A spokesman for the Bay Area Restoration Council says it is about halfway to its goal in terms of improved water quality in Hamilton Harbour.
John Hall adds that the key now is to reduce the amount of phosphorous which enters the watershed through urban runoff. Phosphorous is the main ingredient in growing algae which can cloud the water and impair the environment of the harbour.
Hall has presented BARC’s “State of the Harbour” report to the city’s general issues committee, also touting a number of major achievements such as the return of bald eagles, stocking and growth of walleye and increased public access to the shoreline.
A number of major initiatives are expected to get started in 2014, including Randle Reef containment and Skyway Treatment Plant and Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades.
Hall stresses that how the environment responds to our efforts by 2020 will ultimately determine whether Hamilton Harbour is de-listed as an “area of concern”.