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Report of the Commission sur la gestion de l’eau au Québec

WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
AT THE RIVER BASIN LEVEL

Québec City, May 3, 2000 – In its report to the Québec Environment Minister, Paul Bégin, the Commission sur la gestion de l'eau au Québec recommends organizing water management at the river basin level.

More and more, integrated management through river basins is acknowledged as being the best management practice, as it is the approach that most respects the nature, requirements and characteristics of the water resource. The term "river basin" refers to the area drained by a river and its tributaries. Integrated management incorporates all land and water uses, including agriculture, urban development, industry, forestry, mining and recreation, and promotes consultation and cooperation between the various stakeholders.

Water management at the river basin level presupposes the creation of basin committees to prepare master management plans that integrate multiple water uses and the requirements related to the resource itself.

To ensure the harmonious implementation of integrated water and aquatic ecosystem management at the river basin level, the Commission recommends creating "Bassin Versant Québec," a coordinating body whose purpose would be to provide the basin committees with administrative, technical and financial support.

However, because the creation of such a body requires the adoption of framework water legislation and a global water and aquatic ecosystem management policy, generally a lengthy process, the Commission recommends that a provisional board be set up immediately.

According to the Commission, "Québec lags far behind in this area. Before setting up Bassin Versant Québec, it is imperative that we continue the work already begun and pave the way for future efforts."

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SOURCE:

Serge Labrecque, Information Officer
Telephone: (418) 643-7447 or 1-800-463-4732
E-mail: eau@bape.gouv.qc.ca

 

Ó Gouvernement du Québec 2000