What is it?
Your property may contain a wetland or be adjacent to one. Wetlands are lands that are temporarily or permanently waterlogged, such as ponds, swamps, and bogs.
Contrary to long-held beliefs, wetlands provide many services. For example, they:
Therefore, since 2017, all field work likely to affect these environments must be approved by your municipality, your regional county municipality (RCM) or the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC). In the agricultural environment, this includes drainage work, field expansion and the construction of a livestock building or a passageway, among others.
Before starting field work, An Act respecting the conservation of wetlands and bodies of water requires that you characterize your wetland. This implies that our team:
What’s in it for me?
In the long run, you benefit from protecting wetlands near your property. Not only does this allow you to comply with the law, but it also allows you to better regulate the flow of water through your fields.
More generally, protecting wetlands helps the environment withstand climate change. In the long run this promotes good soil health.
Our biologists can help you identify or characterize a wetland. They will ensure that your drainage, land extension and construction work will comply with the law and will affect the precious wetlands as little as possible.