Technical Reports

Technical Reports

Detroit River Remedial Action Plan Stage 1 Report (1990): describes the history of contamination, sources of pollution, relevant regulatory programs, and identifies beneficial use impairments relevant to the Detroit River Area of Concern. Download the Detroit River Remedial Action Plan Stage 1 Report (binational) report.


Detroit River Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Report (2010): the second stage of the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) required by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.  The Canadian RAP Stage 2 Report identifies actions required to restore beneficial uses in the Detroit River Area of Concern. Please note that information from both Canadian and U.S. sources was utilized to write the report but the focus of the summaries, analyses, and recommended actions is for the Canadian side of the Detroit River AOC only.


Pathway to Delisting (2015): this document This document outlines the remaining actions necessary to delist the Canadian side of the Detroit River as an Area of Concern. The Pathway to Delisting will be updated frequently, as it is a living document. Download the Detroit River Canadian Delisting Plan report here.


 Detroit River Canadian Shoreline Restoration Alternatives Selection Manual (2011): this document was developed to guide shoreline restoration efforts for private landowners working within the Detroit River AOC, and also to assist the DRCC partnership in determining thesuitability of various sites for implementing fish habitat enhancement works. Download the manual here.


DR RAP Stage 2 Report Front Cover_Final 2010DR-RAP Stage 2 Report, 2010

DR-RAP Pathway to Delisting, 2015

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 Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) Re-Designation Reports

The following reports have been published by the DRCC and contribute to beneficial use impairment re-designations.

Beneficial Use Impairment and Criteria                                          Report               Status

Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Flavour (BUI #2)…will be considered not impaired when survey results confirm that there is no statistically significant tainting of fish flavor when compared to fish from upstream of the Detroit River.

Re-Designation Report: Assessment of the Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Flavour (BUI #2) in the Detroit River Area of Concern Flavour_notimpaired
Degradation of Aesthetics (BUI#11)…will be considered not impaired when the waters are devoid of substances at levels that produce persistent objectionable deposits, colours, turbidity, and/or odour. Re-Designation Report: Assessment of Degradation of Aesthetics (BUI #11) in the Detroit River Area of Concern BUI Aesthetics Green
Beach Closings (BUI#10)…will be considered not impaired when the frequency of beach closures due to elevated counts of E. coli in the Detroit River (White Sands Conservation Area and McKee Park) does not exceed the frequency at upstream (Sandpoint) and downstream (Holiday) reference beaches. Re-designation Report: Assessment of ‘Beach Closings’ (BUI #10) in the Detroit River Area of Concern BUI Beach Green

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