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. Each AOC approaches RAP development in different ways. The bi-national AOCs, of which the St. Lawrence River is one of five, also have different  methods of engagement and cooperation between jurisdictions. Involved within the bi-national St. Lawrence River AOC there are three nations (Canada, U.S., and Akwesasne); two provinces (Ontario and Quebec), as well as one state.

According to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, each RAP, including this one, 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 remove BUIs
Lisa and Dominique recording fish measurements in the field