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(This section includes Stage of RAP development, Beneficial Use Impairments and their delisting targets, and information on whether the AOC has been accurately mapped.)
Stage of RAP Development: 1

Are electronic maps available that include the AOC's geographic boundaries and associated sources of pollution? Yes

Beneficial Use Impairments (BUI):
(The BUI will appear underlined if a delisting target has been determined.
If underlined, click on the BUI to display the delisting target.)
Restriction on Fish & Wildlife Consumption
* Virtually eliminate all persistent and bioaccumulative contaminants from industrial and municipal discharge.
* Continue with sport fish contaminant monitoring programs in the St. Marys River and tributaries.
* Complete a Canadian Wildlife Survey assessment of common tern and black tern populations for the entire St. Marys River.
* Analyze contaminant levels in eggs from herring gull, black tern, and common tern nests in the AOC.
* Virtually eliminate all persistent and bioaccumulative contaminants from industrial and municipal discharge.
* Monitor receiving water every three years at St. Marys Paper Ltd. to document response of fish communities to improved effluent quality as mill upgrades and process improvements are implemented.
* A monitoring program should be developed to assess change in fish and wildlife populations in the AOC in response to habitat enhancement efforts.
* Continue with St. Marys River Fishery Task Group efforts to develop a 10 year assessment program for the river.
* Continue to support sea lamprey control efforts.
Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Population
* Complete a Canadian Wildlife Survey assessment of common tern and black tern populations for the entire St. Marys River.
* Analyze contaminant levels in eggs from herring gull, black tern, and common tern nests in the AOC.
* Virtually eliminate all persistent and bioaccumulative contaminants from industrial and municipal discharge.
* Monitor receiving water every three years at St. Marys Paper Ltd. to document response of fish communities to improved effluent quality as mill upgrades and process improvements are implemented.
* A monitoring program should be developed to assess change in fish and wildlife populations in the AOC in response to habitat enhancement efforts.
* Continue with St. Marys River Fishery Task Group efforts to develop a 10 year assessment program for the river.
* Continue to support sea lamprey control efforts.
Fish Tumor or Other Deformities
* Virtually eliminate all persistent and bioaccumulative contaminants from industrial and municipal discharge.
* Continue with process improvements at industrial and municipal facilities.
Degradation of Benthos
* Monitor effluent from East End Water Pollution Control Plant for concentrations and loadings of persistent contaminants exceeding guidelines in Lake George Channel sediments.
* Complete sediment chemistry analysis and benthic community assessment as part of the St. Mary=s River Contaminated Sediment Zones Evaluation (Kauss 1999).
* Periodically conduct benthic, toxicity, and sediment chemistry studies in the Bellevue Marine park area.
* Resample river sediments every five years to obtain trend with time information.
* Further sediment quality and benthic community assessments in the Algoma Steel slip to determine the effectiveness of contaminant removal during maintenance dredging operations, and the need for further dredging.
* Conduct further studies to characterize sediment quality in high priority areas (ie., adjacent to Algoma Slag Dump, portion of Little Lake George Channel downstream of East End WPCP, and the Algoma Slip).
* Monitor the receiving water every three years at St. Marys Paper Ltd. to document response of benthic communities to improved effluent quality as mill upgrades and process improvements are implemented.
* Develop a multi-agency sediment management plan for the river to address remedial options and implement actions for contaminated sediments, including long-term sediment contamination studies.
* Monitor surface water, groundwater, wetland soils, and biota at the Cannelton Industries Superfund site to ensure protection of the ecological food chain. Conduct a site review (U.S. EPA) every five years to ensure that the remedy continues to provide adequate protection.
Restrictions on Dredging Activities
* Evaluate sediment quality (quantity?) in the Algoma Slip to determine need for further dredging.
* Develop a multi-agency sediment management plan for the river to address immediate dredging needs.
Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae
* Upgrade East End Water Pollution Control Plant to secondary treatment.
* Control non point source pollution from agricultural activities.
Beach Closings
* Upgrade East End Water Pollution Control Plant to secondary treatment.
* Reduce stormwater infiltration to prevent sewage bypasses.
Degradation of Aesthetics
* Relocate discharge pipe from East End Water Pollution control Plant to deeper, faster moving water in the Lake George Channel in order to improve dispersion of discharge plume.
* Improve Algoma Slag Dump shoreline through shoreline stabilization and providing habitat for plant growth (soil addition).
Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat
* Control non point source pollution from agricultural activities and road crossings on tributaries.
* Develop a monitoring program to assess change in fish and wildlife use of the AOC in response to habitat enhancement efforts.
* Walleye recovery in the Bar River (mitigate the effects of land use practices upstream of historic walleye spawning grounds, restrict livestock access to river).
* Watershed development plans for Bennett, East and West Davignon, and Fort Creeks (14 individual actions).
* Remediation of rapids habitat and associated wetlands (7 options presented).
* Assess mortality rates for walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch; develop a 10-year assessment program for the river.
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CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT
Estimated remaining volume of contaminated sediment within the AOC: no information

Remediation to Date
Project Name: Amount Remediated: Remediation Cost:
Algoma Steel 11,500 m3 no information

Planned Action Regarding Sediment Remediation
Project Name: Amt. to be Remediated: Estimated Cost:
no information no information no information
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WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE
Improvements to Wastewater Infrastructure - Dollars Spent:
Environment Canada $395,000
Ontario $29,800,000

Identified Future Costs for Wastewater Infra. - Dollars Needed:
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - East End Sewage Treatment Plants $40,400,000
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HABITAT
Projects / Proposals / Costs:
$841,410 spent on habitat projects
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OTHER SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Issues:
Watershed management plans for Bennett & West Davignon Creek
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MANAGEMENT
Federal: John Marsden
Environment Canada
4905 Dufferin Street
Downsview, Ontario
(416) 739-4759
Provincial: Patrick Morash
Ontario MOE
435 James St. S.,
3rd Floor, P.O. Box 5000
Thunder Bay, ON   P7C 5G6
(807) 475-1271
Local / PAC: Rod Steward
OMOE
70 Foster Dr.
Sault. Ste. Marie, ON   P6A 6V4
(705) 541-2173


Please Note: Values provided are intended as indicators only, and may not capture all expenditures or work done. Summary is based on best available Information. "No Information" indicates relevant information was not available at time of publication.