Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs)

An impairment of beneficial uses means a change in the chemical, physical or biological integrity of the area sufficient to cause significant environmental degradation. The International Joint Commission identified 14 BUIs listed below. All BUIs that have been designated for an AOC, must be removed for the AOC to be considered restored and begin the delisting process. Select below for additional information on each of the six BUIs that are designated as impaired for the SLR AOC at Massena/Akwesasne.

BUI #1 - Restrictions on Fish and Wildlife Consumptionimpaired
BUI #2 - Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Flavornot impaired

BUI #3 - Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations

BUI #4 - Fish Tumors and Other Deformitiesimpaired
BUI #5 - Bird/Animal Deformities or Reproduction Problemsimpaired
BUI #6 - Degradation of Benthosimpaired
BUI #7 - Restrictions on Dredging Activitiesnot impaired
BUI #8 - Eutrophication or Undesirable Algaenot impaired
BUI #9 - Restrictions on Drinking Water Consumption or Taste and Odor Problems

not impaired

BUI #10 - Beach Closingsnot impaired
BUI#11 - Degradation of Aestheticsnot impaired
BUI #12 - Added Costs to Agriculture or Industrynot impaired
BUI #13 - Degradation of Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Populationsnot impaired
BUI #14 - Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitatimpaired