Step 1: Site Identification
During site identification, use available information to identify suspect sites for further investigation, or to rule out sites that are not contaminated. If a site is not contaminated, then no action is required. If contamination is suspected at a site, then further investigation through Step 2 is required.
How to Prepare
- Contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) expert support to discuss assessment activities and expectations associated with assessment.
- Review site information.
What to Do
- Identify the following:
- waterbodies at or near the site;
- potential for fish and fish habitat at or near the site;
- potential sensitive aquatic ecosystem components;
- potential for aquatic species listed under the Species At Risk Act (SARA) at or near the site.
- Seek provincial or territorial guidance if considering divestiture.
How Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Expert Support Helps
- Assist with the identification of:
- fish and fish habitat concerns;
- sensitive aquatic ecosystem components;
- aquatic SARA-listed species and critical habitat;
- additional information requirements.
- Provide information on past DFO involvement at the site (e.g., studies, Fisheries Act authorizations and associated requirements, letters of advice, fishery closures, etc.).
- Provide advice on DFO regulatory responsibilities and processes.
- A Federal Approach to Contaminated Sites [PDF 276 KB]
- Eligible Costs Guidance Document - V.4.1
- Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory (FCSI)
- FCSI Mini-Guide and FCSI Data Integrity Error Guide
- Fisheries Act
- Framework for Addressing and Managing Aquatic Contaminated Sites Under the FCSAP
- Projects Near Water - Self-Assessment: Does DFO need to review my project?
- Reviews and authorizations – Request for Review – Form and Guidance
- Species at Risk Act (SARA)
- Species at Risk Public Registry
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