The long-awaited capping of toxic sediment in Hamilton Harbour appears to be one step closer to reality.
The seven partners in the Randle Reef project have announced that all legal agreements to fund and implement the sediment remediation have been completed and signed.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina says bringing everyone together on the 139 milllion dollar effort has been no easy task.
Environment Canada is the project lead and Bratina suggests that people could start to see progress by next spring.
The containment of coal tar at Randle Reef is seen as the biggest hurdle that stands in the way of delisting Hamilton Harbour as a toxic hotspot.
The cities of Hamilton and Burlington, Region of Halton, federal and provincial governments, Hamilton Port Authority and U.S Steel Canada are all partners in the effort.