Spawning Ground restoration at Masta Island, Varennes, Qc.

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 summer.

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
alexandre.joly@nature-action.qc.ca

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