About St. Lawrence River AOC
The St. Lawrence River at Massena was designated as an Area of Concern under the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative's is used to remediate and restore this AOC for removal from the binational list of AOCs.
The St. Lawrence River at Massena begins above the power dam facilities and seaway locks at the Massena Village drinking water intake. It follows the river downstream for about fifteen miles to the international border. It also includes portions of the Grasse, Raquette and St. Regis Rivers in New York State. The United States, Canada and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe at Akwesasne share authority for the AOC.
Sources of Pollution
- historical industrial discharges
- municipal treatment facilities
- atmospheric deposition
- atmospheric depositionThe process by which airborne pollutants settle onto land or water. "Wet deposition" refers to pollutants that fall to the earth while attached to raindrops or snowflakes. "Dry deposition" refers to pollutants that fall to the earth without precipinon-point source discharges
- atmospheric depositionThe process by which airborne pollutants settle onto land or water. "Wet deposition" refers to pollutants that fall to the earth while attached to raindrops or snowflakes. "Dry deposition" refers to pollutants that fall to the earth without ppower dam and seaway construction
- high levels of PCBs
- Mercury, DDE, Mirex, nutrients and metals are also the cause for much of the pollution
- Restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption
- Loss of fish and wildlife habitat
- Degradation of fish and wildlife populations (likely impaired)
- Fish tumors or other deformities (likely impaired)
- Bird or animal deformities or reproduction problems (likely impaired)
- Degradation of benthos (likely impaired)
- Degradation of phytoplankton and zooplankton populations (likely impaired) – REMOVED 2015
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Messena Remedial Advisory Committee keep informed of the remedial activities occurring in their portion of the entire international AOC. Committee meetings, on both sides of the river, are regularly attended by representatives from each others’ RAP advisory committee.
They advise local governing boards, planning boards, and zoning boards of appeals on matters related to the environment.
The St. Lawrence River Restoration Council (SLRRC) was formed in 1998 in order to complete the 64 recommended remedial actions and address the BUI’s identified within the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern at Cornwall
The Public Involvement Committee (PIC) is part of the St. Lawrence River Restoration Council. The PIC is responsible for communicating RAP progress to the public.
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has one of the most advanced environment divisions of any Tribe in the Country. It hopes to ensure the prevention of disease and injury, while at the same time, promoting lifestyles that respect, protect and enhance the environment.