Groundwater study aims to ‘deepen our knowledge’
Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois, along with Vaudreuil MNAYvon Marcoux, recently announced a study of the groundwater in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region.
The study, for which the province has promised close to $200,000, was announced by the pair on behalf of Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environ- ment and Parks.
In a press release, the MNAs point to the region’s unique groundwater challenges, never more evident than nowwhen water levels are at alarmingly low levels and which has prompted many municipalities to issue allout water bans on such things as watering plants and flowers with hoses, washing cars, filling swimming pools, and more.
The funding announcement, which also acknowledges the challenges the region faces “including the reconciliation of agricultural activities,” points to the need to preserve “our precious water resources.”
The aim of the groundwater study is to allow the province “to obtain an accurate picture of the situation to take the best decisions in the best interests of the population,” according to the press release.
Researchers from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the École polytechnique de Montréal will conduct the study that will cover an 814-square kilometer area of the region that is home to 137,000 people. A population increase was noted as one reason for the need for the study.
The total amount of funds allotted to the study is $195,108. The funds come from the Programme d’acquisition de connaissances sur les eaux souterraines, or PACES.
The study will correspond to the “Quebec portion of the 19 watersheds that drain into the Ottawa River, into the Lake of Two Mountains, the St.Lawrence River and Lake Saint-François,” the press release noted.
In a written statement, the minister acknowledged that water is not the abundant and limitless resource people once thought it was.
“Wenowknowthat wemust do everything to preserve this precious heritage,” Arcand said in the press release.
He believes the best was to preserve water is to “deepen our knowledge.” PACES was created for this reason, he added.
The study of the groundwater of 80 percent of municipalities in Southern Québec is expected to take up to three years to complete.
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