Protecting the St. Lawrence is a concern for those communities dependent on it. Sixty percent (60%) of Quebec’s population lives on the shores of the St. Lawrence, which provides 45% of the population’s drinking water. Through ZIP committees (zones d’intervention prioriaires, or areas of primary concern), communities can get involved while working within the framework of the St. Lawrence Action Plan, a program of the Canadian and Quebec governments.
The chief objective of the ZIP committees is to identify priorities in terms of protecting, restoring, preserving and developing uses and resources for their respective sectors of the St. Lawrence, in a manner consistent with sustainable development. ZIP committees are considerably dependent on local communities to carry out their initiatives. They are therefore responsible for:
- Identifying the intervention priorities for their region;
- Establishing an Environmental Remedial Action Plan (ERAP) to determine the measures to take as a function of the priorities identified during consultations;
- Implementing the ERAP that facilitates community involvement in order to complete concrete projects.
Implementing the ERAP that facilitates community involvement in order to complete concrete projects.
- Comité Rive Nord de l’estuaire (north shore of estuary)
- Comité Côte-Nord du golfe (north shore of gulf)
- Comité des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (Magdalen Islands)
- Comité Saguenay
- Comité Baie-des-Chaleurs (Chaleur Bay)
- Comité Sud-de-l’estuaire (southern estuary)
To view the list of Quebec ZIP committees, visit the website of Stratégies Saint-Laurent, the non-profit organization that oversees them.