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Shorline Assets Improve Community River Access in Saint-Pascal, Que.

By Todd Westcott 11:31AM November 16, 2017

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Saint-Pascal, Quebec has invested in safer shoreline assets at Camp Richelieu with $8,750 in funding from the Government of Canada.

The investment was announced today by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), on the occasion of the inauguration of shoreline protection facilities on the Kamouraska River, at Camp Richelieu.

The financial contribution helped the Organisme de bassins versants de Kamouraska, L’Islet et Rivière-du-Loup (OBAKIR) to restore 30 metres of shoreline, build two wooden platforms, and use innovative plant engineering techniques (native plants). Interpretive panels were also installed to raise awareness among those who use the site.

“This investment is part of a community construction project celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. There is no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours,” said Bains.

Kamouraska River area. Credit: OBAKIR.

The rehabilitation of this river access will stabilize the river banks and correct erosion problems, while improving the safety of the premises for people who enjoy the shoreline at Camp Richelieu.

“The river banks, which had become dangerous, were replanted to prevent erosion. In addition, we now have new access facilities to the Kamouraska River, allowing people to connect with nature,” said Véronique Dumouchel, director general, OBAKIR. “We want the community to feel at home here and enjoy the new facilities because this place is truly magical.” OBAKIR formed in 2009, merging two former watershed committees. The merger followed the 2009 integration of 40 watershed management zones in Quebec. Since then, OBAKIR has undertaken watershed management projects such as restoring native fish species, addressing invasive plants, and developing a master plan for water management.

The investment was granted through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150), a $300 million fund that was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary through investments in community spaces.

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