in the working document “Technical Review of Impairments and Delisting Criteria – Niagara River (Ontario) Remedial Action Plan” (Technical Review working document). The suggested criteria were originally developed with the assistance of the various Niagara River (Ontario) Area of Concern (AOC) Remedial Action Plan (RAP) technical teams and were reviewed by Coordinating Committee and the Public Advisory Committee (PAC). As you may be aware, delisting criteria are developed on a site-specific basis by the various government agencies, in conjunction with the public. These criteria are used as environmental targets for evaluating remedial measure implementation and effectiveness. They must correspond to the 14 possible Beneficial Use Impairments as outlined by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The previous delisting criteria for Niagara, developed in the original Stage 2 (1995), served as a guiding principle for the Remedial Action Plan (RAP); however, in many cases they could not be measured in order to determine whether the health of the ecosystem had been restored. “Delisting criteria should be premised on the following fundamental underlying qualities: 1) Locally defined use goals and environmental objectives; 2) Applicable federal and provincial objectives, guidelines, standards and/or policies related to the RAP; 3) The Principles and Objectives embodied in the GLWQA” (The Canada-Ontario Guide to Producing and Reviewing Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 and Stage 3 Reports, revised 2003) Ideally, these criteria should also have the following qualities: specific, measurable, achievable and scientifically defensible. In 2007, the Technical Review working document was drafted. Since then, there has been significant progress towards refining delisting criteria for Great Lakes Canadian AOCs, as well as progress on implementation actions in the Niagara River AOC. Progress towards implementation of priority RAP actions includes: }} Completion of the detailed assessment for the 14 potentially contaminated sediment areas identified in the Stage 1 and Stage 2 documents; }} Completion of the Canada-Ontario Decision-Making Framework for the Assessment of Great Lakes Contaminated Sediment (Framework) for Lyons Creek East; }} Completion of Environmental and Human Health Risk Assessments for Lyons Creek East and Lyons Creek East and West; }} Completion of sediment management options assessments for Lyons Creek East and Lyons Creek West; }} Ongoing public consultation meetings on Lyons Creek East; }} Decision to manage the contaminated sediment in Lyons Creek East through Monitored Natural Recovery; 135

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