An estimated $478 million is required over the next 10
the shoreline, to improved vegetation and water quality.  People
to 12 years to upgrade the City of Hamilton’s waste-
can safely swim in the harbour for the first time in 50 years...
water and combined sewer systems, in order to meet
Remedial Action Plan delisting criteria.
“Much of the success to date is attributable to the strong local
An estimated $18 to 25 million is required for the
leadership which has built community capacity and fostered
Randle Reef sediment remediation project.
ownership of both the environmental problems and their
resolution.  The Bay Area Restoration Council (the community
Success in these programs will help ensure that the ambi-
group) and the Bay Area Implementation Team (the
implementors) provide effective means for local stakeholder
tious vision established by local stakeholders is achieved.
engagement, leadership, and accountability for planning and
implementation of programs and measures to restore and
2.3.3
Advice and Recommendations of the Great
protect Hamilton Harbour.  Key to the achievements is the
Lakes Water Quality Board
federal support for the position of a RAP coordinator.
The WQB recognizes the importance of community involve-
“In 1999 the Commission conducted a Status Assessment of the
ment in restoring Hamilton Harbour.
Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern.  It is encouraging to note
that progress is continuing, support for the RAP is being
The WQB recommends the following to the IJC:
maintained, and that agreement has been reached with the
community regarding the remediation approach for Randle Reef.
Recommend that the governments of Canada and
Ontario continue to provide administrative and
“Meeting RAP delisting criteria by 2015 will require a consider-
project support for the Hamilton Harbour
able amount of work and funding.  An estimated $478 million is
Remedial Action Plan.
required over the next 10 to 12 years to upgrade the City of
Hamilton’s wastewater and combined sewer systems.  A further
The cost of improvements to water and wastewater infra-
$18 to 25 million is required for the proposed Randle Reef
structure is beyond the capability of the municipal tax base.
sediment remediation project.  These projects are clearly
Resources from all levels of government are required in order beyond local capacity and will require assistance from a
to meet Hamilton Remedial Action Plan goals and targets.
number of parties.  Water rates have already been increased
considerably by the local council to help defray some of the
upgrades.
The WQB recommends the following to the IJC:
“After considering the advice of the Water Quality Board
Recommend that the governments of Canada and
the Commission is recommending the following:
Ontario commit to a tripartite funding partnership
with the city of Hamilton to finance upgrades to
wastewater infrastructure.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario continue to
provide funding for the RAP coordinator, projects and
general administration as well as scientific and
Recommend that the governments of Canada and
Ontario commit to a funding partnership for the
technical expertise.
expeditious cleanup of contaminated sediment.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario commit to a
The WQB requested IJC approval to share its advice with the
partnership with the City of Hamilton to finance
upgrades to wastewater infrastructure.
Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan Coordinator and
other Remedial Action Plan personnel.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario proceed
with the technical assessment of the remediation of
the contaminated sediment in the area of Randle Reef
2.3.4
Advice of the International Joint Commission
and create a partnership for the necessary funding to
implement the project.
In response to the WQB’s advice, on September 19, 2002
the IJC sent letters to the Parties and to Ontario.  The IJC
“Hamilton Harbour is a success story in progress.  The Com-
provided the following observations and three recommen-
mission encourages all levels of government and the private
dations.
sector to support the implementation of the RAP and provide
the assistance needed to build on its past successes, to achieve
“The Water Quality Board was particularly impressed with
its delisting targets and to be an example and inspiration to
the significant progress which has been made in restoring
other Areas of Concern.”
Hamilton Harbour, ranging from increased public access to
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