What is a RAP?
Remedial Action Plans or RAPs are three phase plans that aim to protect and restore Areas of Concern. Canada and the United States work together with conservation authorities, municipalities, Aboriginal communities, environmental groups, industry, special interest groups, and others to develop and implement the plans. The St. Marys River RAP partners have committed themselves to develop a RAP aimed at restoring BUIs in the watershed.
Preferred remedial options will identify:
- specific measures necessary to control existing sources of pollution,
- abatement measures for environmental contamination already present,
- monitoring methods to ensure success.
What are the three RAP Phases?
Identify environmental problems and sources of pollution.
In May 1992, “The St. Marys River Area of Concern Environmental Conditions and Problem Definitions Stage 1” document was prepared to summarize environmental conditions and problem definitions.
Evaluate and carry out actions to restore the area.
In March of 1999, the Delisting Criteria for the St. Marys River Stage 2 RAP document was completed by members of BPAC, concerned citizens, and representatives of RAP affiliated organizations. The Stage 2 document entitled “The St. Marys River Area of Concern Remedial Strategies for Ecosystem Restoration” was released in 2002.
Confirm that these actions have been effective and that the environment has been restored.
Currently there is an ongoing monitoring process in the St. Marys River Area of Concern. This process also documents evidence that uses have been restored.