2019 FOSCR Board of Directors
     Craig Griffiths, President
     Brenda Lorenz, Vice President
     Terry Burrell, Treasurer
     Darrell Randell, Past President
     Kelly Johnson, Secretary
     Ken Hall, Webmaster
     Kathy Watts, Director
     Peter Westfall, Director
     Kris Lee, Director
     Erin Carroll, Director
     Archie Kerr, Director
     Vince Gagner, Director


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For more information on Friends of the St. Clair River or to get involved in FOSCR / BPAC activities, please contact FOSCR webmaster, Ken Hall or Canadian BPAC Co-Chair Kris Lee.

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Help FOSCR support our River!!

Friends of the St. Clair River (FOSCR) is an all-volunteer registered Canadian charitable organization. FOSCR works to promote conservation, beautification and other environmental restoration projects along the Canadian shore of  the St. Clair River. FOSCR was created to assist in the development and implementation of the St. Clair River Remedial Action Plan (RAP).

FOSCR membership consists of approximately 20 people who are the Canadian Members of the St. Clair River BPAC. The organization is operated by a Board of Directors which meets quarterly.

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.


The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) has been granted funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and Dow Canada to initiate a detailed engineering design for management of contaminated sediment in the St. Clair River. 

The funding supported the hiring of a project manager by the SCRCA who is responsible for procuring a consultant, and then overseeing the design process. The consultant will be responsible for developing a detailed engineering plan to implement a sediment remediation strategy for three priority areas in the river.  The design phase of this project will outline logistical details to carry out the work and provide a more accurate estimate of costs.  Communication with the public, First Nation communities and key stakeholders about the proposed work is an important aspect of this project. 

Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and Dow Canada have collaborated in the evaluation of the sediment management options identified in 2013. The objective of this effort has been to develop a remediation plan that will guide the cleanup of contaminated sediment in the St. Clair River and reduce the risk of mercury bioaccumulation in fish. Through this work, the size and shape of the three areas previously identified as requiring cleanup have been refined.

Further information on the design phase of this project including tasks and timelines will be available at the upcoming project engagement sessions noted below. Once the engineering design is complete, discussions will begin regarding implementation of the project.

 Monday, April 15, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Clearwater Arena – Lower Community Room, 1400 Wellington Street, Sarnia
Presentation at 6:30 pm

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Wallaceburg Municipal Office – Multipurpose Room, 786 Dufferin Avenue, Wallaceburg
Presentation at 1:00 pm

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Courtright Fire Hall, 1550 Eighth Street, Courtright
Presentation at 6:30 pm

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):

Bird or Animal Deformities or other Reproductive Problems Beach Closings Restrictions on Dredging

1)   Each report details what the concern was, what actions and research was undertaken to address the concerns.

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Friends of the St. Clair River produces a quarterly E-Newsletter to help keep the community informed on the latest projects and accomplishments in the St. Clair River AOC. Join our distribution list.

Click here to view latest issue (November 2018)

Review FOSCR and BPAC meeting minutes


2017 Uploads

CRIC Minutes
September, 2017
click to view

The People’s Great Lakes Summit
May, 2017

Click here to read the full report

Status of the Beneficial Use Impairment Restrictions on Drinking Water Consumption or Taste and Odour Problems
A Discussion Paper prepared for the Canadian RAP Implementation Committee (CRIC)

Click here to view the report

The St. Clair River AOC - PowerPoint Presentation (13 slides)

Click here to view

AOC Reports

A Study using revised delisting criteria to assess the "degradation of aesthetics" Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) reports that current evidence meets the identified target and supports a change of status for this BUI from "impaired" to "not impaired". Great news for the St. Clair River!

Read the full report here
Status of the Degradation of Aesthetics
Beneficial Use Impairment

Fact Sheets  on the St. Clair River
Fact Sheet # 1
Fact Sheet # 2
Fact Sheet # 3
U.S. Fact Sheet

Awareness / Promotional Items
Fighting Invasive Phragmites
SCRAOC Brochure

View archived status updates on remaining concerns in the St. Clair River Celebrating the St. Clair Photo Contest
View all the photographs entered by members of the public during FOSCR St. Clair River photo contests.

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