Val-des-Monts Integrated Watershed Management Project

The Federation of Lakes of Val-des-Monts has put forward its most ambitious project for the protection and improvement of lake water quality in the Val-des-Monts area. The Val-des-Monts Integrated Watershed Management Project (PGLVDM) is a study of all the accessible and inhabited lakes of the Rivière Blanche watershed in Val-des-Monts with a view to create a Water Master Plan (PDE).

The characterization report of the shoreline of 35 lakes in the western portion of the Blanche River watershed: Rapport de caractérisation de la bande riveraine is available in French here.

The report on the water quality of the lakes of the Rivière Blanche Ouest watershed in Val-des-Monts:  Le Rapport sur la qualité de l'eau des lacs is available in French here.

The Val-des-Monts Integrated Watershed Management Project (PGLVDM)

Several factors have prompted the Federation to take the lead in using the integrated watershed management strategy. First, it was desirable to set up a project that could benefit all the lakes in the Val-des-Monts area. In addition, it was considered necessary to have a project to deal with all the problems related to water resources, such as pollution, premature eutrophication of lakes, blue-green algae, reforestation of the banks, the presence of invasive species, beaver management, precarious species, recreational tourism activities, agriculture, wastewater in isolated dwellings, etc. It is also with a view to offering support and assistance to all water users and particularly the next generations that the Federation is joining forces in such a project.

Lakes inventories are mainly about water quality (physico-chemistry and transparency), riverbank characterization, identification and location of invasive aquatic grass beds, identification of fauna and flora (including threatened species), indices of beaver presence, characterization of tributaries and outfalls (watercourses) and characterization of major culverts linked to a body of water .

In 2015, Mélanie Renaud, the Federation Coordinator, accompanied by Virginie LePape, a student in bio-ecology, carried out the characterization of the lakes Bonin, Truite Maigre, Eau Claire, McGregor, Baie Mud, Barnes, Hardwood, Gilmour, Twins, Létourneau  and Perdrix.

It should be noted that in 2012 Marion Loubière was hired by the France Student Bursary Program and the Franco-Jeunesse Office for a period of 12 weeks during the summer season to participate, among other things, in the PGLVDM and do the inventory of 12 lakes with the coordinator. The lakes : Lac du Marbre, Clair, Newcombe, Bran Scie, Champeau, Bois Franc, Achigan, Galipeau, de l’Écluse, Huot, Petit Huot, Brassard were inventoried in 2012.

In 2014, Caroline Lemire, an environmental student from Laval University of Québec, was hired for a 7-week period through the Canada Summer Jobs program to participate in the PGLVDM and conduct an inventory of five lakes with the Coordinator. McGlashan, Girard, Vert, Grand and Dam lakes have been inventoried and the team has also returned to do a physicochemical water test on six (6) lakes, McArthur, Marbre, Huot, Petit Huot, de l'Écluse and Bois franc.

In 2013, Julien Drevet was also hired through the French student exchange program and the Franco-Jeunesse Office for a period of 12 weeks during the summer season to accompany the coordinator and participate in the PGLVDM. Lakes Lachaine, Robinson, Claude, McMullin, St-Pierre, Lockhart and McArthur were included in the study and were characterized during 2013. In addition, the team returned to the locations of the following seven (7) lakes: Clair, Champeau, Achigan, Brassard, Galipeau, Newcombe and Bran scie to test for physico-chemistry of water.