Protect Our Lake

 

EROSION CONTROL AND RAINWATER MANAGEMENT


Soil erosion, resulting chiefly from the action of water on bare soil, is one of the main factors causing water pollution. Once soil particles reach the water, they become sediments that settle at the bottom or remain suspended in water, deteriorating the health of lakes and water ways.

Erosion has considerable impact on the economy and the environment.


Economic Impact

Ecological Impact


There are many simple, efficient and inexpensive methods to prevent erosion and to stop soil from reaching the water.These methods apply equally to construction, municipal, agricultural and forest sites, and so on:
 


For more information on protection against erosion, check with Le RAPPEL.

 

WETLAND PROTECTION


What is a wetland?

Wetlands are sites saturated with water or inundated long enough to influence soil components and vegetation. A site nearly becomes an aquatic environment at times of floods, and almost a land environment at times of drought. There are four (4) main types of wetlands: the pond, the marsh, the swamp and the bog.
 

The importance of wetlands

Regardless of their poor reputation, wetlands are exceptional and useful ecosystems. They are an integral part of the hydrological cycle. Wetlands are beneficial as follows:


Despite all ecological and economic value, wetland habitats continue to disappear. In some parts of the country, 70% of original wetlands have already been destroyed. That’s why it is so important to preserve them.

Under the Environment Quality Act, a request for authorization must be filed with the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks (MSDEP) prior to taking any action in a wetland. For more information on the preservation of wetlands, check the MSDEP site.
 

PROTECTION OF BANKS, LITTORAL AND FLOODPLAINS


Lakeshores, riverbanks, littoral zones and floodplains are critical to the survival of the ecological and biological components of watercourses and bodies of water. In keeping with its desire to grant them adequate, minimum protection, the Government of Québec adopted the Protection Policy for Banks, Littoral and Floodplains.


This Policy is an integral part of the Development Plan of the MRC as it is to any urban planning bylaw of all municipalities in Quebec. For more information, check the website of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.

For any questions pertaining to actions on the banks, littoral or floodplains (required procedures, constraints and authorizations, etc.) or to file a permit request, contact the Municipal Director at 819-428-3906 extension 225, before starting construction work or work of any kind. He is the person who will inform you of the applicable regulations.

 

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