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


Québec City, May 3, 2000 – In a report entitled L'eau, ressource à protéger, à partager et à mettre en valeur, the Commission sur la gestion de l'eau au Québec profiles the water situation in each of Québec's 17 administrative regions.

In mandating the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE), Environment Minister Paul Bégin expressly requested that the Commission provide an overview of water management in each region of Québec. To do so, the Commission twice visited each of the 17 regions, receiving 379 briefs, holding 143 public hearings and hearing from some 1000 participants.

In Chapter 3 of its report, devoted to Québec's regions, the Commission sums up the public’s expectations and concerns regarding water management on their territory. Each section briefly outlines the regional water situation as established by the Ministère de l’Environnement for the purposes of the consultation, rounds it out with additional information received during the hearings, identifies the main concerns and problems raised by consultation participants and highlights a number of regional priorities.

The main issues discussed include the problems related to wastewater treatment and disposal systems for isolated dwellings in the Côte-Nord, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions, well contamination in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, water contamination from mine tailings in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions, industrial sludge farming in the Mauricie, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Estrie, Outaouais and Centre-du-Québec regions, Lac Saint-Charles water quality and rehabilitation of Rivière Saint-Charles in the Québec City area, lake protection in the Estrie region and water contamination from air-borne pollutants in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

"We were unable to enumerate all of the problems and possible solutions in detail," stated Commission Chair André Beauchamp. "However, this initial overview of the regions testifies to the diversity of their situations and, especially, to the public's genuine concern for preserving the resources in their respective areas. This regional profile is not set in stone; it must be reviewed at the local level in order to provide an accurate overall picture and identify solutions. Our portrait of the situation and the priorities identified by the Commission are only the first step in a process that will see Quebecers take the management of their water resources in hand.

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Serge Labrecque, Information Officer
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Ó Gouvernement du Québec 2000