About the St. Clair River
The St. Clair River is a key shipping channel in the Great Lakes Seaway system
and provides important habitat for many species within its wetland areas.
It is also a designated as an Area of Concern (AOC) under the Canada–United
States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. AOC's are sites on the Great Lakes
system where environmental quality is significantly degraded and beneficial
uses, such as the health of our beaches, are impaired.
Canadian and U.S. agencies are implementing a cleanup program, known as the
Remedial Action Plan, with guidance from the St. Clair River
Binational Public Advisory
Council (BPAC) composed of representatives from Michigan and Ontario.
Designate Two St. Clair River Beneficial Use Impairments as
The status of two Beneficial Use Impairments
(BUI’s) in the St. Clair River Area of Concern has been re-designated by
Canadian government authorities as no longer impaired. A comprehensive review of
two reports (see links below) was conducted by Environment and Climate Change
Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks leading
to the re-designating decision and public announcement on October 31, 2018.
The two BUI’s Beach Closings and
Restrictions on Dredging Activities were designated as "not impaired" for
the Canadian portion of the SI. Clair River Area of Concern, pursuant to the
provisions of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, 2012.
“Congratulations to all
members of the Canadian Remedial Action Plan Implementation Committee and local
community members who have worked so diligently to attain these important
environmental milestones,” said Michael Goffin, regional director general with
Environment Canada in a letter dated October 31, 2018.
Beneficial Use Impairment
(BUI) Reports Now Available
After several years of compiling and
analyzing data and conducting specific scientific studies, the Canadian Remedial
Action Plan Committee (CRIC) is pleased to share the following reports
recommending a “Not Impaired” status be assigned to the following 3 beneficial
use impairments (BUIs):
report details what the concern was, what actions and research was
undertaken to address the concerns.