What is it?
Any watercourse on your farm must absolutely be bordered by a riparian buffer. It’s the law. These vegetated areas protect Quebec’s precious waterways by acting as a buffer between the land and water environments.
Legally, riparian buffers are governed by the Protection Policy for Lakeshores, Riverbanks, Littoral Zones and Floodplains, a policy that stems from the Environment Quality Act. The Policy requires that these vegetated areas be at least three metres wide, although some municipalities require that they be even wider.
You are free to choose the vegetation that makes up your riparian buffer. Many growers turn it into a wasteland by simply letting grasses grow on it. However, adding shrubs to your buffer increases its durability and biodiversity. This is the type of riparian buffer that we offer and that is subsidized by the Prime-Vert program.
What’s in it for me?
In addition to protecting waterways, riparian buffers provide many advantages and environmental services. For example, they :
- Reduce soil erosion
- Slow runoff and therefore minimizing loss of soil and nutrients
- Host a wide variety of animals, insects and plants, which encourages the presence of pollinators and other organisms beneficial to your crops
The Prime-Vert program finances the establishment of shrubby and extended riparian buffers.
We offer you a complete turnkey service, from the estimate to the maintenance of your riparian buffer, including planting. During the project, our agrologists and biologists will also guide you towards the best options for you, depending on your soil types or drainage quality.