Step 6: Site Reclassification

Navigate between each steps Step 1: Site Identification Step 2: Historical Review Step 3: Initial Testing Program Step 4: Initial Site Classification Step 5: Detailed Testing Program Step 6: Site Reclassification Step 7: Develop Risk Management Strategy Step 8: Implement Remediation/Risk Management Strategy Step 9: Confirmatory Sampling Step 10: Long-Term Monitoring

The objective of Step 6 is to confirm the site classification performed in Step 4, or to reclassify a site based on the data obtained during Step 5. This step is required in order to obtain additional FCSAP funding, or to access remaining funding. If a site is deemed contaminated (i.e., there is a risk to human health or the environment), then continue to Step 7: Develop Risk Management Strategy.

How to Prepare

  • Review previous Aquatic Sites Classification System (ASCS) or National Classification System for Contaminated Sites (NCSCS) scoring.
  • Conduct a detailed review of all the new results and data collected in Step 5.
  • Conduct a site visit to address specific issues.

What to Do

  • Complete Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs): Phase I, II, and III if not already completed.
  • Complete the NCSCS or ASCS.
  • Consider the components/process of an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA).

How Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Expert Support Helps

  • Review relevant (i.e., fish and fish habitat) components of the NCSCS or ASCS classification scores and associated reports.
  • Provide training resources (such as the FCSAP Aquatic Sites Classification System Detailed User Guidance Manual) and provide advice on the submission score.
  • Provide assistance in applying the Framework for Addressing and Managing Aquatic Contaminated Sites Under the FCSAP.
  • Assist in the interpretation of the detailed sampling (Step 5) and ERA process.

Supporting Documents

Next Step: Develop Risk Management Strategy