Severn Sound was one of 17 places on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes which are known as “Areas Of Concern” (AOC) because of degraded water quality. The Severn Sound is located in southeastern Georgian Bay and includes major population centres in Midland and Penetanguishene. The watershed covers an area of approximately 1,000 km2.
In each AOC, a Remedial Action Plan was developed to identify and control sources of pollution and report on the cleanup. Between 1987 and 2003, Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Environment were working with other federal and provincial agencies and local stakeholders in the Severn Sound area to complete a Remedial Action Plan (RAP). The purpose of the RAP is to restore and preserve the beneficial uses of Severn Sound for the present and the future.
In accordance with the International Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
(GLWQA), the Parties are to report on the progress of the RAP at three stages:
On January 22, 2003, the Canadian Minister of the Environment and Minister of Foreign Affairs transmitted a letter to the International Joint Commission, formally announcing that Canada has removed Severn Sound from the list of Areas of Concern.