Contractors, Before Starting Work Close to a Lake, Watercourse or Wetland… Get Informed!
Before undertaking work in or close to a body of water – which could be a lake, watercourse (constant or intermittent flow), pond, marsh, swamp or peatland – GET INFORMED!
Ask your clients if they have obtained the required authorizations from the Ministère. This type of work may also require an authorization from the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, Secteur Faune Québec, in accordance with the Protection Policy for Lakeshores, Riverbanks, Littoral Zones and Floodplains.
You may also include a clause in the contracts you sign with your clients specifying that they are responsible for obtaining all authorizations and providing the information you need to carry out the work.
If you don't take these precautions, you and your employees could be held liable for carrying out unauthorized work. You could be sued. So think ahead! Restoring an aquatic ecosystem or wetland is a costly undertaking for offenders.
There are a number of measures under the Environment Quality Act (R.S.Q., c. Q-2) and its applications that protect the banks, shores, littorals and floodplains of lakes, watercourses (constant or intermittent flow), and ponds, marshes, swamps and peatlands.
These fragile ecosystems are the life source of many animals and plants. They make up an ecological, economical, social and recreational wealth which must be preserved for the benefit of all.
Human activities, including agriculture, and industrial, urban or resort development put a great deal of pressure on these areas. As such, better knowledge of their impact should make everyone want to protect them.
For information, contact the Information Centre of the Ministère.