Saint Lawrence Reports2020-03-10T03:38:49+00:00

On March 10, 2020, the Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Collaborative submitted Action Plan 2020-2030 for the Future of the Saint Lawrence to Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and to Quebec Minister of Environment Benoit Charette.

Following a nine-month engagement process, the Collaborative’s Expert Panel, supported by Issue Table members, stakeholders, and Indigenous advisors, have proposed recommendations to tackle four complex challenges facing the Saint Lawrence: climate change and flooding, toxics and other harmful pollutants, nutrients contributing to harmful algal blooms, and bacteriological contamination of beaches.

This is the second or three phases of the Collaborative, On June 18, 2019, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Collaborative released An Action Plan to Protect the Great Lakes. In April 2020, the Collaborative will release its final report, which integrates the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence recommendations and proposes a path forward for the protection of these great waterways.

12 critical actions…

The Collaborative has identified the need for Government of Canada, in collaboration with the Government of Quebec, to invest in and deliver on 12 critical actions to protect the Saint Lawrence and those who live in the region. Through the Action Plan 2020-2030 for the Future of the Saint Lawrence , investing in the protection and restoration of the Saint Lawrence will provide immediate and long-term benefits. The Collaborative recommends all governments and relevant partners commit to delivering on this innovative and bold action plan to protect the Saint Lawrence and those who live on its shores.

Some of the key recommendations in the Action Plan 2020-2030 for the future of the Saint Lawrence are outlined below. For a complete list of recommendations please click here.

Climate Change

To assist coastal communities that have been repeatedly impacted by flooding and erosion, caused by climate change, establish a joint Office of Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience to develop and implement an adaptation and resiliency strategy and a provincial action plan and provide professional services and expertise to regional and local governments and First Nations.

Access to the Saint Lawrence and improved beaches quality

To increase public access to the Saint Lawrence and to improve the quality of existing beaches, develop a risk-based beaches program to ensure consistency of quality  across beaches, including a new beaches quality regulation, a testing and  monitoring protocol, and funding for data collection and analysis.

Nutrients and harmful algal blooms

To reduce nutrients from agricultural runoff from entering waterways, establish a research centre supported by a university consortium and an interministerial  committee to develop measures and provide extension support to farmers in 11 priority zones , using agricultural conservation and living  lab models to support farmers in adopting best practices.

Toxics

To reduce human and ecological exposure to toxics and harmful pollutants, review and strengthen the standards and upgrade the performance of existing wastewater treatment facilities  for municipalities, businesses, and institutions, including amending wastewater treatment regulations to include a total nitrogen discharge standard.

Final Phase

With the release of both the Great Lakes Action Plan 2030 and the Action Plan for the future of the Saint Lawrence 2030, the Collaborative will now integrate the recommendations and propose a path forward for their implementation. The integrated Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Action Plan is expected to be presented to Federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson in April 2020.

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Photo credit Jean Paquin
PLAGE TR – Eütienne Boisvert
PLAGE QC – Photo Credit Philippe Roger
PLAGE QC – Photo Credit Marc-AntoineHalle
PLAGE QC – Photo Credit – Charles-William Pelletier
Gord Miller, Expert Panel Co-Chair, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Collaborative (photo credit Quinn Corkal)
Jean Cinq-Mars, Expert Panel Co-Chair, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Collaborative (photo credit Quinn Corkal)
Great Lakes Summit May 1, 2019 Group (photo credit Quinn Corkal)
Great Lakes Summit May 1, 2019 Break out group (photo credit Quinn Corkal)

More Information

For more information about Great Lakes Action Plan 2020-2030 and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Collaborative, please contact:

Nicola Crawhall

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Collaborative Secretariat

nicola.crawhall@westbrookpa.com