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The Plan for Hamilton’s Randle Reef clean-up

Ecosystems and Randle Reef Hamilton Harbour

Saturday December 22 2012

Has Nature began its run for life

Put coal tar ‘in a big steel box

McMaster engineering professor says ‘a lot of thought has gone into it’

Hamilton Harbourtime too clean
Hamilton Harbour
time too clean

The notion of putting a lid on a mass of coal tar contamination may sound odd, but it’s actually a common method for remediating these situations, says the project manager of Randle Reef.

Jonathan Gee, manager of the Great Lakes Areas of Concern division of Environment Canada, said the plan to encase the worst part of the contamination in steel has worked in numerous other places. “Famous last words” Over two years back, we did a story about Randle Reef here at pics4twitts. The disgusting coal tar is Canada’s Big Dirty secret.

Hamilton’s Randle Reef has been so polluted It is the largest “known” deposit of Coal Tar by man anywhere in the world.

Hamilton Harbour-our home
Hamilton Harbour-our home
Randle Reef is a shallow area  in Hamilton Harbour, on Lake Ontario near U.S. Steel’s Hamilton Works that is heavily contaminated with TOXIC COAL – TAR.   I can remember working at Burlington and Wentworth Streets, and in the 1970s Stelco and Dofasco were dumping right into the Harbour, they were heavily fined and then entered large Environmental Clean-Up Projects with their steel industries.
Randle reef to be cleaned
Randle reef to be cleaned
Part of the Great Lakes shorelines being degraded is due to sediment and contaminent imputs.  A range of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) include PCBs and PAHs.  The polyaromatic (or polyclclic) aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemical compounds that consist of fused aromatic rings that do not contain heteroatoms or carry substituents.  PAHs occur in oil, coal and tar deposits and are produced as byproducts of fuel burning whether fossil fuel or biomass.  As a pollutant, PAHs, are a concern because some compounds have been identified as carcinogenic  (as Randel Reef).  PAHs are lipopilic – meaning they mix easily with oil rather than water. The larger  PAH compounds are less water-soluble and less volatile (i.e., less prone to evaporate).  Due to these properties PAHs in the Environment are found primarily in soil, sediment and oily substances, as opposed to in water or air. However, PAHs are also a component of concern in particle matter suspended in the air.  PAHs are one of the most widespread organic pollutants.  So, consider living along this area of Burlington Street in Hamilton where some families have lived for many years,  and the effects of PAHs  to aquatic and human health.
PAHs is not a new issue to researchers or to The Hamilton Port Authority, as this has been evident for at least 10 years !  For example a 2,000 study by Queen’s University addressed the risk to fish using bioavalability as the risk factor of fish and Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments.  It is the sediments in Hamilton Harbour that contribute to it being on the International Join Commission’s list of Great Lakes toxic hot spots. Are you comfortable with that situation ?  I am not !  We have a magnificent Lake Ontario Harbourfront that would be the envy of many areas around the world – so if everyone did a little bit to help out as “Hamiltonian’s” it could go a long way to clean up sediment issues in Hamilton Harbour, including toxins like PAHs.  One group to contact is the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) for further information.
will fish rebound
will fish rebound
The Queen’s University study in 2,000  found “there are protocols available for testing the acute toxicity of sediment – borne compounds to aquatic invertebrates and fish, but there are non for assessing bioavailability to fish.”  This study found sediment – borne crude oil, coal – tar, or pure  PAH caused an increase of MFO activity to TROUT FINGERLINGS exposed in a four-day bio-essay.  Think about TROUT –  because the health of a lake is determined by HEALTHY TROUT.  These researchers were aware that the trout took both organic and inorganic sediments.  So, their testing included (1) area vs volume of sediment,; (2) sediment characteristics (organic vs silt vs clay vs sand; (3) mixing and aging of spiked sediment; (4) freezing vs cold – storage of natural and spiked sediment; and, (5) establishment of gradients through sediment dilution vs sediment volume.  Their findings were “induction varies with the amount of contaminated sediment in a tank in a repeatable way.  The operational word is “repeatable” –  it will happen over and over again. Now from this study’s findings, look at Trout in Hamilton Harbour, do they swim the Harbour and oops…skip Randle Reef…hardly !  Therefore, due to Randel Reef being the second most contaminated sediment site with PAHs in Canada – all Hamiltonians including parents, and , schoolteachers training our young people’s minds  should be concerned and develop scientific projects to assist the fish and other aquatic life at Randel Reef in Hamilton Harbour so they will not swim to other areas of the Harbour and spread PAHs.
Hamilton’s own, McMaster University Department of Chemistry and Biology in a 2,000 study addressed the coal – tar contaminents in Hamilton Harbour. Their sediment sample came from Hamilton Harbour and a major contributory.  Their chemical findings were, as follows: “bioassays using a TA 100-type strain (YG 1025) were prerformed to assess genotoxicity arising from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).  Fractions exhibiting mutagenic activity contained PAH with molecular masses  =  THESE FRACTIONS CONTAINED OVER 80% OF THE GENOTOXICITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO PAH.”  That is statistically (mathematically) significant to scientific research !  They concluded ” Suspended sediments collected near areas known to contain high level of coal – tar contamination [ Randal Reef ???? ] in bottom sediments contained HIGHER LEVELS OF GENOTOXIC PAHs  than suspended sediments collected from other areas of the Harbour.   Okay, come on public, high school teachers, get the questions on the blackboard or on the laptops – Why ? and, Why Not !  Why do the bottom sediments  contain higher levels of genotoxic PAH ?  What do the coal – tar contamination contribute to PAH ?  How does this contamination affect aquatic life and the aquatic food webs in Hamilon Harbour ?  How does this highly toxic PAHS affect humans living in the Randle Reef area along Burlington Street in Hamilton ?   What further research has been developed on PAHs ?   Then develop a morning  field trip to Hamilton Port Authority and follow- up with an afternoon  section to the field trip to Hamilton Harbour with a scientist ( PhD candidate)  from McMaster University to show sediments to young students. Then have a “community appreciation night at your local school and show results of the field study to parents, local officials and the general public.”   The more we give our young Hamiltonian’s  knowledge, the more likely some of them will become scientists and discover unrevealed answers about our beautiful Hamilton Harbour.
The Beuaty of Nature
The Beuaty of Nature
All the best with the clean -up
from DW Photography
original story by
Doug Worrall Photographer




Friday August 10 2012

“only trace amounts of rain expected 40% chance” you will not melt

Be aware of developing Thunder/Lighting Clouds/Wind and take cover- safely

Happy fisherman

One great delight is to see a child catch his or her first fish.The achievement an fascination in there eyes is worth there weight in Gold. Prizes will be rewarded to the three biggest {weighed} fish, for each species, so this includes Carp. Weights can reach very high for these large fish.

Big Carp

The Hamilton Harbour watershed covers an area of approximately 500 square kilometres at the western edge of Lake Ontario and is a region of great physiographic diversity as a result of extensive glacial and glaciofluvial processes. The watershed can be divided into four subwatersheds which drain into Hamilton Harbour and include Spencer Creek, Grindstone Creek, North Shore and Redhill Creek subwatersheds. The watershed supports diverse fish communities and offers unique aquatic habitats to both migratory and resident fish species. The Niagara Escarpment represents the region’s most prominent geological feature with its limestone and dolomite ridge bisecting the watershed as it extends from the Niagara River to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula.

Rainbow trout


Myself will be looking for the Wolf of the Lake (The Pike )

Bob’s Pike


Children and wildlife

The wetlands function as a seasonal fish nursery for Lake Ontario, and despite the historical degradation, most historical species of fish can still be found using Cootes Paradise and in increasing numbers. As with birds and plants the location is the biodiversity hotspot for Canada with over 60 species present. Each spring thousands of spawning fish migrate in through the fishway from the harbour and lake, laying eggs and leaving shortly after, allowing the marsh to function as a giant fish hatchery.


Annually between 5 and 20 million fish are produced for the lake depending on water levels and water pollution events. The species present reflect the degraded marsh habitat with the most common the Gizzard shad.

Rbg Fish-way escapee

Also common are night time predators species Channel Catfish and Brown Bullhead, along with invasive species such as Alewife and White Perch. Popular angling species present in limited numbers include pike, Largemouth Bass, and Yellow Perch, but the large adults are only present in the marsh during the spawning season which is closed to fishing. The spring and fall season also brings several migrating salmon and trout to the marshes main inflowing river.

Rainbow trout
Jerry’s catch

In 2007, when there was low water level in Lake Ontario and a favourable wind, all the water was pushed out of Cootes Paradise and the remaining carp swam out into Hamilton Harbour. RBG staff removed the fish gates and herded out the last of the carp, and then replaced the gates. Since then the Paradise has been relatively carp free. In the absence of these large destructive bottom feeders there is a gradual return natural native plant species populations.

Now in 2012 Cootes Paradise is threatened once again by increasing numbers of Carp and Goby fish. Goby fish is a feral species that destroys our environment.

I have images of the Goby fish so if you catch one, “Dont throw it back in water, and especially donnot use as bait . Put the fish in the garbage to save our Great lakes …..please.The Goby grow too two and a half inches long, a very destructive, invasive species are  from  illegal Ballast water dumping by Ocean Craft . Remember the Zebra Mussels?

Goby Fish two inches long

and Thanking  you in advance

Doug Worrall

Rainbow trout

Event is Date below:

The Hamilton Harbour Fishing Derby takes place this Saturday, August 11th from 8am to 12pm.  Prizes to be awarded at 1:30pm – – – THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR ALL AGES!

Company-lets go fishing

Pier 8

47 Discovery Drive

Hamilton, ON

Check in Stations:

While you are out fishing, take your camera, you may see some wonderful animals……………………

The Fishway-Black crowned night heron

Pier 8 – Scoops Ice Cream Hut
HWT Centre – North Side
Bayfront Park Boat Launch
Fishway on Waterfront Trail
LaSalle Park Boat Launch
Marine Police Basin

3 age categories:

Child 10 and under
Youth 11 to 17
Adult 18 and over

Fishing, Environment and
Water Safety Demonstrations


1000 Free Fishing Rods for Children 12 and under

Silent Auction Fundraiser
9:00am to 1:30pm
Pier 8 – Hamilton Waterfront Trust

Harbourfront park


Information: Hamilton Waterfront Trust, Wikipedia




Doug Worrall

Yanni Has People Dancing Hamilton

Yanni Has People Dancing Hamilton

Saturday June 23

Yanni In Concert Hamilton Place

Born: November 14, 1954 in Kalamata, Greece
Years Active: 80 ‘s, 90 ‘s, 00’s
Genre: NUAGE

Last night at Hamilton Place, many people,  a full house were dancing after four encores.Being a Musician myself I was shocked at the number of professional musicians backing-up Yanni. He played all is top hits and the show lasted over two hours non stop.

Between each song Yanni conversed with the Audience and had them dancing in there seats. It was a wonderful performance and would go see him and his Orchestra next time he is in Hamilton.

Yanni and Orchestra plays Hamilton Place


Of the artists who rose to popularity as part of the new age music boom of the 1980s and ’90s, few (if any) enjoyed greater or more lasting success than Yanni. Composing and performing instrumental music with a pronounced sense of drama, dynamics, and romanticism, Yanni broke through to a significantly larger audience than his peers, thanks to adult alternative radio airplay and a commanding performance style that attracted fans through frequent appearances on public television as well as world-wide concert tours..

Armen Anassian

Yanni was born Yiannis Chryssomalis on November 14, 1954 on the Greek island of Kalamata.

Audience dancing following four encores


He displayed a talent for a music at a young age, playing piano at the age of six, but rather than enroll him in music school, his parents encouraged their son to follow his own muse and learn the instrument at his own pace and in his own way. In 1972, Yanni traveled to Minnesota to attend college, and while he majored in psychology, he didn’t walk away from music, playing in a local rock band and continuing his personal study of piano and other keyboard instruments. In 1977, after receiving his degree, Yanni joined a Minneapolis-based rock group called Chameleon, who toured regionally and cut several self-released albums, but in 1980, he began striking out on his own, recording and releasing an album of his own material, Optimystique. In 1984, Yanni signed a deal with Atlantic Records, who re-released the privately issued Optimystique; his deal with Atlantic proved short-lived, but the album attracted the attention of the noted independent label Private Music, who released Yanni’s second album, Keys to Imagination, in 1986. (They would also reissue Optimystique a few years later.) Yanni relocated to Los Angeles, where he began composing film scores as well as recording as a solo artist, and in 1987, after releasing his third album, Out of Silence, he set out on his first major concert tour; the band included John Tesh on keyboards and former Chameleon drummer Charlie Adams. In 1990, after the release of Reflections of Passion, Yanni performed a special concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a preview of the large-scale events he would stage in the future.

Back-up musicians fill out the sound

In 1992, the album Dare to Dream earned Yanni his first Grammy nomination, and his music began popping up in television commercials and during coverage of sporting events, bringing his compositions to a new audience. His concert tours became larger and more spectacular as his fan base grew, and in the fall of 1993, in support of the album In My Time, he performed a special show at the Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece, a venue that was over 2,000 years old.

Charlie Adams
Charlie Adams on Drums

The concert was recorded and videotaped, and the subsequent Yanni Live at the Acropolis album and home video became major successes, selling over seven million copies worldwide and becoming a fixture on public television broadcasts in the United States.

Daniel Reyes- Percussion

The success of Live at the Acropolis led to Yanni staging prestigious events at London’s Royal Albert Hall and major venues around the globe, as well as special concerts at the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China, both in 1997 (material from the two shows appeared on the album Tribute).

Karen Briggs

In both cases, Yanni was the first Western artist permitted to perform at these historic landmarks.

Ric Fierabracci playing Bass

After concluding a world tour in 1998, Yanni took a well-deserved vacation for two years and relocated to the East Coast; his 2000 studio album If I Could Tell You offered a more personal and intimate sound from the composer (it was also his first album for Virgin Records), and he explored world music sounds on 2003’s Ethnicity.

Russian Cellist

In 2009, he launched his own label, Yanni-Wake Entertainment, in association with Disney, and released Yanni Voices, in which he collaborated with vocalists for the first time in his solo career, teaming with a handful of gifted newcomers. Yanni took his vocalists on the road for a Yanni Voices concert tour, and in 2010, he explored his interest in Latin music on the album Mexicanisimo. A new studio effort, Truth of Touch, followed in 2011.

Yanni Plays Hamilton Place



Photographer Doug Worrall