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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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of the Implementation Annex. Opportunities to form partnerships and task forces targeted toward developing specific action plans will be identified and pursued. Within these partnerships, the Niagara River RAP will strive to develop model “terms of reference” for projects completed by community liaison committees and subwatershed strategies. The NPCA liaises and partners with many groups in the Niagara River watershed, both government and non-government organizations, and has compiled a database. The NPCA is working towards the establishment of community groups (such as “Friends of ” groups) for each subwatershed of the RAP area. This will help extend restoration and water quality improvement activities beyond the limitations of government organizations. Also, the NPCA provides assistance and expertise to private landowners. In 2003, the Niagara Region introduced the Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy (now named the Niagara Water Strategy) through a partnership with the NPCA and the MOE. The intent of the Strategy is to work towards a common goal of protection, restoration and management of water resources across the Niagara watershed in conjunction with implementing partners. 84 The Niagara River RAP is represented on the Water Advisory Group of the Niagara Water Strategy. In 2004, the Niagara River RAP began a review of the delisting criteria and possible impairments which involved the establishment of a Steering Committee and a Public Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC was comprised of stakeholders from throughout the watershed. Stakeholders included nature clubs, soil and crop improvement associations, stewardship groups, industry, government agencies and academia. The initial Impairment review was completed in 2007 and details are provided in the working report: “Technical Review of Impairments and Delisting Criteria”. A review and assessment of the 37 Recommendations in the Stage 2 report was completed concurrently. The Stage 2 review details on the Recommendations are provided in section 2.3 of this report. This working document also began the review of the delisting criteria and status of the BUIs (see section 3.0). International liaison: The Niagara River RAP liaises with the Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER 85 (formerly Friends of the Buffalo Niagara River) and participated in Watershed Stakeholder Restoration Planning Sessions in July 2004. One of the goals of the sessions was to develop a set of restoration goals for the Niagara River over the life of the Robert Moses Niagara Power Project license towards developing a Healthy Niagara Watershed Management Plan. The Niagara River RAP sent a letter of support in August, 2004. Since then, opportunities to network have been provided by cross-border forums organized by the Niagara Region and the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo. In 2007, the Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER invited a representative from the Niagara River (Ontario) RAP to participate on a committee to develop habitat conservation targets for the Buffalo River and Niagara River RAPs. 86 In 2008, the NYSDEC received funding from the U.S. EPA to continue coordination of the Niagara River (U.S.) RAP and a Remedial Advisory Committee (RAC) has been established. 87 84 Niagara Region and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. 2005 Niagara Watershed Report Card. 85 www.BNRiverkeeper.org 86 Correspondence from Margaret Wooster, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, to Valerie Cromie, dated March 1, 2007. 87 Niagara River Remedial Action Plan. Remedial Advisory Committee (RAC) Implementation Meeting. June 19, 2008. 40

Niagara river remedial action plan stage 2 update Since then, liaison and information sharing across the river has increased. The NRTMP also provides another forum for international liaison and it is a source of technical data to both the Ontario and New York Niagara River RAPs. 2 .3 Reviewing the 1995 Recommendations In addition to the review of what work has been accomplished in the Niagara River AOC since 1995 a background paper, reviewing the Recommendations and proposing a revised list of recommendations, was completed in 2006 (Appendix 10). A summary of the completed recommendations and the new revised list of recommendations from the background paper can be found in the following table. Table 10: Summary of the Status of the Recommendations and the List of New Recommendations Recommended Theme Categories (Implementation Annex) Water Quality - Municipal Water Quality - Rural Sediment Quality Recommendations (Stage 2) Status New Recommendations 1. The Niagara River RAP become involved in Revised Infrastructure Needs Studies 2. Enforce the Regional Sewer Use By-Law (By-Law Revised #3308) 3. The Region of Niagara continue to work towards implementing a water pollution control plant Revised optimization program for all its plants. 4. Enforce the MISA Municipal Program for Municipal Sewage Treatment Plants upon the promulgation of Revised the MISA Municipal Regulation. 5. Landfills continue to be monitored regularly. Revised 6. Prepare and Implement a rural non-point source Revised (NPS) pollution remediation strategy. 7. Farmers in the Niagara River AOC be encouraged to follow sound farming practices such as recommended Revised in the Environmental Farm Plan program. 8. Additional funding per farm business be given to the Environmental Farm Plan Incentive Program Revised operating in the Niagara River AOC. 9. The lower Welland River (downstream of the Welland airport) be the priority focus of any sediment assessment. 10. Potentially contaminated locations be prioritized for review, assessment and remediation 11. Test potentially contaminated sediment sites to confirm the absence / presence of contamination. Completed Revised Completed 1. Implement municipal waste water quality projects through infrastructure upgrades, optimization and pollution prevention and control planning initiatives. 2. Identify priority target areas for water quality and habitat improvement and encourage landowner participation through funding incentives, education, stewardship and outreach. 3. Implement the sediment remediation actions identified through the studies on contaminated sediment sites in the AOC. 41

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