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The Niagara River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and its partners have produced numerous reports, updates, and factsheets related to the Niagara River (Ontario) AOC. These documents can be downloaded and/or viewed from this page. All items are searchable or sorted based on their specified categories and tags. Simply enter a keyword in the search box or click on a category or tag to sort items by commons types or topic.

There is also a public repository of RAP documents at the RAP office, housed within the offices of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) in Welland, Ontario.  The Niagara Falls Public Library also maintains a public RAP reference collection. Please contact us should you wish to view these documents in person or to report an error. Thank you.

Colonial Waterbird Populations and Current TrendsPartial assessment of the Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations BUI. This study examined the colonial waterbird populations and current trends in the Niagara River (Ontario) AOC. Results indicate that the relevant criteria have been met and that colonial waterbird populations are NOT IMPAIRED., , , , , 2020
Data Report: Nearshore Fish Community of the upper and lower Niagara River 2015-2017Canadian Data Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 1304. Citation: Gaspardy, R.C., Barnucz, J., and Drake, D.A.R. 2020. Nearshore fish community assessment of the upper and lower Niagara River, 2015 – 2017. Can. Dat. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 1304: vi + 75 p., , 2020
Town of NOTL King Street Storm Sewer InvestigationReport on the Town of NOTL storm sewer investigation study to determine the source(s) of contamination in the storm sewer which outlets just upstream of the beach. The study flagged recommendations to address the highest priority issues for remediation. Appendices not attached., , , 2019
Queen’s Royal Beach Water Quality: 2019 Monitoring and Data Analysis ReportSummary of water quality results collected at Queen’s Royal Beach in 2019. Over the course of the 2019 sampling season, 81.1% of samples collected at Queen’s Royal Beach (QRB) met the recreational water quality guideline for safe swimming (200 E. coli colony forming units/100 mL or less). Suggested citation:  Laufman K. and P. Moura. 2020. Queen’s Royal Beach Water Quality 2019 Monitoring and Data Analysis Report. Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada., , , 2020
Niagara River Remedial Action Plan – BrochureInformational brochure about the Niagara River (Ontario) Remedial Action Plan., , , 2017
Biomonitoring Study of Lyons Creek East (2002-2003)Suggested citation: Fletcher, R., and S. Petro. 2005. Biomonitoring study of Lyons Creek East, Welland Ontario. 2002-2003. Technical Memorandum to West Central Region. Ministry of the Environment, ON, Canada. March 2005. 79 pp.  , , , , , 2005
Lyons Creek East Long Term Monitoring Plan to Assess Monitored Natural Recovery as an Effective Remediation Strategy: 2015 SurveyPrepared by Lisa Richman, Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (Nov. 2018)., , , , 2018
The Assessment of Sediment PCB Contamination and Biological Impacts in Lyons Creek East (Niagara River Area of Concern)This report describes sediment and biota quality in Lyons Creek East (Niagara River Area of Concern) from 2002-2003. Prepared by Danielle Milani and Lee Grapentine, Environment Canada, Aquatic Ecosystem Impacts Research Branch, NWRI Contribution No. 06-414, , , , 2006
Lyons Creek East (Niagara River, Ontario) Area of Concern: benthic conditions in 2015 and temporal trends from 2002 to 2015Report on the results of sediment chemistry, benthic community structure, bioaccumulation in native invertebrates, and sediment toxicity from fall 2015 sampling at Lyons Creek East and three nearby reference sites. Analysis also includes trends from 2002-2015. Prepared by Danielle Milani and Lee Grapentine, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Water Science and Technology Directorate, March 2017, , , , 2017
Benthic Conditions in Lyons Creek East (Niagara River Area of Concern) 2002 – 2010Report on the results from Environment Canada’s sampling efforts at Lyons Creek East as part of the monitored natural recovery which was selected as the option for the management of the contaminated sediments. Prepared by D. Milani and L. Grapentine,  Environment Canada, Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Division, March 2014., , , 2014
Toxic Contaminants in the Niagara River 1975-1982This report summarizes results of monitoring for toxic contaminants and trace metals in the Niagara River between 1975 and 1982., , , , 1984
Summary: Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae BUIPlain-language summary to communicate the results of the technical assessment report on the Niagara River’s eutrophication or undesirable algae BUI., , , , 2017
Summary: Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Populations BUIPlain-language summary to communicate the results of the technical assessment report on Niagara River plankton populations., , , 2017
Eat Safe Fish bookletAn easy-to-understand, visually-appealing booklet with colour-coded symbols to help you make the best choices for Eating Safe Fish from the Niagara River. The information in the booklet is based on the 2017-2018 Guide to Eating Ontario Fish. The booklet is for educational purposes only and was not endorsed by the government., , , 2019
Niagara River Biomonitoring Study 2015: Caged Mussels and Semi-Permeable Membrane DevicesSince 1983, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks monitored contaminants in the Niagara River using caged mussels and (more recently) semi-permeable membrane devices. This report summarizes data collected in 2015 which was aimed at identifying sources of contaminants specific to the Niagara River., , 2018
Annual Progress Update 2017-2018Progress report on priority actions to advance the Niagara River Remedial Action Plan in 2017-2018.2018
Status Assessment Report: Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Populations in the Niagara River Area of ConcernThe report includes the technical assessment and all public engagement that supported the change of status of the Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Populations BUI in the Niagara River to ‘Not Impaired’ (from ‘Requires Further Assessment’). The Canada-Ontario Agreement Annex 4 Co-leads formally confirmed the ‘Not Impaired’ designation in January 2019., , , , , , 2018
Re-Designation Report: Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae in the Niagara River Area of ConcernThe report includes the technical assessment and all public engagement that supported the change of status of the Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae BUI in the Niagara River to ‘Not Impaired’ (from ‘Impaired’). The Canada-Ontario Agreement Annex 4 Co-leads formally confirmed the ‘Not Impaired’ designation in May 2019., , , 2018
Niagara River Biomonitoring Study 2012: Caged Mussels and Semi Permeable Membrane Devices (SPMDs)Niagara River Biomonitoring Study 2012: Caged Mussels and Semi Permeable Membrane Devices (SPMDs). Prepared by Lisa Richman, Ontario Ministry of Environment, Water Monitoring Section, Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch, Nov. 2015, , 2015
Niagara River Watershed Fish Community ReportThe purpose of this project was to describe resident (June to Oct) fish communities (fish species and relative abundances) in the Niagara River watershed in relation to indicators of habitat quality, ecosystem quality and overall biologic diversity. Citation: Yagi A.R and C. Blott. 2012. Niagara River Watershed Fish Community Assessment (1997 to 2011) Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources unpublished report 168pp + appendices, , 2012
Niagara River Upstream/Downstream Program Report: Concentrations, Loads and TrendsResults from the Niagara River Upstream/Downstream program to measure the concentrations/loads and trends of contaminants in the river, 2001-02 & 2004-05. Data are compared to the most stringent water quality criteria available from the four agencies, to provide an indication of potential impairment of beneficial uses. Use of these data for any other purpose is at the discretion of the user., , , 2009
Monitoring & Assessing Marsh Habitat HealthBird Studies Canada final project report to assess AOC wetland quality and enhance long-term volunteer monitoring within the region. The primary goal of this project was to integrate Marsh Monitoring Program bird and amphibian data with limnological and aquatic macroinvertebrate data to provide a multi-parameter assessment of wetland health for the Niagara River AOC to inform the current status of BUI #3 (Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations)., , , , 2010
Fish Tumor Study Site LocationsExcel spreadsheet of sampling site locations for a fish tumour study. Author/agency information not available., , , 2016
Niagara River AOC Aquatic Wildlife Status Report -November 24, 2010 (final)2010
Welland River Eutrophication Study Final Report Appendices
Welland Eutrophication Study Final Report – March 20112011
Lyons Creek PCB Decay Report
PCB contamination and biological impacts in Lyons Creek East: Implementation of a Canada-Ontario Decision-making framework for contaminated sedimentsThis report describes sediment and biota quality in Lyons Creek East from sampling conducted in 2002 and 2003. Prepared by D. Milani (National Water Research Institute, Environment Canada) and R. Fletcher (Biomonitoring Section, EMRB, Ontario Ministry of the Environment), March 2006., , , , 2006
Lyons Creek West HHRA – Complete Document
Lyons Creek East HHRA – Complete Document
Lyons Ck East Evaluation of Adm Control2011
Lyons Ck East Protocol2011
Lyons Ck East Guide2011
Niagara AOC Golder BUI Assessment April 20132013
Niagara River AOC Sediment Options Lyons Creek Phase 4
Niagara River Sediment Study Phase 3
Niagara River AOC Contaminated Sediment Study Phase 1&2A review of sediment conditions in 12 sites within the Niagara River Area of Concern (watershed) was undertaken as a move towards de-listing the area. The focus of the study was to determine whether additional investigation was needed at any of the sites with a view towards identifying those areas where remediation may be required. Author: Golder Associates, , , 2004
Niagara River AOC Update – 2012Niagara River AOC Update 2012 – English only2012
Niagara River AOC Update 2010 – FrenchAOC Update 2010 – French2010
Niagara River AOC Update 2010 – EnglishAOC Update 2010 – English2010
Niagara River AOC Update – 2002Niagara River AOC Update – 2002 (English Only)2002
Niagara River RAP Stage 2 Update ReportAn update to the Niagara River RAP Stage 2 Report. This document outlines progress made since the 1995 Stage 2 Report was released, provides recommendations for actions toward delisting, and updates the status and delisting criteria for several beneficial use impairments.2009
Niagara River RAP Implementation AnnexThe Implementation Annex completes the RAP Stage 2 Report. The Annex identifies agencies that are responsible for implementing recommendations, and provides a schedule of activities, timelines and projected costs. The Implementation Annex was replaced by the Stage 2 Update in 2009., 2000
Niagara River RAP Stage 2 Report: The Cleanup ConnectionThis document completed in 1995 provides recommended options to achieve delisting the Niagara River (Ontario) AOC.1995
Niagara River RAP Stage 1 Update: Environmental Conditions and Problem DefinitionThis document updates the 1993 Stage 1 RAP Report after formal reviews by the federal and provincial governments and the International Joint Commission which identified missing information or data gaps.1995
Niagara River RAP Stage 1 Report: Environmental Conditions and Problem DefinitionIdentification of environmental conditions and problems in the Niagara River (Ontario) AOC as well as the establishment of the original beneficial use impairments.1993
Fish Tumor Assessment Canadian Lower Lakes – March 2010A report on the prevalence of fish tumours at several Areas of Concern in the lower Great Lakes Canadian whose BUI status was ‘Impaired’ or ‘Unknown’. The report indicated the BUI is ‘Not Impaired’ for the Niagara River AOC., , , 2010
Fish Barrier Project: Fish Population Data Analysis ReportReport on the Fish Barrier Project by the Niagara Restoration Council. For the first time, both private and public fish barriers were inventoried, assessed, and a grant program created to help in their removal. The project has exceeded the goal of removing 75% of the potential barriers to fish migration in the Niagara River watershed., , 2010
Special Report on Pollution in the Niagara RiverA special report by the International Joint Commission under the 1978 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement on the pollution in the Niagara River. January 20, 1981., , 1981

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Efforts from many key partners in the RAP Team continue to help complete priority actions for the restoration, protection, and enhancement of the Niagara River ecosystem. This initiative is made possible through the financial support of the Government of Canada and Ontario, in partnership with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

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