Montreal - October 21st, 2017
More and more Montrealers want to regain access to the shorelines. Even though water quality has greatly improved in Montreal over the last few years, a bigger issue remains: overflows continue to happen during heavy rains. Valérie Plante, mayoral candidate, promises to improve Montreal’s water quality by building three retention ponds. These ponds were supposed to have been completed in 2015, but construction has not yet started. Projet Montréal’s leader also commits to more transparency regarding the transmission of water quality data. For that matter, Projet Montréal will continue its greening initiatives, which help with water retention and lower the risk of overflows. She made this commitment accompanied by concerned citizens interested in improving Montreal’s water quality.
- Projet Montréal promises to improve Montreal’s water quality.
- In order to do so, Projet Montréal will build three retention ponds. These ponds were supposed to have been completed in 2015, but construction has not yet started.
- The retention ponds in question are: Lavigne (Ahuntsic-Cartierville), Leduc (Saint-Laurent) and William (Le Sud-Ouest). The loan by-laws have already been approved by city council.
- These retention ponds will lower the risks of overflows happening in the St. Lawrence River and the Rivière des Prairies during heavy rains because wastewater treatment plants are unable to treat such a large quantity of water in so little time. Projet Montréal will also continue its greening initiative in the boroughs, like green roofs, green alleys and green curb extensions.
- By eliminating overflows, Montreal’s water quality will improve significantly.
- Projet Montréal also commits to more transparency regarding the transmission of water quality data, in order to share this information more quickly and efficiently with Montrealers. That way, a warning could be issued quickly when an overflow happens and threatens water quality.
“The Flushgate scandal, during which the city dumped 4.9 billion litres of sewage in the St. Lawrence River, has been a wake-up call for Montrealers, who want more measures to improve their water quality. We must take concrete steps in order to regain access to the shorelines and allow families and outdoor enthusiasts to engage in nautical activities. We have to accelerate the construction of retention ponds, improve transparency regarding the transmission of water quality data and increase greening initiatives. Improving our water quality should be a priority. Montrealers should be able to enjoy the fact that their city is situated on an island.” — Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and mayoral candidate
"The shorelines belong to Montrealers who, increasingly, want to regain control of them, as evidenced by the tens of thousands of people who visit the beaches at parc Jean-Drapeau, Cap-Saint-Jacques and the Quai de l’horloge. It is time to accelerate the construction of retention ponds in order to enable other beach and aquatic activity projects. We also have to increase the availability of water quality data to inform Montrealers and encourage them to enjoy our rivers. — Maude Brouillette, founder of a grassroots group to improve water quality in the St. Lawrence River