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  • Toronto RAP
    the western shoreline because of a lack of suitable substrate and wave action in other areas Phosphorus levels in the watersheds frequently exceed the PWQO Along the waterfront phosphorus levels generally meet the PWQO Algal growth continues to be a problem along the waterfront especially in the western part of the AOC Mixed Improvement in regulations however complex issues in nearshore have exacerbated levels of nutrients When there are no persistent water quality problems e g dissolved oxygen depletion of bottom waters nuisance algal blooms or accumulation decreased water clarity etc attributed to cultural eutrophication Beach Closings Impaired Frequent beach closings as a result of stormwater and CSO contamination City of Toronto now has seven beaches that have been awarded international Blue Flag status recognizing their good water quality City of Toronto beaches are posted due to high bacterial levels from multiple sources Microbial trackdown helps pinpoint the sources i e sewage birds pets etc Wastewater infrastructure improvements ie construction of the Western and Eastern tunnels also helps improve water quality at Toronto beaches as does educating residents as to the implications of feeding the birds Better understanding of the sources of bacteria has helped improve management of the beaches When waters which are commonly used for total body contact or partial body contact recreation do not exceed standards objectives or guidelines for such use Restrictions on fish or wildlife consumption Impaired Human consumption advisories exist for the larger sizes of several species because of mercury PCB and mirex levels Evidence indicates that this is not attributable to local causes and needs to be dealt with on a lake wide level Levels of contaminants have decreased since the 1980s but the rate of decrease has slowed in the last decade Consumption advisories persist generally the larger sizes of some fish species and top predators are of more concern due to the bioaccumulation of toxics Mercury PCBs dioxins and furans cause major consumption restrictions throughout Lake Ontario further assessment is needed to confirm that these advisories are due to lakewide concern rather than a regional one While contaminant levels have declined somewhat Health Canada recently issued more stringent consumption guidelines pertaining to PCBs dioxin and furans When contaminant levels in fish and wildlife populations do not exceed current standards objectives or guidelines and no public health advisories are in effect for human consumption of fish or wildlife Contaminant levels in fish and wildlife must not be due to contaminant input from the watershed Degradation of benthos Impaired Benthic communities in embayments and near river mouths are dominated by species indicative of organic enrichment Densities are lower than in the past suggesting some improvement Benthos bioaccumulate metals and trace organics In the watersheds impairment of benthic communities varies with Highland Creek showing the most impairment and the Rouge and Humber Rivers showing the least Along the waterfront impairment of benthic communities is still seen in areas enriched with nutrients e g near CSOs in the Keating Channel and in Ashbridge s Bay

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  • Toronto RAP
    Conservation Authority Toronto and Region RAP Goals Goals for the Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan were outlined in the 1994 Stage 2 document Clean Waters Clear Choices GOAL SPECIFIC TARGETS 1 Ecosystem Health An all encompassing goal reflecting other goals and objectives Discharges of persistent toxic substances are virtually eliminated Discharges of toxic substance in toxic amount are eliminated The numbers of fish displaying disease tumours ulcers or deformities associated with the presence of toxic are reduced or maintained at levels considered background for the community The incidence rates of deformities and reproductive problem in sentinel wildlife species are the same as or less than background levels in populations in uncontaminated systems Tests on phytoplankton and zooplankton confirm that ambient waters do not cause death or long term health or reproductive effects 2a A self sustaining fishery this goal requires action on both quality and habitat Habitat objectives are specified under goals 2b and 2c Water quality is as good as or better than Provincial Water Quality Objectives 95 of the time Tests on fish confirm that ambient waters and sediment do not cause death or long term health or reproductive effects Waterfront Biomass of resident fish eating fish species increased to levels above 20 of total resident biomass biomass of specialist fishes increased to at least 40 of total biomass Formerly abundant fish populations are rehabilitated where locally depressed or extinct Proportion of native species is increased towards 100 of total fish community Watersheds Specific targets contained in watershed plans should be used Where no plan exists they should be developed 2b Rehabilitation of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Waterfront Open coast habitat is rehabilitated suitable for spawning populations of salmonoid fish such as trout Sheltered bays are rehabilitated to encourage re establishment of aquatic plants suitable for northern pike smallmouth bass and largemouth bass spawning nursery and feeding habitat Diverse aquatic plant communities are re established in river mouths and estuaries suitable for largemouth bass and northern pike production rubble rock slopes are established in fast flowing river areas favourable for smallmouth bass production Watersheds Biotic corridor linkages are protected enhanced or rehabilitated across the waterfront and throughout the stream and valley stream 2c Protection and Rehabilitation of Wetlands Waterfront Remaining and created wetlands are protected A significant amount of e g a preliminary target of 75 hectares of wetlands areas be restored to the waterfront and protected Watersheds Specific targets contained in watershed plans should be used Where no plans exist they should be developed 2d No Restrictions on Fish Consumption There are no restrictions on fish consumption that are attributable to local sources 2e Swimmable beaches Lake water at bathing beaches contains less than 100 Esherischia coli organisms per 100ml of water over 95 of the swimming season 2f Drinkable Water Water quality at drinking water intakes is of sufficient quality that it requires only standard settling coagulation and disinfection treatment before being distributed to consumers 2g Pleasing Aesthetic Quality Waters are free of any substance

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  • Toronto RAP
    Metro Labels site Demonstrating and evaluating Best Management Practices identified in the Guideline for Erosion and Sediment Control for Urban Construction Supporting and promoting training opportunities to various groups that would be involved in the design and implementation of Erosion and Sediment Control Plans at urban construction sites Support the development of a water balance model Support TRCA and partners in their ongoing efforts to educate and assist urban and rural landowners with the implementation of best management practices for households businesses and industries Support TRCA and partners in their efforts to promote the adoption of Low Impact Development approaches and efforts to restore and maintain water balance at a site level Spills Management Support the development and implementation of a multi stakeholder strategy to enhance watershed and waterfront spills prevention and response programs consistent with the new interagency habitat compliance protocol Support the development of a Spill Response Decision Support System web based tool to aid in the prevention and mitigation of spills TRCA will continue to work with municipal partners and other agencies to prevents spills and improve spills response Complete GIS sewershed management database Incorporated into above Beaches Encourage and provide support for the City of Toronto to develop and implement Integrated Beach Management Strategies for all waterfront beaches with a goal of increasing the number of beaches with Blue Flag designation Healthy Habitats 2002 2007 2007 2012 Terrestrial Habitat Complete the Target Terrestrial Natural Heritage Strategy System Develop implementation policies Support the regeneration of terrestrial habitat to meet targets established in the Terrestrial Natural Heritage Strategy TNHS Watershed Strategies and Habitat Implementation Plans HIPs Support incorporation of the TNHSS into municipal official plans Support the incorporation of the TNHS into municipal Official Plans Refine the TNHS at the watershed scale Support the development of a methodology and framework to be applied when determining compensation for land development Support the development of the Recovery Planning Project that will prioritize ecosystem restoration and identify opportunities that will offer the greatest ecological benefit Riparian Regeneration Regenerate stream corridors to meet targets established in Watershed Strategies and WWFMMP e g 23 of Etobicoke Mimico by 2006 Support the regeneration of stream corridors to meet targets established in Watershed Strategies and Habitat Implementation Plans HIPs Complete evaluations of historic and existing Area of Concern wetlands in the Area of Concern s watersheds Support development of the Riparian Reforestation Strategy and implementation of priority sites Aquatic Habitat Complete fisheries management plans including multi year implementation schedules for all watersheds Humber Etobicoke and Mimico Creeks Don River Highland Creek and Rouge River Complete and implement fish management plans in all watersheds Connect the Rouge River from Lake Ontario to Major Mackenzie Drive for all native species of the watershed Connect the Humber River from Lake Ontario to Highway 9 for all native species Mitigate barriers for native fish species non jumpers in the Humber River Spawning surveys to be completed and road culverts to be assessed in the Humber headwaters in preparation for

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  • Toronto RAP
    you know what this means to the health and economy of Lake Ontario Please join us for the third edition of Lake Ontario Evenings 2014 Alien Invaders of the Great Lakes to find out 03 18 2014 Lake Ontario Evenings Hidden Secrets of the Lake What historic treasures lie below the waves and along the shores of Lake Ontario Want to find out Come on out to the second edition of Lake Ontario Evenings 2014 01 31 2014 Remedial Action Plan Re designation Reports The Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan is in the process of re designating two impaired beneficial uses Degradation of Benthos and Restrictions on Dredging from impaired to not impaired 12 04 2013 Save the date Lake Ontario Evenings Weathering the Storms Edition Do you remember the massive flood this summer that left parts of Toronto underwater Lake Ontario Evenings Weathering the Storms will take place the evening of Monday January 21 2014 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00pm All are welcome 03 05 2013 Lake Ontario Evenings Bottoms Up The Food Web Edition Lake Ontatio Evenings Bottoms Up The Food Web Edition will take place the evening of Monday March 18 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00pm All are welcome 11 05 2012 Lake Ontario Evenings Tommy Thompson Park Edition Lake Ontario Evenings Tommy Thompson Park Edition will take place the evening of Tuesday November 13 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00 pm All are welcome 07 17 2012 RAP review and update second round sortings now available for review The second draft sorting that links Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan RAP Goals to specific environmental issues or Beneficial Use Impairments is now available 06 21 2012 Ontario Great Lakes Protection Act announced for review

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  • Toronto RAP
    2013 Save the date Lake Ontario Evenings Weathering the Storms Edition Do you remember the massive flood this summer that left parts of Toronto underwater Lake Ontario Evenings Weathering the Storms will take place the evening of Monday January 21 2014 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00pm All are welcome 03 05 2013 Lake Ontario Evenings Bottoms Up The Food Web Edition Lake Ontatio Evenings Bottoms Up The Food Web Edition will take place the evening of Monday March 18 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00pm All are welcome 11 05 2012 Lake Ontario Evenings Tommy Thompson Park Edition Lake Ontario Evenings Tommy Thompson Park Edition will take place the evening of Tuesday November 13 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00 pm All are welcome 07 17 2012 RAP review and update second round sortings now available for review The second draft sorting that links Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan RAP Goals to specific environmental issues or Beneficial Use Impairments is now available 06 21 2012 Ontario Great Lakes Protection Act announced for review On June 6 2012 the Ontario Ministry of the Environment released the Draft Great Lakes Strategy and Draft Great Lakes Protection Act Next The Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan is managed by representatives from Environment Canada Ontario Ministry of the Environment Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Projects Programs by Category A great diversity of projects contribute to the achievement of Toronto and Region RAP objectives Some of these projects are supported through RAP or other AOC funding but a great many more are not Provided below are links projects that are known to contribute to RAP objectives these listings will be continuously updated as additional projects are identified If

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  • Toronto RAP
    us for the June 2nd Lake Ontario Evening Alien Invaders of the Great Lakes Edition 05 09 2014 Save the Date Lake Ontario Evenings Alien Invaders of the Great Lakes Edition The alien invaders are here and taking over Do you know what this means to the health and economy of Lake Ontario Please join us for the third edition of Lake Ontario Evenings 2014 Alien Invaders of the Great Lakes to find out 03 18 2014 Lake Ontario Evenings Hidden Secrets of the Lake What historic treasures lie below the waves and along the shores of Lake Ontario Want to find out Come on out to the second edition of Lake Ontario Evenings 2014 01 31 2014 Remedial Action Plan Re designation Reports The Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan is in the process of re designating two impaired beneficial uses Degradation of Benthos and Restrictions on Dredging from impaired to not impaired 12 04 2013 Save the date Lake Ontario Evenings Weathering the Storms Edition Do you remember the massive flood this summer that left parts of Toronto underwater Lake Ontario Evenings Weathering the Storms will take place the evening of Monday January 21 2014 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00pm All are welcome 03 05 2013 Lake Ontario Evenings Bottoms Up The Food Web Edition Lake Ontatio Evenings Bottoms Up The Food Web Edition will take place the evening of Monday March 18 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00pm All are welcome 11 05 2012 Lake Ontario Evenings Tommy Thompson Park Edition Lake Ontario Evenings Tommy Thompson Park Edition will take place the evening of Tuesday November 13 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00 pm All are welcome 07 17 2012 RAP review and update second round sortings

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  • Toronto RAP
    Great Lakes Protection Act Next The Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan is managed by representatives from Environment Canada Ontario Ministry of the Environment Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Reports and Documents Toronto and Region RAP Reports Copies of Toronto and Region Remedial Action plan reports are available for download below If you are looking for a Stage 1 or 2 document not listed here please contact us Stage 3 Evaluation of Remedial Measures and Confirmation of Restoration of Uses Toronto and Region Area Of Concern Status Of Beneficial Use Impairments 2011 Moving Forward 2007 RAP Progress Report 2009 Report Front Cover Executive Summary Table of Contents Ch1 Introduction Ch2 Existing Conditions Ch3 Key Actions 2001 2006 Ch4 Measuring Progress Ch5 Moving Forward References Report Back Cover RAP Update Brochure 2005 RAP Newsletter 2002 Clean Waters Healthy Habitats 2001 RAP Progress Report 2001 RAP Newsletter 2001 RAP Newsletter 2000 Interim RAP Progress Report 1999 Interim RAP Progress Report 1998 Stage 2 Goals Options and Recommendations Clean Waters Clear Choices 1994 Please note that Clean Waters Clear Choices is a very large 117MB file Download view the document by right clicking on the link and selecting Save target as Alternately please email shawkins trca on ca if you would like an electronic copy of the document mailed to you on CD ROM Stage 1 Environmental Conditions and Problem Definition Environmental Conditions and Problem Definition 1989 RAP Interim Targets The Toronto RAP Team establishes Interim Targets for each COA cycle Interim targets from the last two cycles are available here Reports Reports relevant to the Toronto and Region RAP and or associated Beneficial Use Impairments are provided below Watershed specific reports or documents can be found by following the relevant watershed link on the Links page The Fish Communities of the Toronto Waterfront Summary and Assessment 1989 2005 2008 Great city great beaches Toronto Beaches Plan City of Toronto 2009 Design Guidelines for Greening Surface Parking Lots Draft City of Toronto 2007 Presentataions and Project Information Don Trunk Sewer Don Mouth Revitalization Workshops and Seminars In 2009 the Toronto and Region RAP initiated the Lake Ontario Evenings speaker s series To date four of these events have taken place on the themes of water diversion biodiversity the shoreline and contaminants A selection of presentations from the evening s speakers are available below Chris Marvin Environment Canada and Paul Helm Ontario Ministry of the Environment Federal And Provincial Monitoring Research On Toxics In Lake Ontario Onshore To Nearshore To Offshore Miriam Diamond et al University of Toronto Where Are The Chemicals In The Lakes Coming From And What Does It Mean Rich Whate City of Toronto Torontos ChemTRAC Program Torontos ChemTRAC Program Joe Makarewicz SUNY Brockport Examining Lake Ontarios Shoreline Present Day Conditions And Dynamics Examining Lake Ontarios Shoreline Present Day Conditions And Dynamics Dan Kraus Nature Conservancy of Canada Lake Ontario Bi national Biodiversity Conservation Strategy The Toronto and Region RAP hosted technical workshops in 2003

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  • Toronto RAP
    impaired 12 04 2013 Save the date Lake Ontario Evenings Weathering the Storms Edition Do you remember the massive flood this summer that left parts of Toronto underwater Lake Ontario Evenings Weathering the Storms will take place the evening of Monday January 21 2014 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00pm All are welcome 03 05 2013 Lake Ontario Evenings Bottoms Up The Food Web Edition Lake Ontatio Evenings Bottoms Up The Food Web Edition will take place the evening of Monday March 18 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00pm All are welcome 11 05 2012 Lake Ontario Evenings Tommy Thompson Park Edition Lake Ontario Evenings Tommy Thompson Park Edition will take place the evening of Tuesday November 13 at the Gladstone Hotel Doors open at 6 00 pm All are welcome 07 17 2012 RAP review and update second round sortings now available for review The second draft sorting that links Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan RAP Goals to specific environmental issues or Beneficial Use Impairments is now available 06 21 2012 Ontario Great Lakes Protection Act announced for review On June 6 2012 the Ontario Ministry of the Environment released the Draft Great Lakes Strategy and Draft Great Lakes Protection Act Next The Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan is managed by representatives from Environment Canada Ontario Ministry of the Environment Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Links Agreements Remedial Action Plans for Great Lakes Areas of Concern originate from the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement GLWQA between the governments of Canada and the United States The Canada Ontario Agreement Respecting Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem COA provides a framework for restoring AOCs in Ontario and details the federal and provincial roles in this process Great Lakes Water

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