people can safely swim in the harbour for the first time in
50 years.
he WQB held its 146  meeting in Hamilton, Ontario
on June 26-27, 2002.  The WQB took advantage of
The Remedial Action Plan has achieved successes because
of strong local leadership to build community capacity and
the opportunity to consult with personnel involved
with the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan.  The
foster ownership of both the environmental problems and
intent was to learn how successes to date had been
their resolution.  The Bay Area Restoration Council and the
achieved, become better informed about today’s key issues,
Bay Area Implementation Team provide effective means for
and ascertain how the WQB could help advance restoration
local stakeholder engagement, leadership, and accountabil-
and protection of Hamilton Harbour.
ity for planning and implementation of programs and
measures to restore and protect Hamilton Harbour.  The
Bay Area Restoration Council is the community group that
In addition to a tour of the harbour courtesy of the
Hamilton Port Authority, the WQB received four informa-
promotes the Remedial Action Plan, and the Bay Area
tive presentations and accompanying background material:
Implementation Team is comprised of implementers, who
work with the Remedial Action Plan coordinator.
RAP State of the Harbour Update.  John Hall, Environ-
An additional result of local stakeholder involvement is
ment Canada, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator.
sustained community effort and dedication to the Remedial
Randle Reef Remediation Project.  John Shaw, Envi-
Action Plan.
ronment Canada.
Hamilton Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades.  Lou
di Gironimo, City of Hamilton.
The community is currently engaged in updating the 1992
Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 report and in revising
Report Card 2002 and Comments.  Marilyn Baxter, Bay
delisting targets, with the intention of setting more
Area Restoration Council.
ambitious targets.
The WQB also had the opportunity to engage in informal
Wastewater treatment system infrastructure improvements
and candid discussions.
are vital for restoration of the harbour.  Infrastructure is the
responsibility of the City of Hamilton and the Region of
Halton.  These municipalities are actively engaged in the
Findings of the Great Lakes Water Quality
Remedial Action Plan process and, to meet Remedial Action
Plan targets, have committed to upgrading the performance
of their wastewater treatment plants to exceed provincial
The WQB provided the following findings and advice to the
IJC on August 8, 2002.  Also presented below is the IJC’s
response to the WQB’s advice.
Federal support for the position of Remedial Action Plan
coordinator has contributed to the achievement of success.
The key points emerging from the consultation were the
Notwithstanding significant accomplishments to date,
much remains to be done.  Continued federal and provin-
Significant progress has been made in restoring Hamilton
cial support, including provision of scientific and technical
Harbour and its watershed.  For example, since 1990:
expertise, is necessary to keep the Remedial Action Plan
process moving forward and to ensure that Remedial
Public access to the harbour shoreline has increased
Action Plan restoration goals and targets are met by 2015.
from five to 21 percent.
340 hectares of new habitat has been established, and
Federal and provincial funding is essential to defray the
170 hectares of aquatic vegetation has returned to the
costs associated with upgrading and expanding the
infrastructure for wastewater and of sediment cleanup.
In addition, because of the improvement in water quality,