Project

Richelieu

This project contributes to the inventory of the main regional aquifers of Canada; it aims at characterizing the aquifer system of the Richelieu, Yamaska and Missisquoi Bay watersheds. The main collaborator of this project is the INRS-ETE, who has received an important funding from the Quebec Department of Environment, within the framework of the programme " Acquisition des connaissances sur l'eau souterraine au Québec". Because the Richelieu and Bay Missisquoi basins are transboundary, a collaboration has been established with the US Geological Survey. The land area in Canada covers 9 000 km2, while the land area in the US extends over 7 500 km2. Interest in groundwater resources has increased significantly in the last years, not only because of the newly enacted Quebec regulation on groundwater withdrawals, but also due to the poor quality of surface water. About 28% of the population of this rural area, i.e. approximately 165 000 inhabitants, are supplied by groundwater. This project will improve the understanding of these aquifers, both qualitatively and quantitatively, and provide managers with data and products (maps, water budget, models) that will contribute to ensure a sustainable management of the groundwater resources. Many other collaborations have also been established with scientific partners (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, IRDA and Laval University) and local organizations (watershed associations, Conference of RM, Regional Municipalities), allowing to increased expertise and knowledge in several domains and to disseminate information to the population.
Activity periodFrom 2009-04-01 to 2014-03-31
This project studies the following aquifer system(s)
Richelieu - Yamaska