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