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Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement

Québec Adopts Water Conservation and Efficiency Objectives

Under the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement, Québec has adopted a set of Water Conservation and Efficiency Objectives.

These 15 objectives were grouped according to five broader goals that affect various aspects of efficient water use and conservation:

  • Goal 1 – Foster long-term sustainable water use that takes ecosystem integrity and varied water uses into account
  • Goal 2 – Adopt and implement a supply and demand management approach that takes into account the expected impact of climate change
  • Goal 3 – Implement monitoring measures for water conservation and efficiency programs
  • Goal 4 – Promote scientific research, technological development, and knowledge acquisition
  • Goal 5 – Develop education programs, information sharing networks, resources, and tools to mobilize all water stakeholders and users

Adopting these Water Conservation and Efficiency Objectives will provide the government with a platform to coordinate and support the initiatives of the various government ministries involved.

Goals et des Objectives

Orientations Objectives
Goal 1: Foster long-term sustainable water use that takes ecosystem health and varied water uses into account

Objective 1:  Review existing laws and enact new legislation as needed (An Act to affirm the Collective Nature of Water Resources and Provide for Increased Water Resource Protection, adopted June 11, 2009)

Objective 2: Promote efforts to maintain adequate water quantity and quality to ensure ecosystem integrity
Objective 3: Encourage all water stakeholders and users to adopt best practices to ensure long-term water uses
Goal 2: Adopt and implement a supply and demand management approach that takes into account the expected impacts of climate change

Objective 4: Take into account the impact of climate change on water supply and demand

Objective 5: Accurately measure the amount of water withdrawn, consumed, and disposed of in Québec. (Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the declaration of water withdrawals, adopted June 2011)
Objective 6: Promote reduced water use in the residential, industrial, commercial, institutional, and agricultural sectors (An initiative to help us meet this objective: MAMROT’s Québec Strategy for Drinking Water Conservation, released March 2011)
Goal 3: Implement monitoring measures for water conservation and efficiency programs

Objective 7: Develop a process to evaluate whether objectives are being met

Objective 8: Make monitoring a source of new knowledge and know-how for Agreement signatories and all other water stakeholders and users
Goal 4: Promote scientific research, technological development, and knowledge acquisition

Objective 9: Support research efforts on the impacts of water conservation and efficiency measures

Objective 10: Foster research partnerships, multidisciplinary research, and other cooperation activities
Objective 11: Encourage the development of innovative water technologies (An initiative that will help meet this objective: A development strategy for Québec's environmental and green technology industry by MDEIE, MDDEP, and MRNF, released May 2008)
Goal 5: Develop education programs, information sharing networks, resources and tools to mobilize all water stakeholders and users

Objective 12: Make water stakeholders and users more aware of the value of water (An initiative that will help meet this objective: Regulation Respecting Charges Payable for the Use of Water)

Objective 13: Make information on water resources, water quality, aquatic ecosystems, and the various uses of water more accessible to all water stakeholders and users (To this end Québec created the Bureau des connaissances sur l’eau in 2008)
Objective 14: Ensure that water stakeholders and users have access to water conservation and efficiency tools (An initiative that will help meet this objective: Guide de gestion des eaux pluviales, released February 2011)
Objective 15: Recognize exemplary water conservation and efficiency actions by water stakeholders and users in the various sectors targeted by the Agreement

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