Shoreline Study by the RAPPEL

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The goal of this project is to identify the sources of erosion in the areas surrounding the river (ditch drainage, badly maintained culverts, etc) with the aim of making planning recommendations.

This stage of the study constitutes a necessary, preliminary establishment of a long term strategic plan to take root in the territory of the communities: the basic citizen participation responsible for elaborating a project for sustainable development. Focus on the re-vegetation of the river banks which contribute primarily to maintaining an optimal quality of the ecosystem of the Chateauguay River.


  • Identify and characterize the erosion sites (geographical co-ordinates of each area of erosion, photograph the sites, general features of the water course, physical characteristics, types of erosion, soil, vegetation)
  • Identify the sites where there is litter to pick up and those which present signs of contamination.
  • Make recommendations for planning and identifying the nature of the corrections and develop a code of priorities for rehabilitation or a re-vegetation of the river banks.


These activities can be a catalyst to unite the stakeholders of different communities. They celebrate the importance of recognizing and respecting the necessary vitality of the Chateauguay River through voluntary and concrete gestures today and tomorrow. These projects offer opportunities to all stakeholders to inscribe their environmental efforts in the perspective of Agenda 21 and sustainable development.

They are the tools of evaluation and to follow the evolution of the perception of the collective implication on the banks of the river. They furnish the clean and measurable criteria that can be used to show other means of protection for the Chateauguay River.

Finally this project nourishes the creativity and the favourable collective vision to discover and implement a renewed strategy of preventative measures. A long term strategy is indispensable for continuing to maintain the collective heritage which the Chateauguay River represents in a sustainable development perspective.

Map showing pollution

Presented at the public audience office on the environment on the sustainable development of pork production in Quebec

St. Hyacinthe, March 11, 2003

ARRC - Les Amis et Riverains de la Rivière Châteauguay - © 2012