Remedial Action Plan

What is a Remedial Action Plan?


A Remedial Action Plan (RAP) is a required cleanup plan for all designated Areas of Concern (AOC) in the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence River. These plans focus on restoring ecological impairments that resulted from historic human activity.

According to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, each RAP must include the following:

  1.  A list identifying which of the Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) are present and their causes
  2. The criteria for restoring the BUIs – taking into account local conditions and in consultation with local communities
  3. Remedial measures to be taken, including the identification of parties that will be responsible for implementing these measures
  4. A summary of the measures taken and their progress in removing the BUI
  5. A monitoring and evaluation program which tracks remedial measures and how they are leading to the restoration of impaired beneficial uses.

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