Useful websites

Développement durable, Environnement, Parcs Québec (Sustainable Development, Environment, Parks Québec)
Environment Canada
Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune

For more information on the provincial legislation for environmental protection, see the following:

Law respecting the Quality of the Environment 
Regulation respecting waste water disposal systems for isolated dwellings (Environment Quality Act) (R.S.Q., c. Q-2, ss. 20, 31, 46, 66, 70, 86, 87, 109.1 and 124.1) 

Erosion control


Definitions (including amendments to Article 10 of the Zoning By-law 01-269, By-law 08-352):

« Couverture végétale» - Plant cover Ground covered with lawn.
«Érosion» - Erosion Mechanism by which soil particles are detached and displaced from their point of origin, on ground which has been stripped by the forces of water, wind and gravity.  
« Fossé » - Ditch Trench dug in the ground to carry run-off.
« Remaniement des sols » - Reshaping of the soil All work to return to its original state, grading, excavation, excavating and filling of soil, carried out with or without machinery. 
« Sédiments » - Sediments All particles of soil such as clay, silt, sand, gravel, etc.  
«Stabilisation» - Stabilization The work that must be done on a degraded or eroded shoreline to avoid erosion, the loss of land, the collapse of a permitted existing infrastructure or any other situation caused by the movement of land towards a stretch of water.  
«Végétation naturelle» - Natural vegetation Vegetation composed of trees, shrubs with a ground cover of herbaceous plants, as listed in Appendix 8. 


Obligation to prevent erosion

Each property owner or occupant of waterfront property on a lake or watercourse has an obligation to prevent erosion of the shoreline and to ensure that the shoreline is stabilized, as the case might be.

b)  Across the entire territory

All excavation and filling work and any reworking of the soil on an area of more than 50 sq. metres (538.21 sq. ft.) and the digging of ditches are covered by the erosion control measures, except work carried out for agricultural purposes in the agricultural zone, as defined by the Law respecting the preservation of agricultural land, except for the construction of buildings and tree-cutting.

To avoid soil erosion and sediments being carried to the watercourses, the owner must put in place control or mitigation measures against erosion, from the beginning of work, until a permanent plant cover, as described in Appendix 9,  is installed.

Erosion control, sketches, Appendix 9  

For a brochure on managing the  waterfront area and installation of septic systems, see the brochure on Septic systems and renaturalizing the shoreline.

For a list of plant materials for use in renaturalizing the waterfront, see the list proposed by the Association Québecoise des Producteurs en pépinière (AAQP).  It is very important to ensure that the plants you use are indigenous and non-invasive, well adapted to this climate zone and the particular site conditions. RAPPEL also has a useful list of plants adapted to this area.


Pesticide ban

Quebec's pesticide management code came into force in April 2003, and the municipal council adopted a by-law to ban the outdoor use of pesticides in June, 2003. This is designed to preserve the quality of life, the environment and public health on our territory. These two regulations are complementary.

The Quebec pesticide management law bans the sale of products that contain the following active ingredients: Lindan, Malathion, Permethrin, Captan; as well as fertilizer-pesticide products (i.e. Weed 'n Feed) among others.

For further information, call the Coalition for alternatives to pesticides (C A P) at 1-800-214- 1214 or consult the website: www.cap-quebec.com

Article 3: The use and application of pesticides is banned throughout the entire Municipality, with the exception of swimming pools, decorative ponds and artificial ponds with no inlet or outlet. This ban does not apply to low-impact pesticides.  —  By-law 03-291

Article 4.2: The ban does not apply to parts of properties used for agricultural purposes by agricultural producers, situated more than 5 metres from the littoral of a lake or a watercourse.

Article 6.1: It is the responsibility of the landowner or tenant to ensure that warning notices are posted to inform the public that a pesticide has been applied and that all contact with the treated surface must be avoided. These notices must be located in such a way that people can read them without having to walk on the treated surface. 

Control of Zebra Mussels

By-law 01-284:  Every year,  any resident of the municipality who has a boat which he intends to use on Lake Memphremagogmust go to the town hall or Bryant's Landing to obtain a user's certificate and a stickerfor each craft anchored or being used on the lake.

To control the spread of Zebra Mussels, the boats must have been wadhed before being put in the waters of Lake Memphremagog if they have been used elsewhere. The certificate and sticker that may be obtained ay the town hall or at  Bryant's Landing are the attestation that the craft is clean.                           

For more information, consult the site of Hinterland Who's Who or Environment Canada.

March 19th, 2018
Recycling Material Pick-up
March 26th, 2018
Compost Pick-up

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