Background

Work began on the Bi-national St. Clair River RAP in 1987. The RAP Stage One Report, which defines environmental problems in the AOC, was completed in 1991. The recommended plan, or Stage Two Report, was released in March 1995. In this document, the forty-five remedial actions to restore the river were outlined. Since that time, considerable progress has been made on implementation.  

Why was this area listed?

Major environmental issues of concern in the area included:

  • degradation of benthos (dynamics of benthic populations/communities)
  • restrictions on fish consumption
  • degradation of aesthetics loss of fish and wildlife habitat
  • restrictions on dredging activities
  • beach closings
  • bird or animal deformities or reproductive problems
  • restrictions on drinking water consumption or taste and odour problems
  • added cost to agriculture or industry  

What is being done? How is it being done?

Many linkages and alliances have been developed as part of the RAP process among the participants and various other groups in the community, including students, municipalities, landowners and industry. This plan, which was initiated in 1987, involves the following steps:

  • defining the problem
  • planning for implementation
  • implementing the actions
  • monitoring the restoration of the environment

Forty-five remedial actions to restore the environmental conditions were recommended through the RAP process, which included consultation with the public. Many actions have been implemented and progress continues on several others.  

Activities in the American portion of the AOC are being implemented by US agencies, and more information about those activities can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency web site and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment website  

Other Canadian sources of information can be found at the Environment Canada website