Boat Harbour Remediation Project

Boat Harbour was once a tidal estuary. It has received industry wastewater since 1967 and was sealed off from the ocean in 1972. It is currently being used to treat wastewater from the nearby Northern Pulp mill. The goal of the Boat Harbour Remediation Project is to return Boat Harbour to its original state - that of a tidal estuary.

Current phase

Pilot scale testing at Boat Harbour has finished. The project is currently undergoing a federal environmental assessment. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency posted its final Environmental Impact Statement guidelines (PDF, 1.3 MB) in May 2019. The assessment process is meant to examine the impact that remediation will have on the environment of Boat Harbour and surrounding communities. The assessment will likely take at least 12 months.

There will be opportunities for public input and consultation during the assessment. Stay tuned for notices of upcoming events.

As the assessment process is underway, work also continues on the detailed design plan.

Next phase

After the environmental assessment is complete, the cleanup is expected to begin in 2021.