BELOEIL, QC, April 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Nature-Action Québec will proceed, over the summer months, in a
restoration project of a spawning ground at Masta Island, in Varennes.
The work aims to restore the link between the island's marsh and the
St. Lawrence River.
Nature-Action Québec, a non-profit organization with its head office in
Beloeil, has a mission to guide people and organizations toward better
environmental practices. Promoter of many natural environment
restoration projects, Nature-Action Québec has been a recognized
conservation organisation for 25 years.
Masta Island, Varennes located in the St-Lawrence River is located in
the Contrecœur archipelago. The island's marsh's entrance is partially
blocked by sedimentation. Fish use the site for spawning and are
imprisoned in the marsh during low water periods, at the end of the
The work, which should take place during August and September 2011, aims
to re-establish the link between the marsh and the St-Lawrence River. A
channel would be dug and a water retention system put in place. The
work should allow a contact between the marsh and the river during 241
days a year, an amelioration of 77% when compared to the present
situation. The construction would allow the fish to leave the marsh
more often and over a longer period of the year.
The work, promoted by Nature-Action Québec, is undertaken with the
financial assistance of Sustain Our Great Lakes, a bi-national,
public-partnership that supports habitat restoration throughout the
Great Lakes basin. This project is being carried out with support from
the Community Interaction Program. The funding of this joint program,
which is connected with the St. Lawrence Plan for a Sustainable
Development, is shared between Environment Canada and Quebec's
Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs.
SOURCE Nature-Action Québec
For further information:
Alexandre Joly, Project manager
450-464-5672 ext. 426