The health of the Ottawa River is a priority of the City of Ottawa. Protecting the Ottawa River means:
- Maintaining a healthy aquatic ecosystem
- Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements
- Optimizing recreational use and reducing beach closures
- Developing a long-term strategy to guide and prioritize actions
The City is working to reduce the impact of both combined sewage overflows and storm water on the Ottawa River. The Ottawa River Action Plan (ORAP) consists of 17 individual projects aimed at enhancing the health of the Ottawa River and protecting Ottawa’s water environment for future generations.