MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION OF WATER
DRINKING WATER PROTECTION
We must oppose any economic development project that involves risks to drinking water throughout Quebec. This includes industrial projects, oil drilling as well as residential developments. Each project must be risk-assessed regarding drinking water and groundwater.
ESTABLISHING A PLAN FOR RAINWATER MANAGEMENT
Rainwater reuse is a good way to reduce our ecological footprint and energy consumption related to water purification. Sound rainwater management plays a vital role in the fight against floods. Groundwater is a natural reservoir of rainwater, but with traditional urban development, rainwater is directed to sewers rather than groundwater. The Quebec Green Party supports the implementation of a national stormwater management policy that will take into account the realities of climate change.
LAKES AND RIVERS
The Quebec Green Party is committed to protecting our lakes and rivers, which are important for biodiversity, the health of Quebeckers, tourism, and so on. The PVQ proposes to:
- Prohibit pesticides and herbicides that are often a threat to lakes, especially with the proliferation of blue-green algae.
- Strengthen agricultural inspections.
- Fight against plastic waste.
- More adequately finance the reforestation of lakes and rivers.
- Apply the recommendations of organizations and associations acting for the protection of various water bodies (especially watersheds).
RIVER BANK MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGIC RETREAT
The reality of climate change is that the water level of the St. Lawrence and the ocean will continue to rise over the next several years. This phenomenon has great implications for the management of riverbanks and maritime communities. The construction of retaining walls on river banks leaves little room for biodiversity. The protection of biodiversity and habitats necessitates the removal of structures located near the banks. The Green Party of Quebec is committed, if elected, to manage the banks with diligence, respecting biodiversity and taking into account the reality of climate change.
A Green government will also commit to launching a program of strategic retreats in the Gaspésie, Haut-Saint-Laurent and Côte-Nord regions. This measure will target the retreat of existing infrastructures, but also ecosystems.