(Granby) Municipalities of the great basin of the Yamaska River must commit to “definitively protect” the most important wetlands in their territory. They should also improve the treatment of wastewater, offers the new master plan of water (EDP) of the Yamaska River.
In his second master plan of water (2015-2019), the watershed organization submits the Yamaska 117 shares of six municipalities (MRC Acton, Brome-Missisquoi, Haute-Yamaska, Maskoutains Pierre-de-Sorel and Rouville) on its territory. They all aim to improve the water quality of the river they share and its many tributaries. “These are actions that can have an impact,” says Alex Martin, executive director of the OBV Yamaska.
Wetlands occupy only 4% of the land area of the watershed, we read in the EDP introduced this fall at the Ministry of the Environment. However, a minimum of 10% of the watershed and a minimum of 6% in each of its three sub-watersheds should be composed of wetlands so that they can effectively play their ecological functions, says one in document.
Protecting wetlands is identified as essential in the plan. The most important of them must be protected and a regional strategy must be put in place to conserve and restore those damaged or destroyed. Different approaches are suggested to municipalities and MRC: conservation agreements with the owners of wetlands, acquisitions, easements or regulatory framework.
It is also recommended to adopt regulations prohibiting fill in wetlands.
The director of the water also considers it essential that municipalities reduce pollution from wastewater. They need to get there, modernize sewage treatment plants waste water so that they meet the new government standards, install telemetry equipment to measure wastewater volumes released without treatment when overflows in addition to continuing to install storm sewers to capture runoff.
The vast majority of the actions proposed arises from the states of the watershed of the Yamaska held in June 2013, says Martin. A special committee has been specially created to monitor this event. The Coalition of municipal water stakeholders (RAME Yamaska) brings together mayors and councilors from the six RCM Yamaska watershed. The members meet twice a year to review progress. A technical committee composed of farmers, agronomists and representatives of OBV, advises elected officials.
The objective of the EDP is to offer a “game plan” to municipalities, shows Alex Martin. “Our analytical work is objective and neutral. It is planning that offers agencies involved in land management, municipalities, county municipalities and agricultural enterprises. ”
The municipal entities are not related to PDE, said Mr. Martin. The challenge is there, he acknowledges. “We need this planning will make to people who have decision-making authority.”