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Additional Achievements in the St. Lawrence

In addition to the most noteworthy achievements in the St. Lawrence, here are some additional initiatives from the Government of Canada for cleaning up the St. Lawrence. 

Creating 14 ZIP (Zones d’intervention prioritaire – Areas of prime concern) committees on almost all St. Lawrence territory in order to bring together the main users of the St. Lawrence and to promote joint action to resolve problems affecting the ecosystems of the river and their uses of it.

These committees:

  • Carried out, along with other community organizations, almost 400 projects within the framework of the Community Interaction Program: bank clean-up and stabilization, wildlife habitat development and St. Lawrence access site enhancement projects
  • Disseminated environmental statements on biological, physicochemical, socioeconomic and human health aspects, prepared by the St. Lawrence Centre in collaboration with scientists from several departments and private organizations.

Monitoring the St. Lawrence, which includes namely:  

  • Developing an integrated environmental modeling and observation system for aquatic environments
  • Creating the Monitoring the State of the St. Lawrence program: aimed at understanding the evolution of the ecosystem and taking an overall picture to be updated regularly (based on the monitoring of 21 environmental indicators)
  • Developing the St. Lawrence Global Observatory: offering integrated access to data and information from a network of federal, provincial, university and industrial organizations, for the sustainable development of the St. Lawrence ecosystem
  • 104 organizations taking part in the Biosphère's ObservAction Network: schools, municipalities and NGOs that take part in collecting data on water quality and fish communities, in the river and various watercourses
  • Creating a lower St. Lawrence marine mammal observation network(in French only): collecting data on the whales and seals of the estuary and gulf with the collaboration of ecotourism and maritime transportation companies
  • Completing some 50 epidemiological studies and surveys on risks linked to the consumption of drinking water and aquatic products as well as activities involving contact with the water: confirming that riverside populations are exposed to the chemical and microbiological contaminants present in the St. Lawrence
  • Bringing into force of regulations requiring vessels and pleasure craft to discharge their used water into wharf facilities: a fleet of 200 000 pleasure craft will produce, in summer, a volume of untreated water equivalent to a population of 32 000 people

Publishing numerous documents, namely:

Restoring the St. Lawrence:

  • Restoring approximately 50 wharfs and other federal government maritime infrastructures, notably under the program to dispose of surplus marine facilities
  • Completing eight facilities to promote access to fishing sites in cooperation with municipalities: access ramps, breakwaters, dredging, etc.
  • Funding community projects through the following programs: Community Interaction Program, EcoAction Community Funding Program and Environmental Damages Fund