(Trois-Rivieres) A struggle without thank you starts in Trois-Rivieres while the City combines with CIUSSS, the Department of Transportation, Hydro-Quebec and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this summer to maximum control over the famous ragweed.
Citizens are invited to wrest also because, unlike poison ivy, ragweed does not create reactions in the skin when touched.
The City of Trois-Rivieres takes the matter seriously enough to affect during certain targeted periods of the summer season, two full-time employees at uprooting ragweed plants where mowers can not the achieve, as is the case along the chains of streets, for example.
During a joint press conference held on Wednesday, Hydro-Quebec said it would hold a pilot project in some of its high-voltage lines in urban areas by growing natural vegetation to create competition ragweed. This natural means of control has been successfully tested in Laval.
Councillor Jean-Franqois Aubin said Nouvelliste that the selected areas are located in the first district and in the district of Plateau and that the City take the opportunity to develop as a few shrubs in the targeted areas.
As stated in the CIUSSS, one in seven is affected by ragweed. Some suffer so that they are forced to postpone the work or sports activities outdoors. The plant exacerbates asthma attacks, creates sneezing and nasal discharge. In short, it makes life miserable for many people.
It also generates absenteeism at work, reports the director of the House, Marie-Pier Matteau, stating that an information card will be mailed shortly to all members of the CCITR to sensitize them to pull up the plant or mow before it is in flower in August.
In collaboration with ECOF, some 20,000 information cards will also be distributed at the gates to inform the population. Cardboard particular contains photos of the plant at various stages of growth.
The Department of Transportation, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification Quebec will see his side to increase its mowing in rights of way of highways 40 and 55 in urban centers.
The joint intervention of the City and its partners is supported by financial assistance from the Green Fund under the 2013-2020 Action Plan on Climate Change of the Government of Quebec.