2018 FOSCR Board of Directors
     Darrell Randell, President
     Brenda Lorenz, Vice President
     Terry Burrell, Treasurer
     Kelly Johnson, Secretary
     Ken Hall, Webmaster
     Kathy Watts, Director
     Peter Westfall, Director
     Kris Lee, Director
     Erin Carroll, Director
     Archie Kerr, Director
     Craig Griffiths, 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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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.


Governments Designate Two St. Clair River Beneficial Use Impairments as "Not Impaired"

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):

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
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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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