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Québec's Water: A Resource To Be Protected

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Freshwater covers 10% of the territory of Québec. With tens of thousands of rivers and three million bodies of water, Québec holds 3% of Earth’s renewable freshwater reserves, and nearly 40% of all this water is concentrated in the St. Lawrence River watershed!

This is a great privilege, and it comes with the great responsibility of doing our best to preserve this collective wealth. Québec’s National Assembly unanimously adopted the Act to affirm the Collective Nature of Water Resources and Provide for Increased Water Resource Protection on June 11, 2009. This law confirms that water resources are part of our common heritage and that the State is duty-bound to act as their custodian, for the benefit of current and future generations.

Valuable water-related information is provided under the various headings in this section and in the 2020 Report on the State of Water and Aquatic Ecosystems in Québec. We invite you to check them out.

Water report

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