Funded Projects


2016-2017

Project number : IC-3901

Organization name : Conseil des Abénakis d’Odanak
Project title: 2016 Odanak yellow perch project - Plans, specifications and authorizations for second wildlife development  
Description : This project will carry out the preliminary steps for the restoration of a site with the aim of improving fish movement between the mouth of the Saint-François River and a marsh belonging to the Odanak community. The project addresses environmental issues relating to the degradation of a historical spawning, nursery and grow-out area for yellow perch. The deliverables consist of work specifications and the authorizations required to restore the site. The main activities include assessing the feasibility of the work by taking water and land elevation measurements, establishing a monitoring program and preparing development plans.
Amount granted : 4 525 $
Project duration: 01-06-2016 to 31-03-2017

 

Project number : IC-3902

Organization name : Zone d'intervention prioritaire (ZIP) Saguenay-Charlevoix
Project title : Inventory and characterization of current and potential access points to the St. Lawrence River in the river corridor within the RCMs of Charlevoix and Charlevoix-Est    
Description : By this project, the organization will prepare a portrait of environmental issues, as well as concrete action plans, related to current and potential access points to the St. Lawrence River in the upper estuary, corresponding to the territories of the regional county municipalities of Charlevoix and Charlevoix-Est. The main activities include carrying out a characterization study to identify the various uses, the related environmental issues and adverse effects, as well as proposing remedial actions with the aim of protecting habitats and species associated with the St. Lawrence and limiting conflicts between uses.  
Amount granted  : 18 745 $
Project duration : 01-06-2016 to 31-01-2017

Project number : IC-3906

Organization name : Comité ZIP Gaspésie
Project title : Characterization of sensitive environments and inventory of clandestine dump sites within the coastal sector of the RCM of Haute-Gaspésie   
Description : This project aims to ensure the protection of sensitive coastal environments in the Gulf of St. Lawrence within the area delimited by the territorial boundaries of the regional county municipality of Haute-Gaspésie. The project addresses environmental issues related to erosion in the northern part of the Gaspé Peninsula and to the presence of sites with significant ecological potential that are under threat. The deliverables include preparing technical fact sheets on 21 selected sites that identify the various sensitive and wetland environments and their plant species composition, clandestine dumps, eelgrass beds and special-status or invasive species, as well as the main environmental disturbances.
Amount granted  : 15 521 $
Project duration : 01-06-2016 to 31-01-2017


Project number : IC-3913

Organization name : Organisme de bassin versant de la Côte-du-Sud 
Project title : Outreach and characterization of the Vincelotte River with a view to restoration activities    
Description : This project aims to protect the Méandre nature reserve, which is located at the mouth of the Vincelotte River (a tributary on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River) in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. The project focuses on issues related to erosion and leaching in a watershed with high concentrations of nutrients from agricultural pollution. The deliverables consist of an intervention plan setting out priority actions for improving water quality, and outreach aimed at agricultural producers. The main activities include characterizing a 9-kilometre stretch of shoreline in order to describe land use, habitat composition, the extent of degradation and riparian buffers. Planned activities also include the distribution of outreach booklets and the signature of voluntary conservation agreements.
Amount granted  : 17 725 $
Project duration : 01-06-2016 to 31-03-2017

Project number : IC-3918

Organization name : Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l'Estuaire 
Project title : Biophysical characterization and restoration of high bulrush marsh sites in Montmagny 
Description : This project aims to restore priority sites with high bulrush marsh in the Montmagny region. The project tackles issues relating to coastal erosion and to pressure from human activities that pose a threat to the biodiversity of the intertidal marshes in the area. The deliverables include a geomorphological and environmental portrait of the various habitats, restoration of a 0.1-hectare area of degraded habitat, and activities to raise shoreline residents’ awareness of vulnerable coastal habitats and green stabilization techniques. The main activities include characterizing the biophysical environment, hydrology and sediments and avifauna of the targeted sites, restoring the sites using bioengineering techniques, and planting 15,000 native plants. Talks on environmental topics are also planned to ensure knowledge transfer and capacity building.
Amount granted  : 175 110 $
Project duration : 28-06-2016 to 31-12-2018

 

Project number : IC-3919

Organization name : Conseil de la nation huronne-wendat 
Project title : Feasibility study for the installation of fishways and assessment of the spatial distribution and habitat of American eel in the watersheds of the Ha! Ha! and Petit Saguenay Rivers     
Description : This project aims to assess the spatial distribution of American eel and carry out a feasibility study on the installation of fishways in the watersheds of the Ha! Ha! and Petit Saguenay Rivers. The American eel, which was assessed as threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, has suffered a population decline of 97% relative to the 1980s, mainly due to the loss of habitat connectivity caused by obstacles to the species’ migration. The deliverables include an assessment of American eel habitat in the targeted area, along with a feasibility study for the installation of fishways. The main activities include carrying out an inventory of the abundance, distribution and quality of habitat for this species, as well as assessing the passability of culverts in problem areas. The project also involves encouraging members of the Huron-Wendat Nation and residents of the Saguenay region to act as stewards for the recovery of the American eel.
Amount granted  : 24 450 $
Project duration : 01-06-2016 to 31-03-2017

Project number : IC-3921

Organization name : Conseil de la Nation huronne-wendat 
Project title : Feasibility study for the installation of two fishways in the Portneuf watershed and assessment of the spatial distribution and habitat of American eel in the watersheds of the Portneuf and Jacques-Cartier Rivers      
Description : This project aims to assess the spatial distribution of American eel in the watersheds of the Portneuf and Jacques-Cartier Rivers and to carry out a feasibility study for the installation of two fishways in the Porfneuf River watershed. The American eel, which was assessed as threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, has suffered a population decline of 97% relative to the 1980s, mainly due to the loss of habitat connectivity caused by obstacles to the species’ migration. The deliverables consist of an assessment of American eel habitat in the targeted area, and a feasibility study for the installation of two fishways. The main activities include carrying out an inventory of the abundance, distribution and quality of habitat for this species, as well as inventorying and assessing the passability of culverts. The project also involves encouraging members of the Huron-Wendat Nation and residents of the Porfneuf region to act as stewards for American eel protection by keeping them informed about the progress made in the study.
Amount granted  : 24 433 $
Project duration : 01-06-2016 to 31-03-2017

Project number : IC-3924

Organization name : La Société canadienne pour la conservation de la nature
Project title: Acquisition of knowledge on the islands in the St. Lawrence River 
Description : This project aims to establish an action and development plan with respect to uses and the flora and fauna, a planning phase to potential restoration activities on the islands in the St. Lawrence that belong to Nature Conservancy of Canada. The deliverables consist of biodiversity conservation actions and approaches for addressing issues related to the pressure exerted on the 230 hectares of habitat on the islands, including soil compaction, destruction of aquatic grass beds, and declines in wildlife populations. The main activities include carrying out surveys of flora and fauna as well as aquatic surveys in order to identify sensitive areas, characterize anthropogenic uses on the islands, and establish an action and development plan. Project outreach will include fostering a sense of ownership and pride among local communities in relation to natural environments.
Amount granted  : 25 000 $
Project duration : 01-06-2016 to 31-03-2017

Project number : IC-3929

Organization name : Groupe environnemental Uni-vert Région Matane 
Project title : Protecting the shoreline in Les Méchins using bioengineering
Description : This project aims to restore portions of the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River near Anse-des-Méchins and Anse-des-petits-Méchins in the regional county municipality of Matane. The project tackles issues related to significant erosion losses and siltation in zones adjacent to waterbird concentration areas and capelin spawning sites. The expected result is the restoration of a 0.53-hectare area of degraded habitat. The main activities include carrying out shoreline stabilization and protection using bioengineering techniques and planting more than 13,000 native plants. The project will also raise awareness among shoreline residents about plant-based stabilization methods, and enlist the participation of some residents in certain activities.
Amount granted  : 50 477 $
Project duration : 10-06-2016 to 30-11-2017

 

Project number : IC-3930

Organization name : Comité ZIP de la rive nord de l'estuaire 
Project title: Protection and restoration of the Pointe-à-Boisvert marsh and the Pointe à Émile spit in the Longue Rive area      
Description : This project aims to restore and protect the Pointe-à-Boisvert marsh and the Pointe à Émile spit in the Longue Rive area, within the regional county municipality of Haute-Côte-Nord. The project addresses issues related to the impacts of erosion and submergence, which are amplified by anthropogenic uses that threaten the integrity of the marsh. The deliverables consist of the protection and restoration of a 0.1-hectare area of degraded habitat. The main activities include planting 2,150 plants to stabilize slopes and restrict access, implementing awareness activities with schools and citizens as well as installing panels in order to raise public awareness on the importance of these wetlands.
Amount granted  : 38 019 $
Project duration : 01-06-2016 to 31-12-2018

 

Project number : IC-3932

Organization name : Comité ZIP Les Deux Rives 
Project title : Riparian buffer intervention plan for Lake Saint-Paul phase II    
Description : This project aims to implement measures to limit inputs of sediments and nutrients of agricultural origin to Lake Saint-Paul in the Bécancour area. The project addresses water quality degradation issues represented by the presence of cyanobacteria and agricultural pollution. The deliverables consist of planning to establish riparian buffer strips and outreach activities aimed at farmers. The main activities include a detailed characterization of riparian buffers, the preparation of intervention plans for farmers, and outreach aimed at 50 farmers to encourage the adoption of soil conservation practices in fields and the signature of voluntary conservation agreements.
Amount granted  : 21 758 $
Project duration : 01-06-2016 to 31-03-2017


Project number : IC-3933

Organization name : Comité ZIP Les Deux Rives 
Project title : Wildlife habitat developments in the Saint-Éloi marsh                  
Description : This project aims to take steps to protect wildlife habitats in the Saint-Éloi marsh which is located near the St. Lawrence River in the Eastern Townships (Estrie). At present, 73% of the watershed is agricultural, some cultivated areas are located in a zone with a flood recurrence interval of 0 to 2 years and the riparian buffers are inadequate. The deliverables consist of restoration measures that will ensure increased retention of sediments and nutrients, water quality improvements and habitat conservation. The main activities include interventions with 4 agricultural landowners who have already signed perpetual conservation easements, in order to implement riparian buffers extending over nearly 5 kilometres and revegetate 4.5 hectares of crop retirement zones. These measures involve planting a total of 7,900 native plants.
Amount granted  : 47 034 $
Project duration : 01-06-2016 to 31-07-2017

2015-2016

Project number: IC-3701
Organization name:
Saguenay ZIP Committee
Project title:
Characterization and surveying of the segment of the river located within the Charlevoix RCM
Description:
This project consists of characterizing wetlands and surveying illegal dumps along the segment of the St. Lawrence River that lies within the boundaries of the regional county municipality (RCM) of Charlevoix. Characterization will make it possible to identify and describe the environmental issues and their adverse effects on wetlands in each of the selected sectors and to propose corrective actions that would ensure the continued viability of these wetlands. The information gathered will include the area occupied by the wetland, the type of aquatic grass bed, and special-status plants. Special attention will be paid to surveying and characterizing illegal dumps. The information will be compiled in technical fact sheets that will form the basis for an action plan in this sector.
Amount granted:
$16,039
Project duration:
2015-03-12 to 2016-03-31

 

Project number: IC-3702
Organization name: Conseil régional de l'environnement du Centre-du-Québec
Project title:
Voluntary conservation of riparian ecosystems in the Saint-Germain River watershed
Description:
The purpose of this project is to facilitate voluntary conservation of riparian ecosystems in the Saint-Germain River watershed through engagement with private landowners. The watershed of the Saint-Germain River, a tributary of the Saint-François River watershed, is a significant source of nonpoint pollution in Lake Saint-Pierre.
The project will involve characterizing the riverbanks to identify the issues in this sector and recommending actions for improving and ensuring water quality. These recommendations will be compiled in a personalized workbook that will be given to each private landowner. Meetings will then be held with each landowner to promote their involvement in the protection efforts.
Amount granted:
$31,500
Project duration:
2015-03-12 to 2016-03-31

 

Project number: IC-3703
Organization name: Les Deux Rives ZIP Committee
Project title:
Action plan on riparian buffers for Lake Saint-Paul – phase I
Description:
The purpose of this project is to limit inputs of sediments and nutrients of agricultural origin to Lake Saint-Paul by providing awareness and support to the agricultural producers involved. The project will involve creating riparian buffers at strategic locations, encouraging the producers to adopt soil conservation practices, delineating and selecting the riparian strips to be conserved, and asking the producers to sign voluntary conservation agreements.
Amount granted:
$24,500
Project duration:
2015-03-12 to 2016-03-31

 

Project number: IC-3704
Organization name:
Conseil des Montagnais de Natashquan
Project title: Protection of salmon through community management
Description:
The project involves ensuring the sustainability of the Atlantic salmon population in the Natashquan River. The Quebec Western North Shore population of Atlantic salmon has been assessed as Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The project includes the development of an Innu code of practice for salmon fishing. Among other things, there is a desire to promote angling rather than gillnetting to reduce pressure on the fishery. In addition, an overview of Aboriginal traditional knowledge of salmon fishing will be developed and the community’s concerns will be identified. The project will thus enable the Innu community of Nutashkuan to contribute to protecting the resource and its associated uses.
Amount granted: $74,000
Project duration: 2015-04-01 to 2018-03-31

 

Project number: IC-3707
Organization name:
Huron-Wendat Nation Council
Project title: Feasibility study on the installation of an eel ladder and assessment of the abundance, distribution and quality of eel habitat in the St. Charles River
Description:
The objective of the project is to contribute to the recovery of the American eel in the St. Charles River in Quebec City. The species has been assessed as Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Suitable eel habitat will be assessed by means of a survey of habitat abundance, distribution and quality. The feasibility of installing an eel ladder at the Joseph Samson dam, near the mouth of the St. Charles River, will also be studied. The project will advance the knowledge of the ecology of this species, which was once a major food source for the Huron-Wendat Nation.
Amount granted: $23,885
Project duration: 2015-04-01 to 2016-03-31

 

Project number: IC-3710
Organization name: Groupe de concertation des bassins versants de la zone Bécancour (GROBEC)
Project title: 
Yellow perch habitat characterization and development in the St. Lawrence River at Bécancour
Description:
The first step of the project will be to identify high-quality yellow perch spawning habitat on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in the Bécancour sector. There has been a moratorium on yellow perch fishing in that sector since 2012. The sites will then be restored to improve quality and access. A total of 1.7 hectares of spawning grounds will be restored or created.
Amount granted: $190,000
Project duration: 2015-05-01 to 2017-03-31

 

Project number: IC-3713
Organization name: Environmental group Uni-Vert in Matane
Project title: Protecting the shoreline around our villages 
Description:
In the Matane region, a number of waterfowl gathering areas and capelin spawning grounds are threatened by fine sediment silting due to shoreline erosion. The objective of this project is to develop an action plan to restore these shoreline habitats. Shoreline erosion sites will be identified and characterized over a distance of 20 km and an action plan will then be prepared to stabilize and restore the shoreline using revegetation or bioengineering techniques.
Amount granted: $24,250
Project duration: 2015-06-15 to 2016-12-16

 

Project number: IC-3715
Organization name: Saint-Lawrence Valley Natural History Society
Project title:
Surveys of stinkpot turtle, identification of habitats and threats to the species in Lake Saint-François (Montérégie)
Description:
Following the recent discovery of a population of stinkpot turtles in Lake Saint-François, the project seeks to improve knowledge of this population and to develop an action plan. The targeted sector includes the banks, wetlands and tributaries of the St. Lawrence River between the Akwesasne Territory and Saint-Anicet. The necessary actions for improving the habitat of this population and reducing the threats that it is facing in order to contribute to its recovery will be identified.
Amount granted:
$25,000
Project duration:
2015-03-12 to 2016-03-31

 

Project number: IC-3717
Organization name: Environmental group Uni-Vert in Matane
Project title:
Protecting the shoreline in Sainte-Félicité through bioengineering
Description:
The purpose of the project is to stabilize sections of the St. Lawrence River shoreline exposed to erosion in the Sainte-Félicité sector, east of Matane, through the use of bioengineering techniques. The project includes the planting of 8,000 native plants over approximately 1 km of shoreline having high environmental value due to its location adjacent to waterfowl gathering areas and capelin spawning grounds.
Amount granted: $58,104
Project duration: 2015-04-28 to 2016-10-28

2014-2015

Project number: IC-3419
Organization name: Nature Québec
Project title:
  Controlling invasive plants in the Saint-Vallier Important Bird Area (IBA)
Description: The purpose of the project is to reduce the spread of Invasive alien plant species (IAS) in Important bird areas (IBAs), starting with the Saint-Vallier IBA. IBAs play a vital role in maintaining bird populations. The quality of the habitat in IBAs is the determining factor that enables them to provide birds with the resources they need to fulfill their vital functions. The presence of IAS is degrading the quality of sites in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, including the Saint-Vallier IBA. Nature Québec hopes to reduce the introduction of IAS by developing expertise in identifying and surveying IAS through the creation of information and management tools and stakeholder outreach on this issue. This pilot project could be adapted and exported to other IBAs.
Amount granted: $75,000
Project duration: 2014-06-03 to 2016-02-28

 

Project number: IC-3501
Organization name: Abenakis Band Council of Odanak
Project title:
2014-2017 Odanak yellow perch project
Description: The purpose of the project is to improve the free movement of yellow perch to a spawning ground by building an innovative wildlife channel. A channel 75 metres long will be built between the Saint-François River and the first La Commune marsh in Odanak. It will include meanders and 40 small pools and riffles and will be stabilized with natural stones and plants. The project also includes educating community members on the instability of the local yellow perch population, and encouraging the community to participate in this initiative 
Amount granted: $33,475
Project duration: 2014-04-01 to 2017-03-31

 

Project number: IC-3505
Organization name: Comité ZIP Saguenay
Project title:
Characterization and survey of the river segment within the boundaries of the Charlevoix-Est regional county municipality (RCM)
Description: The purpose of the project is to characterize about 10 sites in the Charlevoix-Est RCM that are located along the St. Lawrence. This fluvial section contains riparian environments that are more fragile and are subject to human pressure of unknown magnitude. In the characterization, the environmental issues observed will be documented, their consequences will be assessed, and solutions will be proposed to ensure the sustainability of the habitats. The wetlands that are visited will also be characterized in terms of surface area, type of grass bed, and presence of rare species. Special attention will be paid to identifying and characterizing illegal dumps. The information will be compiled in the form of technical fact sheets that will provide the basis for an action plan for the sector.
Amount granted: $13,647
Project duration: 2014-06-03 to 2014-11-03

 

Project number: IC-3508
Organization name: Nature-Action Québec
Project title:
Plan for the conservation and restoration of riparian buffers in Pointe-Sud on Nuns' Island
Description: The purpose of the project is to describe the status of biodiversity along 15 ha of the shoreline of Pointe-Sud of the island in order to plan the conservation and rehabilitation activities that are considered necessary. The population of Nuns' Island has been growing rapidly (40%) for the past 10 years. The resulting pressure on housing is a threat for the island's natural areas, which are already fragile and fragmented. Plant and animal wildlife studies will be carried out to develop a profile of the riparian buffer ecosystem. Issues such as the presence of IAS and tree removal will be documented. The possibility of creating a natural reserve on privately owned land will also be assessed.
Amount granted: $25,000
Project duration: 2014-06-03 to 2015-02-28

 

Project number: IC-3510
Organization name: Comité ZIP Les Deux Rives
Project title:
  Voluntary conservation of wetlands at the mouth of the Rivière aux Orignaux and Rivière aux Glaises – Phase II
Description: The purpose of this project is to promote voluntary conservation of wetlands at the mouth of the Rivière aux Orignaux and Rivière aux Glaises, in the Mauricie region. The site targeted in this project is a complex of fragile wetlands that offers excellent biodiversity potential. However, it is subject to a variety of human pressures, such as ATV use, that may threaten its integrity. The project seeks to educate the shoreline property owners of the importance of preserving it. A property owner's manual will be developed for each property. It will contain a description of the characteristics specific to the site and recommended management approaches and actions for improving the conservation of the site. One-on-one meetings will then be held to with the 28 shoreline property owners to give them the manual and discuss the possibility of signing a voluntary conservation agreement.
Amount granted: $11,010
Project duration: 2014-06-03 to 2014-12-31

 

Project number: IC-3512
Organization name: Commité ZIP Sud-de-l'Estuaire
Project title:
Biophysical characterization of Anse-du-Portage and restoration of vulnerable shoreline habitat
Description: This project is aimed at restoring the shoreline of a site used for recreation and tourism in Anse-du-Portage. The first component involves characterizing the targeted zone, which contains a number of habitats. Recommendations that will be provided will highlight green protection techniques supported by the guide to best practices for restoring and developing the Lower St. Lawrence shoreline published by the Sud-de-l’Estuaire ZIP Committee (Project IC-3006). The second component will consist of restoring the environment to protect and conserve the beach and marsh. It will limit coastal erosion, particularly by planting the degraded portions of the beach and marsh. In the last component, the work done will be presented to the general public in summer discussion sessions. The role of beach users will also be addressed, and they will be encouraged to adopt habits that are compatible with the restoration of the site.
Amount granted: $67,000
Project duration: 2014-05-01 to 2016-12-31

 

Project number: IC-3515
Organization name: Société de conservation, d'interprétation et de recherche de Berthier et ses îles (SCIRBI)
Project title:
Conservation of birds on agricultural and natural grassland on the shores of the St. Lawrence
Description: The project consists of educating and coaching agricultural producers in the Lake Saint-Pierre archipelago and Lanaudière region on the adoption of agricultural practices that promote the survival of grassland birds. The project will make it possible to raise producers' awareness of species at risk nesting on their property, identify measures for reducing accidental bird deaths caused by agricultural operations, and help producers adopt these measures on a voluntary basis.
Amount granted: $62,000
Project duration: 2014-04-01 to 2016-09-30

 

Project number: IC-3517
Organization name: Groupe environnemental Uni-Vert région Matane
Project title:
Notre littoral, nous y tenons (We care about our shoreline)
Description: The purpose of this project is to improve the St. Lawrence ecosystem and protect biodiversity by restoring coastal habitat in the Petit-Matane sector. It will involve carrying out various activities to control erosion and protect environmentally significant areas. Landscape engineering techniques will mainly be used to stabilize and protect the banks. A study conducted in 2012 already identified sites in the Petit-Matane sector where action should be taken.
Amount granted: $43,000
Project duration: 2014-04-01 to 2016-03-31

 

Project number: IC-3518
Organization name: Club Argenteuil Agro-environnemental
Project title:
Project to raise awareness of best soil conservation practices and develop demonstration sites
Description: The purpose of the project is to reduce agricultural nonpoint source pollution in the Saint-André River watershed by educating agricultural businesses on soil and water conservation practices they should adopt. The targeted watershed contains habitat of fish species dependent on the St. Lawrence that are threatened or likely to be designated as threatened. The project includes the development of demonstration sites and one-on-one coaching for producers seeking to adopt soil and water conservation practices.
Amount granted: $36,740
Project duration: 2014-06-01 to 2015-12-31

 

Project number: IC-3602
Organization name: Accès Fleuve / Comité Zone d'Intervention Prioritaire (ZIP) Ville-Marie
Project title:
Improving fish access to the Saint-Jacques River floodplain
Description: This project consists of improving fish access to the Saint-Jacques River floodplain in Brossard by digging a channel to connect two drainage ditches leading to an available spawning habitat. The creation of this new 2-ha spawning ground will help improve the St. Lawrence ecosystem, of which the Saint-Jacques River is a tributary. Furthermore, sport fishers will have access to the new environment that will be created.
Amount granted: $92,892
Project duration: 2014-01-01 to 2016-12-31

 

Project number: IC-3606
Organization name: Comité ZIP Les Deux Rives
Project title:
Agri-environmental action plan for the conservation of the wetlands of Valdor Island
Description: This project consists of improving wetland conservation on Valdor Island by tackling issues of agricultural origin. Valdor Island is one of the rare wetland complexes along the St. Lawrence in the Les Chenaux RCM. It provides critical wildlife habitat for a number of fish and bird species. With this project, the ZIP committee Les Deux Rives would like to continue its conservation work through the development of customized agri-environmental action plans.
Amount granted: $22,308
Project duration: 2014-06-03 to 2016-02-15

 

Project number: IC-3607
Organization name: Société de gestion des rivières de Gaspé
Project title:
Clearing the logjam in the Saint-Jean River
Description: The purpose of this project is to clear a logjam that has been building up for years in the Saint-Jean River estuary adversely affecting aquatic fauna. The volume of accumulated wood is growing year by year, and monitoring of Atlantic salmon downstream migration indicates that fish are not surviving the crossing of the logjam. The purpose of this project is also to complete the clean-up of the channels. A survey of the salmon population will also be conducted.
Amount granted: $150,000
Project duration: 2014-06-03 to 2016-03-31

 

Project number: IC-3611
Organization name: Association forestière des deux rives (AF2R)
Project title:
Voluntary conservation of significant riparian natural environments in the Orleans Island RCM
Description: The project involves voluntary conservation of significant riparian forest patches, wetlands, and animal and plant habitat on the north shore of Orleans Island. To counteract the disappearance and degradation of these natural riparian environments, outreach activities for property owners and local residents will be organized. The activities will educate the local population on the value of the natural environments present on their land and on best practices to adopt in order to protect, conserve or restore these environments. Information sessions, evening outreach events and site visits with specialists will be organized. The signing of voluntary conservation agreements is anticipated.
Amount granted: $100,000
Project duration: 2015-03-01 to 2018-02-28

 

Project number: IC-3612
Organization name: Comité ZIP des Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Project title:
The coastline of yesterday, today and tomorrow
Description: This project involves educating local residents and tourists on environmental issues affecting the Magdalen Islands. The amateur play that will be created will promote significant individual and collective involvement. Its purpose is to provoke behavioural changes in order to ensure the sustainability of the uses and ecosystems of the Magdalen Islands. A survey will measure changes during the months following the performances.
Amount granted: $59,257
Project duration: 2014-09-01 to 2015-10-15

 

Project number: IC-3616
Organization name: Conseil de gouvernance de l'eau des bassins versants de la rivière Saint-François (COGESAF)
Project title:
Improving access to yellow perch spawning grounds in Lake Saint-Pierre and its tributaries
Description: The project involves a complete characterization of the potential of the last section of the Saint-François River, which falls within the community wildlife area of Lake Saint-Pierre, as spawning grounds for yellow perch. This process will lead to the development of an action plan and later to a series of landscape developments. This project has broad local support and rounds out other initiatives aimed at rebuilding the Lake Saint-Pierre yellow perch population, which is currently showing signs of collapse.
Amount granted: $25,000
Project duration: 2014-08-07 to 2015-08-31

 

Project number: IC-3617
Organization name: Comité ZIP Côte-Nord du Golfe
Project title: Restoration of the landfill in Cap Blanc (Anticosti) - Phase I - Feasibility study
Description: This project involves a feasibility study in relation to an abandoned landfill with no owner, located on the banks of Anticosti Island near Port-Meunier. Erosion is causing waste from the landfill to fall directly into the St. Lawrence. The study will make it possible to develop and assess the feasibility of solutions for stabilizing the banks in the future, restoring the riparian buffer, cleaning up the beach, and removing waste from the slope and riparian buffer.
Amount granted: $17,731
Project duration: 2014-08-11 to 2015-03-31

2013-2014

Project number: IC-3103
Organization name: Éco-Nature
Project title: Enhancing the area and raising awareness among users of the Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
Description: The purpose of this project is to balance conservation with enhancement of the Rivière des Mille Îles' natural environments by reducing the negative impact of users on the wetlands. To achieve this, Éco-Nature will develop a code of ethics for users of the Rivière des Mille Îles, develop sites to promote the natural environments' accessibility, reduce the impact of boating activities on these environments, and build awareness among users and involve them in the project.
Amount granted: $82,684
Project duration: 2012-07-25 to 2015-03-31

Project number: IC-3301
Organization name: Comité ZIP Saguenay
Project title: Restoration and enhancement of Anse Saint-Étienne
Description: The objective of the project is to protect the tidal flats of Anse Saint-Étienne, a significant wetland in Petit-Saguenay on the south shore of the Saguenay River. Minor infrastructure will be built to limit access to the sensitive areas. The project will also include planting 500 shrubs to control erosion in the sensitive areas, as well as installing educational signs to raise users’ awareness of the sensitivity of this shoreline ecosystem and behaviours they should adopt to protect it.
Amount granted: $32,830
Project duration: 2013-04-15 to 2014-06-01

Project number: IC-3304
Organization name: Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l’Estuaire
Project title: Biophysical and environmental characterization of habitats in Anse des Rioux
Description: The objective of the project is to complete a biological, geomorphological and physico-chemical characterization of the site of Anse des Rioux in order to make recommendations with regard to restoration.
Amount granted: $23,030
Project duration: 2013-04-11 to 2013-12-31

Project number: IC-3306
Organization name: Ambioterra
Project title: Blue and green corridors in the Rivière aux Anglais watershed
Description: The objective of the project is to examine the possibility of protecting riparian buffers along the Rivière aux Anglais and improving their quality in order to reduce the impact of agricultural nonpoint source pollution and restore wildlife habitat. The project will involve delineating and characterizing priority areas, recruiting 10 property owners interested in conducting a detailed diagnostic, and providing each owner with a manual setting out a riparian buffer management plan that is based on landscape engineering and agri-environmental practices.
Amount granted: $25,000
Project duration: 2013-04-11 to 2014-03-31 

Project number: IC-3308
Organization name: Comité ZIP des Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Project title: Targeted action to control the establishment and spread of the vase tunicate, an invasive tunicate species, in the Magdalen Islands
Description: The objective of the project is to control the introduction of a new invasive alien species into a section of the Cap-aux-Meules fishing harbour by removing the floating docks, cleaning them and applying an anti-fouling paint. The project will also involve controlling tunicate establishment and spread.
Amount granted: $102,655
Project duration: 2013-06-05 to 2015-02-28 

Project number: IC-3311
Organization name: Nature Conservancy of Canada
Project title: Conservation plan for the Northern Map Turtle in the Lac des Deux Montagnes area
Description: The project's objective is to create a conservation plan for the Northern Map Turtle in the Lac des Deux Montagnes area. The plan aims to identify land-use and protection measures for the species' primary habitats, as well as make recommendations to mitigate the impact of threats to the population. The project also includes implementation of part of the plan following the successful completion of certain priority actions on the target area.
Amount granted: $65,000
Project duration: 2013-04-01 to 2016-03-31

Project number: IC-3314
Organization name: Comité ZIP de la rive nord de l’estuaire
Project title: Improving knowledge on the yellow rail, a threatened species in Quebec – characterization and protection of wetlands on the north shore of the estuary that may contain yellow rail
Description: The objective of the project is to prepare a yellow rail management plan for the north shore. The study activities to be conducted will include acoustic and visual surveys and descriptions of the habitats used. A report will be produced, describing the protective measures to be implemented, useful developments and the planned restoration.
Amount granted: $24,010
Project duration: 2013-04-16 to 2014-03-31 

Project number: IC-3403
Organization name: Comité ZIP du lac Saint-Pierre
Project title: Characterization of tributary watercourses of Lac Saint-Pierre in order to carry out restoration activities
Description: Organic and chemical substances, as well as garbage left on the shorelines of small tributaries, end up in Lac Saint-Pierre's aquatic ecosystem as a result of erosion and run-off. The project's objectives are to identify degrading factors and their possible causes, evaluate the impact of these problems on the environment and the limits they impose on users, and target priority sites and intervene to correct some of the damage. Approximately 50 tributaries of Lac Saint-Pierre will be characterized and four watercourses will be restored.
Amount granted: $200,000
Project duration: 2013-09-19 to 2016-03-31

Project number: IC-3404
Organization name: Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l'Estuaire
Project title: Experimental restoration of an eelgrass bed in Baie de Mitis
Description: The project involves testing eelgrass transplantation techniques for the purposes of evaluating the potential effectiveness of these methods for a larger-scale restoration of the Baie de Mitis eelgrass bed over the next few years. Results of the tests conducted will be published on cotesacotes.org and the Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l'Estuaire's website.
Amount granted: $58,262
Project duration: 2013-09-19 to 2015-12-31

Project number: IC-3405
Organization name: Conseil québécois des espèces exotiques envahissantes
Project title: Education campaign: STOP the release of exotic life forms into the St. Lawrence
Description: The purpose of this project is to protect the St. Lawrence's biodiversity by limiting the introduction of exotic live species into the St. Lawrence and its watershed. To achieve this, an education campaign will be designed and disseminated. It will focus on three major vectors for introduction: people with aquariums, schools and non-native communities.
Amount granted: $98,400
Project duration: 2013-09-19 to 2015-05-30

Project number: IC-3406
Organization name: AGIR Maskinongé
Project title: Habitat conservation of Lac Saint-Pierre Yellow Perch by reducing sediment and nutrient inputs in the Rivière Maskinongé
Description: The project's overall objective is to contribute to the recovery of Lac Saint-Pierre Yellow Perch by reducing agricultural sediment and nutrient inputs from the downstream portion of the Rivière Maskinongé watershed. More specifically, the project will involve stabilization and revegetation work over a 12-kilometre priority section of riparian area along the Rivière Ormière, at the mouth of the Rivière Maskinongé.
Amount granted: $179,000
Project duration: 2013-09-18 to 2015-12-31

Project number: IC-3407
Organization name: Comité de bassin versant du ruisseau des Salines
Project title: Delineation and improvement of riparian areas in the Ruisseau des Salines watershed
Description: The project's objective is to raise public awareness about preserving and restoring riparian areas in the Ruisseau des Salines watershed. This watershed's watercourses are characterized by significant agricultural activity and contain strong nutrient and sediment concentrations harmful to the quality of aquatic habitat. The banks of the Ruisseau des Salines and its tributaries will be characterized to delineate the riparian area and identify the sources of degradation. The information collected will then be presented to shoreline property owners in the form of an intervention plan to encourage them to implement measures to improve the riparian area.
Amount granted: $24,500
Project duration: 2013-11-01 to 2015-03-31

Project number: IC-3408
Organization name: Comité ZIP Côte-Nord du Golfe
Project title: Restoration of the mouth of the Rivière Brochu
Description: The purpose of this project is to contribute to preserving wildlife habitats at the mouth of the Rivière Brochu, in Sept-Îles, and more specifically to restoring nesting sites and protecting the Common Tern colony. To achieve this, the project involves collaboration with École de Gallix to revegetate disrupted environments by planting sand ryegrass and to conduct awareness activities with users regarding the impact of trampling.
Amount granted: $89,660
Project duration: 2014-02-01 to 2016-06-30

Project number: IC-3409
Organization name: Fondation québécoise pour la protection du patrimoine naturel (FQPPN)
Project title: Development of a plan to protect the main tributaries of the St. Lawrence River in the vicinity of the Battures-de-Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures Nature Reserve
Description: The project consists of developing a plan to protect St. Lawrence River tributaries that discharge into the Battures-de-Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures Nature Reserve. The plan will be used to identify priority actions to be implemented to maintain water quality in certain tributaries and propose possible solutions, particularly to issues with clogging and erosion in the Charland, Curé and Desrochers streams.
Amount granted: $25,000
Project duration: 2013-06-05 to 2014-03-31

Project number: IC-3411
Organization name: Comité ZIP Les Deux Rives
Project title: Conservation stewardship of wetlands in the Île Valdor area
Description: The purpose of this project is to produce 25 customized handbooks for certain Île Valdor property owners. These handbooks will include information about the area's wetlands and will describe the distinctive features of the wetlands' wildlife habitats. Precise and detailed mapping of each property will be available in the landowners' handbooks, along with recommendations for management and customized action items. The project also aims to obtain signatures for conservation stewardship agreements.
Amount granted: $13,150
Project duration: 2013-10-28 to 2015-03-31

Project number: IC-3413
Organization name: Club conseil Profit-eau-sol
Project title: Identification of potential precision conservation and restoration sites in the agricultural environment in the Lower Laurentians
Description: The project's objective is to use geospatial technologies to map out areas of diffuse agricultural pollution and areas of ecological significance to restore or preserve over 1 042.5 km2 of land in the Lower Laurentians, north of Montréal. This study project will later be used as the basis for developing a response plan to reduce diffuse agricultural pollution of the area's watercourses covered by the organization.
Amount granted: $25,000
Project duration: 2013-10-01 to 2014-03-31

Project number: IC-3414
Organization name: Groupe de recherche et d'éducation sur les mammifères marins (GREMM)
Project title: Marine Mammal Emergency Response Volunteer Network
Description: The project's objective is to raise public awareness to reduce incidents caused by human activities involving marine mammals. Every year, there are multiple incidents that may result in the death of marine mammals. The proposed awareness and educational activities would reduce the risk of incidents and improve the Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network's capacity to intervene. The project will be carried out on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, in Tadoussac, from September 2013 to March 2016. To involve shoreline communities in learning about and protecting the river’s marine mammals, more than 100 volunteers from the coastal area will be recruited and trained. They will help the network by validating a situation, documenting a case or raising public awareness.
Amount granted: $29,463
Project duration: 2013-11-29 to 2016-03-31

Project number: IC-3423
Organization name: Organisme de bassins versants de Kamouraska, L’Islet et Rivière-du-Loup (OBAKIR)
Project title: Creation of a riparian buffer for the rainbow smelt spawning ground in the Kamouraska River
Description: A biological monitoring project on the Kamouraska River has identified a rainbow smelt spawning area. To ensure the long-term preservation of the spawning area, a riparian buffer of shrubs and trees will be created around it. Furthermore, since the spawning ground is located in an agricultural area, an agri-environmental diagnostic will be conducted. It will be used to advise the riverside property owner on work to be undertaken to reduce the impact of their activities on the spawning area and water quality.
Amount granted: $25,000
Project duration: 2013-08-01 to 2014-06-30

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2012-2013

Project number: IC-3202
Organization name: Société d’aménagement du Parc des Îles-de-la-Paix
Project title: Construction of fifth seawall as part of the Îles-de-la-Paix project
Description: The objective of the project is to create a habitat suitable for fish by constructing a seawall opposite Île à Tambault, located in Lac Saint-Louis, across from the Îles de la Paix archipelago. The estimated area of this new habitat will be 19.1 hectares. The project will also protect the Îles de la Paix archipelago from erosion.
Amount granted: $200,000
Project duration: 2012-12-20 to 2013-08-23

Project number: IC-3203
Organization name: Comité ZIP Les Deux Rives
Project title: Wildlife habitat conservation plan for the Saint-Éloi marsh
Description: The objectives of the project are to characterize the habitat of the Saint-Éloi marsh, analyze sources of disturbance of the environment, propose actions for reducing the adverse impact of disturbance on the wildlife habitat, and work with local stakeholders to suggest ways of promoting the enhancement of the area in question.
Amount granted: $10,800
Project duration: 2012-08-15 to 2013-03-31

Project number: IC-3205
Organization name: Corporation PARC Bas-Saint-Laurent
Project title: Action plan for the conservation of the shoreline corridor of Cacouna and Isle-Verte
Description: The objective of the project is to locate sensitive species and fragile environments and assess direct and indirect impacts on those environments. The information will be compiled in an action plan that will become a guide for taking concrete short-, medium- and long-term protection actions. Regional stakeholders plan to create a shoreline park.
Amount granted: $19,875
Project duration: 2012-11-12 to 2013-03-31 

Project number: IC-3208
Organization name: Comité ZIP Jacques-Cartier
Project title: Prevent the proliferation of Japanese knotweed in the Montreal Metropolitan Community
Description: The purpose of the project is to raise awareness among people who have the authority to intervene and make land-use decisions by creating a coordination committee involving the participation of the municipal departments of the environment, parks, land use, and horticultural services. The project will assess the extent to which Japanese knotweed has established itself in various environments, determine methods for limiting its spread through concrete actions, and reduce its establishment at new sites.
Amount granted: $114,788
Project duration: 2013-06-05 to 2015-12-31 

Project number: IC-3210
Organization name: Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l'Estuaire
Project title: Salt marsh restoration in the Rimouski IBA
Description: The project's objective is to restore two sites weakened by erosion in the Sacré-Coeur salt marsh. Located in the Rimouski Important Bird Area (IBA), the marsh has unique characteristics. It is frequented by many species of migratory and breeding birds. The sites to be restored are situated in the upper part of the marsh, an area that has been significantly weakened by coastal erosion. Soft shoreline stabilization techniques will be favoured. This involves revegetating the upper levels of the marsh and transgressive lobe over an area of approximately 600 square metres, including 200 m2 with prairie cord grass and 400 m2 with sand ryegrass.  
Amount granted: $49,884
Project duration: 2012-10-29 to 2015-06-30

Project number: IC-3211
Organization name: Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l’Estuaire
Project title: Geomorphological and environmental characterization of the salt marshes in Kamouraska Bay (Saint-Denis)
Description: The aboiteaux (dikes built to enable farming of intertidal land) have been in poor condition for several years, and maintaining and repairing them will require major investment. The purpose of the project is to compile the existing information and fill gaps in knowledge on plant and animal species in order to make recommendations on the potential restoration of the marshes. The objectives of the project are to develop a geomorphological profile to assess the damage caused by erosion and by the many storms over the past 50 years and to study water contamination in nearby streams and in the marsh.
Amount granted: $24,995
Project duration: 2012-09-01 to 2013-03-31 

Project number: IC-3213
Organization name: Comité ZIP du Haut-Saint-Laurent
Project title: “Nettoyer la rivière Saint-Charles, un geste tout naturel!”
Description: The objective of the project is to organize a one-day clean-up of the banks and bed of the Saint-Charles River on land owned by the Municipality of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. Volunteers, including 40 divers, will take part in the clean-up. The day will serve as an opportunity to invite all residents to visit the clean-up site in order to raise their awareness of the importance of not using the area as an illegal dump. The project also includes three days of outreach in local schools.
Amount granted: $10,770
Project duration: 2012-09-04 to 2013-11-04

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2011-2012

Project number: IC-3004
Organization name: Comité ZIP Saguenay
Project title: Sectoral working group on Saguenay River rainbow smelt
Description: The objective of this project is to create a regional public working group (municipality, farmers, boaters, etc.) to develop an action plan for the protection of rainbow smelt spawning and gathering areas in the Saguenay River.
Amount granted: $10,872
Project duration: 2011-08-31 to 2012-03-31 

Project number: IC-3006
Organization name: Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l’Estuaire
Project title: Development and restoration of the Lower St. Lawrence shoreline: best practices in shoreline environment
Description: The objective of the project is to protect beaches on the south shore of the marine estuary that are being degraded by human activity (construction of walls and destruction of stabilizing native plants) and are also undergoing natural erosion (e.g. severe storms). These beaches provide habitat for aquatic animals and birds. The proponent plans to produce a restoration guide tailored to the types of shoreline present along the Lower St. Lawrence and post it online to provide options for best practices to residents who expressed concerns during outreach activities conducted as part of the “Côtes à côtes” project (IC-2803). In partnership with the municipalities of Sainte-Flavie and Rivière-Ouelle, the proponent also plans to carry out physical characterization of two areas to determine whether it would be possible to reshape two beaches and stabilize the microcliffs and upper beaches by planting sea lyme grass and rosebushes.
Amount granted: $76,799
Project duration: 2011-08-04 to 2013-05-31 

Project number: IC-3007
Organization name: Comité ZIP Les Deux Rives
Project title: Lac Saint-Pierre/Les Deux Rives water trail – north shore – Les Deux Rives portion
Description: The project will give users access to the river for boating activities while ensuring that fragile and vulnerable environments are protected. Along 45 kilometres of shoreline in the Trois?Rivières–Deschaillons area, the environments to be protected will be inventoried and maps will be used to convey information on access routes and areas to be avoided along this new portion of the water trail.
Amount granted: $34,390
Project duration: 2011-08-04 to 2012-09-28 

Project number: IC-3008
Organization name: Ducks Unlimited Canada
Project title: Habitat restoration for cavity-nesting (arboreal) ducks via the installation of nesting box networks
Description: In this project, 10 new networks, each consisting of 100 nesting boxes for cavity-nesting ducks, will be installed on the banks of the St. Lawrence River and its main tributaries (the sites that traditionally have the highest success rate for cavity-nesting ducks). The project will seek the participation of 30 property owners to host the networks and 100 local collaborators to perform the initial installation and annual cleaning of the nesting boxes. Each property owner will also have to sign a conservation agreement before a network is installed on their land, thus contributing to the protection of St. Lawrence wetlands.
Amount granted: $40,000
Project duration: 2011-11-01 to 2014-10-31

Project number: IC-3009
Organization name: Comité ZIP des Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Project title: “Un coup de pouce aux cours d’eau” (A helping hand for streams)
Description: The purpose of the project is to develop training for road maintenance workers on best stream management practices. A plain-language guide to best roadside stream management practices will be prepared to complement the training. Some streams will be restored during hands-on training, and others will be restored as the situation becomes urgent.
Amount granted: $32,661
Project duration: 2011-08-15 to 2012-06-30

Project number: IC-3012
Organization name: Comité ZIP du Haut-Saint-Laurent
Project title: Upper St. Lawrence water trail, Phase II
Description: To complete the Upper St. Lawrence water trail project, a feasibility study will be conducted for the south shoreline of the Ottawa River from Hudson to Pointe-Fortune. Access agreements for previously inventoried areas will continue to be signed. Maps will be produced, and the route of the water trail will be established by volunteers.
Amount granted: $13,000
Project duration: 2011-08-03 to 2012-03-31 

Project number: IC-3014
Organization name: Fondation québécoise pour la protection du patrimoine naturel (FQPPN)
Project title: Estuary conservation and riverside community outreach and engagment
Description: The objective of this project is to create a forum to provide tools (reports, maps and information bulletins) to municipalities, RCMs and other entities concerned about riparian environments around the freshwater-to-brackish estuary. The forum will raise awareness of the ecological characteristics of riparian environments around the freshwater-to-brackish estuary and the policies and regulations governing riparian environments, as well as identify methods for describing floodplains and assessing the quality of the riparian buffer.
Amount granted: $75,000
Project duration: 2011-11-15 to 2012-09-30 

Project number: IC-3016
Organization name: Conseil régional de l’environnement de la Gaspésie et des Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Project title: Biophysical characterization and drafting of a master development plan for Pointe au Maquereau
Description: The objective of the project is to complete a biophysical characterization of Pointe au Maquereau in the Gaspé Peninsula to help the RCM draft a master development plan forucssed on sustainable development.
Amount granted: $22,000
Project duration: 2011-08-01 to 2013-01-18 

Project number: IC-3018
Organization name: Corporation PARC Bas-Saint-Laurent
Project title: Feasibility study on the creation of open water areas in a eutrophic part of the Cacouna marsh and the installation of bird staging and nesting structures
Description: The project consists of performing a feasibility study to restore an area that was filled in the 1970s. The purpose of the project is to create open-water areas in a eutrophic part of the Cacouna marsh and install bird resting and nesting structures. The facilities will benefit waterfowl in the Gros Cacouna marsh.
Amount granted: $23,000
Project duration: 2011-07-29 to 2012-03-16 

Project number: IC-3019
Organization name: Comité ZIP de la rive nord de l’estuaire
Project title: Preparation of marine emergency response plans for riverside communities on the north shore of the marine estuary
Description: The objective of the project is to support the 16 municipalities and 2 Aboriginal communities along 365 kilometres of shoreline between Tadoussac and Baie-Trinité in the development of the marine component of their general emergency response plans. The 18 marine components will prevent hydrocarbon spills from potentially damaging the habitat of a wide variety of plant and animal wildlife by improving knowledge of environmental elements necessary for an effective response. The project focuses on 20 shoreline habitats that are critical for a number of animal and plant species and 12 waterfowl gathering areas.
Amount granted: $33,627
Project duration: 2011-08-01 to 2013-03-31 

Project number: IC-3106
Organization name: Comité ZIP Les Deux Rives
Project title: Educating Île Valdor residents on the importance of preserving the island’s wetlands
Description: The proponent plans to educate Île Valdor residents on the importance of preserving the island’s wetlands, particularly with regard to the harmful consequences of filling wetlands and the issue of the invasive alien species that have been found there (flowering rush and purple loosestrife). An information guide and a questionnaire about changing behaviours will be developed.
Amount granted: $10,589
Project duration: 2012-02-06 to 2012-08-31 

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2010-2011

Project number: IC-2801
Organization name: Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l’Estuaire
Project title: Enhancement and restoration of a beach at the mouth of the Mitis River
Description: The objective of the project is to preserve the physical structure of the beach through revegetation (transplanting sea lyme grass) and maintaining cliff materials displaced by waves at the base of the microcliff, as recommended by a geomorphological characterization. ATV users will also be educated on the need to better control their movements (delineation of a parking area).
Amount granted: $41,531
Project duration: 2010-07-05 to 2011-08-31 

Project number: IC-2803
Organization name: Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l’Estuaire
Project title: “Côtes à côtes:” Workshops on shoreline risks for RCMs from Montmagny to Rimouski
Description: The objective of the project is to build communities’ capacity to adapt to shoreline erosion and flooding. To do so, information workshops will be offered to residents in each RCM from Montmagny to Rimouski. The project is intended to improve knowledge of shoreline risks, raise awareness of actions being carried out here and elsewhere to deal with such hazards, and provide a forum for information and exchange.
Amount granted: $41,628
Project duration: 2010-08-26 to 2011-02-15 

Project number: IC-2805
Organization name: Great Lakes United
Project title: Green cities for a healthy river and healthy communities: From theory to practice
Description: The purpose of this project is to refine and round out awareness and training efforts undertaken in 2009–2010. The objectives are to promote low-impact development techniques and green infrastructure by presenting lectures for decision makers, contractors, developers and residents at a provincial conference. The conference will provide an opportunity to answer questions asked by participants in Phase I by facilitating the transition from theory to practice, and to create an online audiovisual educational tool that complements the guides developed by MDDEFP, MAMROT and GLU.
Amount granted: $99,115
Project duration: 2011-03-31 to 2012-02-15 

Project number: IC-2807
Organization name: Comité ZIP Baie-des-Chaleurs
Project title: Restoration and enhancement of the Little Cascapedia River estuary
Description: The land surrounding the Little Cascapedia River estuary has been owned by pulp and paper companies since the 1960s. With the decommissioning of the last mill in the mid-2000s, the community hopes to restore the use of the St. Lawrence to local residents. To do so, the site must be cleared of industrial debris and restored to promote colonization by endemic species. The purpose of the project is to clean up the shoreline through underwater diving with barges and divers, in collaboration with a group of young people. The riverbanks will then be recontoured as needed and revegetated with native species. In addition, 300 nesting boxes will be built and installed.
Amount granted: $12,379
Project duration: 2010-08-26 to 2011-02-15

Project number: IC-2809
Organization name: Réseau d’observation de mammifères marins (ROMM)
Project title: Management of recreational diving activities around Bonaventure Island (Percé)
Description: This project has three components for protecting benthic flora and fauna by controlling underwater diving activities and raising user awareness. The first component involves characterizing diving sites around Bonaventure Island to identify plant and animal species at risk and areas degraded by diving. The second involves preparing a diving management plan in collaboration with stakeholders. The third involves implementing measures to control activities and raise user awareness.
Amount granted: $33,175
Project duration: 2010-06-21 to 2011-11-30 

Project number: IC-2817
Organization name: Comité ZIP des Seigneuries
Project title: Characterization and ecological rehabilitation of riparian buffers along the St. Lawrence River near Repentigny
Description: The objective of the project is to raise riverside residents’ awareness of the importance of riparian buffers and educate the Municipality of Repentigny on the necessity of implementing the Protection Policy for Lakeshores, Riverbanks, Littoral Zones and Floodplains. The project will involve characterizing the shoreline near Repentigny, holding information sessions for the public, and creating a model riparian buffer.
Amount granted: $32,084
Project duration: 2010-09-17 to 2012-06-01 

Project number: IC-2821
Organization name: Mouvement pour la valorisation du patrimoine naturel madelinot
Project title: “J’y mets mon grain de sable II” – Townships tour
Description: In the context of climate change, habitat degradation is a major threat. Poorly targeted adaptation actions are being implemented, adding to human behaviours that are harmful to habitat (riprap and ATV traffic). The objective of this project is to set up committees of volunteers who will take part in dune restoration efforts. The committees will be created at meetings in townships in the Magdalen Islands, at which residents will be invited to suggest possible solutions for controlling shoreline erosion. The committees will be tasked with following up on the proposed measures to address the human factors targeted. Proposals for concrete action will be submitted to the relevant authorities and groups, such as the Magdalen Islands ATV club and hunters’ association.
Amount granted: $20,109
Project duration: 2010-10-15 to 2011-03-31 

Project number: IC-2824
Organization name: Comité ZIP de la rive nord de l’estuaire
Project title: Restoration and enhancement of five beaches degraded by human activity to control erosio
Description: The objective of the project is to control erosion by restoring and enhancing five beaches degraded by human activity. The project will involve organizing and developing official access routes that will be identified and marked, as well as installing information panels and revegetating bare areas. Outreach activities will also be implemented at four schools in the form of in-class presentations and field trips during which students will carry out hands-on restoration actions.
Amount granted: $39,908
Project duration: 2010-08-01 to 2011-12-31 

Project number: IC-2825
Organization name: Comité ZIP des Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Project title: Rescuing our treasured streams
Description: The objective of the project is to mitigate threats to a rainbow smelt population that frequents 13 streams in the Magdalen Islands. Following a consultation among local stakeholders, an action plan will be prepared and actions will be taken to protect the species’ spawning grounds. Local stakeholders will be made aware of possible solutions for reducing the impact of road construction or other work on such habitat.
Amount granted: $37,053
Project duration: 2010-07-13 to 2011-03-31 

Project number: IC-2904
Organization name: Réseau d’observation de mammifères marins (ROMM)
Project title: Enhancement and restoration of wetlands in the coastal corridor from Cacouna to L’Isle-Verte (Lower St. Lawrence)
Description: The objective of the project is to prepare and implement an intervention plan based on records on the Cacouna–L’Isle-Verte sector in the St. Lawrence Shoreline Restoration Atlas. The project will create small islands for waterfowl resting and nesting in Cacouna Mountain Pond. It will also involve constructing one riprap sill in the main drainage channel of Cacouna marsh and four riprap sills in two areas of the L’Isle-Verte marsh, along with other secondary work in those two areas. Monitoring, bird surveys and field visits will be carried out to assess the environmental gains achieved.
Amount granted: $91,494
Project duration: 2011-02-15 to 2013-07-31

Project number: IC-2911
Organization name: Comité ZIP Côte-Nord du Golfe
Project title: Restoration and enhancement of critical plant habitat in the Cap Ferré area
Description: The objective of the project is to restore and enhance the Cap Ferré area as a critical habitat for sensitive or threatened plant species. The project includes creating an advisory round table whose members will work together to draft a restoration and development plan and implement site restoration and development and outreach activities.
Amount granted: $16,723
Project duration: 2011-01-31 to 2011-12-31 

Project number: IC-2912
Organization name: Comité ZIP de la rive nord de l’estuaire
Project title: Protection and restoration of the beach at Pointe-à-Boisvert, Longue-Rive
Description: The objective of the project is to restore the beach at Pointe-à-Boisvert to control erosion in several areas, namely the streambanks and the sand point protecting the second largest saltwater marsh on the North Shore. The erosion problem is exacerbated by the end effect caused by riprap on the west side of the stream. The planned restoration method is to remove rocks that have been carried into the stream, east of the beach, revegetate the streambanks with native plants, consolidate user traffic on a marked trail, and reshape the sand embankment protecting the marsh. A study by geomorphologists will confirm the selection of the restoration techniques one year before the work begins. Outreach activities will be conducted targeting area users (ATV riders and walkers) and elementary school students at École Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours. The restoration work will begin in the spring or summer of 2012, and the municipality has agreed to follow up after the project ends.
Amount granted: $34,900
Project duration: 2011-02-01 to 2013-12-31

Project number: IC-2913
Organization name: Comité ZIP de la rive nord de l’estuaire
Project title: Support for youth in the Pessamit community for discovering and monitoring the marsh and implementing a youth action plan
Description: The objective of the project is to educate elementary- and high-school students in the Pessamit community on the protection and conservation of the Pessamit marsh.
Amount granted: $10,000
Project duration: 2010-12-22 to 2012-03-31

Project number: IC-2917
Organization name: Regroupement Québec-Oiseaux
Project title: Reduce the impact of tourism activities on seabird populations in Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock Provincial Park – Phase I
Description: The objective of the project is to document the problem of seabird disturbance by boats and divers in the Bonaventure Island area in order to identify conservation issues and make recommendations to local authorities. The project also includes disseminating information to the target audiences (vessel captains, guides, divers, boaters, and park employees).
Amount granted: $24,700
Project duration: 2011-01-06 to 2012-04-30

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