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Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Update Report

2.2.6 Surveillance and

2.2.6 Surveillance and Monitoring 1995 Recommendations: #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. #21: Develop and implement a Welland River (and Niagara River) Tributaries Monitoring Program. #22: Taste and odour program (results) be monitored (drinking water). #23: Continue all monitoring programs for drinking water. #24: Support and encourage participation in Canadian Wildlife Services’ community based wildlife monitoring programs. #25: Implement a resident attitude monitoring program. Status of progress: Niagara River Toxics Management Plan: In December 1996, Environment Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region II, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation re-affirmed their commitment to the 1987 Niagara River Toxics Management Plan (NRTMP). This commitment was “to reduce toxic chemical inputs to the Niagara River to achieve ambient water quality that will protect human health, aquatic life, and wildlife, and while doing so, improve and protect water quality in Lake Ontario as well.” 72 The NRTMP is the source of data on contaminants for the Niagara River RAPs in Ontario and New York State. For further information see Appendix 5. In the 2007 Progress Report of the NRTMP it summarizes that: “Overall, the water quality of the river has improved significantly since the inception of the NRTMP in 1987. Based on a review of the most current trend information, the original goal of 50% reduction in the concentration of 10 of the 18 priority toxics either has been met or exceeded for all except PCBs, p,p’-DDE and the particulate phase PAHs. Despite this success, more work is needed to further reduce those compounds whose concentrations continue to statistically exceed the most stringent Agency criteria or standards (e.g., hexachlorobenzene, mirex) in order to meet the purpose of the 1996 Letter of Support.” 73 72 Niagara River Toxics Management Plan. September 2005. Progress Report and Work Plan. 73 Niagara River Secretariat. October 2007. Niagara River Toxics Management Progress Report and Work Plan. 74 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. 2007. Water Quality Monitoring Program 2006 Annual Report. 34

Niagara river remedial action plan stage 2 update Tributaries Monitoring Program: In 2003, a partnership was established with the MOE through the Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network (PWQMN) whereby the NPCA collects monthly water samples at six stations located within the NPCA watershed and the MOE provides laboratory services. The PWQMN was established in 1964 to collect surface water quality information from rivers and streams at strategic locations throughout Ontario. Over time, stations have been added and discontinued in response to changing MOE and program-specific needs. Two NPCA PWQMN stations are located on the Welland River. 74 In 2003-2005, the Niagara River AOC Tributary Monitoring Program (an enhanced monitoring program in the AOC) was implemented through a partnership between the NPCA and MOE. The objectives of the program were (1) to establish baseline water quality conditions at selected tributaries and (2) to track changes in water quality at historic Welland River stations since the 1994/96 Welland River Water Quality Report. The annual reports 75,76 included a recommendation that long-term monitoring should be continued in order to firmly establish baseline water quality conditions for Niagara River tributaries and guide future restoration efforts within the watershed. Wildlife monitoring programs: The NPCA’s Water Quality Improvement Program regularly uses Environment Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service’s Marsh Monitoring Program (MMP) to evaluate their constructed wetlands. This MMP data is also currently being studied by Bird Studies Canada to assess the status of several delisting criteria. For a further status of progress on these recommendations – see Appendix 10 75 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. July 2004. Niagara River AOC Tributary Monitoring Program 2003 Annual Report. 76 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. June 2005. Niagara River AOC Tributary Monitoring Program 2004 Annual Report. 35

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