Welcome to the St. Marys River BPAC Website!
In 1987, the St. Marys River was designated as an Area of Concern (AOC) in the Great Lakes under the U.S – Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
BPAC is dedicated to ensuring that the river water quality and the ecosystem are improved and protected for all users of the river.
The St. Marys River
The St. Marys River is a 125 km stretch of water that separates Ontario & Michigan. It has been designated as one of the 43 Areas of Concern (AOC) in the Great Lakes.
Is the Water Quality Improving?
Yes! Due to stricter environmental regulations and considerable improvements made by the City of Sault Ste. Marie and local industry, the water quality of the river has improved substantially since first being designated an AOC in the 1980s.
Here are a few of the improvements to the water quality over the years: