Launch an online interactive version of the Atlas of Bank Restoration Sites of the St. Lawrence River

The Atlas of Bank Restoration Sites of the St. Lawrence River (click on the image)

 

Context and project description

In recent decades, many habitats along the St. Lawrence River have been disturbed by human activities. However, a large number of habitats altered by infilling, draining, diking, deforestation and other practices have the potential to be restored. The first Atlas of Bank Restoration Sites of the St. Lawrence River was published in 2007 by the Government of Canada, specifically Environment and Climate Change Canada, in partnership with the Quebec government, Hydro-Québec, the City of Montreal and Ducks Unlimited Canada, to provide an overview of these sites for environmental organizations, departments and members of the public interested in restoring these disturbed wildlife habitats. However, that version of the Atlas had to be taken offline to be made more user friendly. While the SLGO worked to develop an interactive application, some of the data were updated. The Atlas presents close to 500 sites to be restored along the St. Lawrence through descriptive fact sheets, each containing a location map, photos and restoration sketches. The tool was also upgraded to meet Government of Canada Web accessibility standards.

Results

The Atlas of Bank Restoration Sites of the St. Lawrence River can now be consulted via a new application available on the SLGO website. Produced using data from Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service and contributions from many scientific experts, the Atlas presents a wealth of information in the form of descriptive fact sheets of restoration projects at close to 500 sites. These projects are organized according to various themes and cover the fluvial portion, the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, certain tributaries and the area surrounding the Gaspé Peninsula. The map interface enables the user to visualize the scope of the initiative and access details about the projects by selecting their geographic position. The Atlas of Bank Restoration Sites of the St. Lawrence River adds to the wide range of tools available for facilitating stakeholder engagement in the conservation and restoration of sites of ecological interest along the St. Lawrence.

To consult the Atlas of Bank Restoration Sites of the St. Lawrence River, visit https://slgo.ca/references/?lg=en

For more information, visit http://ogsl.ca/en/envref/restoration-plans/atlas-restoration/summary.html.

Participating departments

Government of Canada

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada's Canadian Wildlife Service

Government of Québec

  • Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques