Protecting our Lakes and Watercourses: Essential to Fighting the Proliferation of Blue-Green Algae !

Here is an excerpt from the document provided by the CRÉO which contains much information on the revitalization of the waterfront. You can get the PDF document directly from their website in English

The Conférence régionale des élus de l’Outaouais (CRÉO) is pleased to present this first publication on protecting the region's lakes and watercourses. This reference guide is addressed to Outaouais residents, stakeholders and elected officials, and results from a concerted effort of many partners in the region. It emerged out of the consultations on the drafting of a regional action plan to counter the proliferation of blue-green algae in the region's lakes and watercourses.

In the Outaouais, lakes and rivers have for decades played a central role in the social, cultural and economic development of all the territories' communities. Enhancing and protecting our natural heritage are essential to maintaining the prosperity of communities and future generations. Current events illustrate the degree to which water protection has become a central concern of residents in the region. This is why THE CRÉO has made environmental protection and territorial development a strategic priority for the Outaouais.

Bleu Outaouais, for the protection of lakes and watercourses, is a unifying regional concept to bring regional partners together to share knowledge, expertise and resources through collective action. Bleu Outaouais is also a coordination structure and development approach mobilizing scientists, environmental agencies, regional county municipalities (MRCs), municipalities, government departments, watershed associations and shoreline residents associations in an integrated regional action plan to protect our magnificent region's lakes and watercourses.

CRÉO's elected officials believe that the sustainable management of lakes and rivers is a social responsibility. They are committed to taking the necessary leadership to stimulate more coordinated action and synergy among the region's principal partners and stakeholders. A regional promotional campaign is part of this commitment to regional action.

This publication, in its English and French versions, is the result of the regional synergy to which we aspire. Its objectives are the following:

  • Promote good protection practices among resort owners, regional residents and elected officials; and inform the public about available resources and programs and their associated actors;
  • Highlight the initiatives and actions organized by MRCs, municipalities, and departments and agencies mandated by the Québec government;
  • Ensure that partners associated with the regional action plan reach out to all territories in the region;
  • Support MRCs, municipalities, and partner agencies in disseminating relevant and appropriate information.

Special thanks go to the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) and the Ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions (MAMR) for their financial contributions that made this guide possible.

On behalf of THE CRÉO's board of directors and its Commission Protection de l'environnement, Aménagement du territoire and Transport, I particularly wish to thank the Conseil régional de l'environnement des Laurentides and other associated partners, writers and contributors, for working together to create this regional reference tool to protect the Outaouais' lakes and watercourses.

Marc Carrière
President
Conférence régionale des élus de l’Outaouais

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