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The Niagara River (Ontario) Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Team is pleased to report that two scientific assessments have been completed that inform us of the current condition of two beneficial use impairments (BUIs) in the Niagara River Area of Concern (AOC). Based on the scientific findings, it is recommended that the AOC change the status of two BUIs to NOT IMPAIRED: Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae and Degradation of Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Populations.
Key Findings from the Assessments:
Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae BUI: monitoring of 6 different parameters used to evaluate water quality shows there are no issues with excessive or undesirable algae in the Niagara River. The results meet (or were better than) the Provincial Water Quality Objectives or comparison to reference areas. The study also concludes that nutrient input from the Welland River system does not negatively impact the Niagara River AOC.
Plankton Populations BUI: monitoring at various sites along the Niagara River indicates there are no concerns with the phytoplankton and zooplankton populations in the AOC. Plankton populations were low, but the results are consistent with expectations for a high-velocity, low nutrient (oligotrophic) river system. Dominant plankton species found were those that thrive in high-flow environments.
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- Read the documents noted above;
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