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Environment and sustainable development reponsible : May Landry - mlandry@cantondegore.qc.ca - (450) 562.2025 extension 3532

  • Ecoloan program 2023-2025

    A few years ago, the municipality set up an Écoloan program to help residents replace their septic system. The program had been a great success, but several people had not been able to participate. The municipality has therefore decided to relaunch the program, optimizing and readjusting the eligibility criteria. The complete text of the by-law for the program can be found HERE (In French only). 

    The program is intended for all owners of residences on the territory of the municipality. With the Ecoloan program, the municipality offers financial assistance in the form of a repayable loan for all costs related to the characterization study, the production of plans, the purchase of compliant sanitary infrastructure and the installation work of said structures by a contractor holding the required license. The costs of work carried out by the plumber and/or electrician are also eligible, if necessary.

    To benefit from the program, you must apply for eligibility by completing a Request form.

    Here is the table presenting the loan percentages granted according to the annual family income and the value of the property:


  • Funding for cloth diapers

    Disposable diapers represent the 3rd most important waste sent to our landfill sites, which symbolizes more than 60,000 tons of material annually. The arrival of new families in our Municipality implies the addition of little residents who use diapers. Many municipalities throughout Quebec offer subsidies to help families with newborns to purchase cloth diapers. We are therefore offering a $100 contribution to help young families (permanent residents) to purchase cloth diapers for a newborn (-12 months).

    From an economic point of view, cloth diapers are a major investment for families. Most cloth diapers are priced between 20$ and 40$ per diaper. A set of 20 diapers (recommended) can therefore reach +/- $600. Disposable diapers can cost up to 2100$ per child for 2 years. Cloth diapers are therefore a reasonable and economical investment in the long term. If only one child benefits, the diapers can also be resold if they are still in good condition.

    If a small family member could benefit from this program, you can fill out the Reusable diaper application form or come directly at Town Hall.

  • Grant - Reusable personal hygiene products

    Grants for personal hygiene products

    In 2021, the Municipality set up a subsidy program to encourage the purchase of washable diapers, available to all permanent residents who have welcomed a new little citizen during the year. With a view to reducing waste and ecological transition, we have decided to offer financial assistance for the purchase of personal hygiene products. In a lifetime, a person will use more than 7,000 disposable hygiene products made of plastic and petroleum by-products, which represents more than 771 million of these products landfilled annually. Reducing waste at source therefore makes it possible to limit the transport of residual materials, which also reduces the emission of greenhouse gases, a major contributor to climate change. We therefore offer a grant of up to $100 per permanent address who meets the following eligibility criteria:

    1- Proof of permanent residence;

    2- Invoice for hygiene products;

    3- The purchase must be made within the last 12 months;

    4- Only one grant per resident;

    We also encourage purchases from Quebec retailers and manufacturers. Products eligible for the subsidy are:

    1- Menstrual cups;

    2- Washable absorbent panties;

    3- Sanitary towels and washable panty liners;

    4- Reusable toilet paper;

    5- Reusable tissues;

    6- Transport pouches for hygiene products reusable.

    The application form is available here. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the environment department at mlandry@cantondegore.qc.ca.

  • Municipal Boat Launch and cleaning station

    Summary of the rules of use of the Municipal Boat Launch at Lake Barron

    In order to have access to Lake Barron, you must complete the Request Form. Subsequently, you can either come to the municipal office in person or send this completed form, accompanied by a check for the required amount, to the Municipality by mail. If done by mail, we will send you your boat sticker by mail. Boats must be cleaned before launching and a proof of washing (photo) must be provided. A free and self-service washing station is available at the municipal chalet. 

    To obtain the access code you will need to contact the municipal office at 450-562-2025 during working hours. The access code will then be given to you after washing confirmation. 

    EXCERPTS FROM MUNICIPAL BY-LAW NO 195 ON ACCESS TO LAKE BARRON 
     

    • No one may have access to the municipal BOAT LAUNCH for the launching of a motorized boat unless he has previously obtained an access permit or daily pass and without affixing the sticker at the specified place . A limit of two (2) annual access permits is imposed per civic address.
    • Only shoreline owners can obtain ANNUAL ACCESS PERMITS
    • Day passes can be obtained by Gore residents and non-residents on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays and National Patriots' Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

    2023 TARIFFS


    Thank you for your collaboration and we wish you an excellent boating season!


       


  • Eurasian milfoil

    Eurasian milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) is an invasive aquatic plant native to Europe, Asia and northern Africa. It grows under water and produces emergent flower spikes. It can form dense meadows at depths ranging from one to ten meters. Its stems reach the surface when it grows to less than five meters deep. It forms a dense canopy on the surface of the water (source: MDELCC, website)

    Here is a short guide produced by the CRE Laurentides to avoid an invasion:

    guide_myriophylle_AN.pdf

  • Eutrophication

    Eutrophication is defined as the natural phenomenon related to the increasing the productivity of a water body. The natural evolution of a lake is usually very slow and takes place on a geological scale. On the other hand, this process can be accelerated with the anthropic pressures which then lead to the premature aging of the water body.

    The main cause of eutrophication of water bodies is nutrient intake, mainly phosphorus and nitrogen. The presence of these elements, whose impacts are also felt on the wildlife community, accentuates the significant growth of algae and aquatic plants in the water column as well as in the shallower waters. In fact, the increase in plant populations induces a change in the faunal species present, thus modifying the interspecific relationships between living organisms. In relation to these changes, the increase in these relationships enhances lake productivity, leading to eutrophication.

    Decreased water transparency, decreased depth, increased temperature, and decreased dissolved oxygen are the direct consequences of eutrophication on the environment. The body of water is gradually changing and this change in the ecosystem is causing changes in the dynamics of wildlife and plant populations. Eutrophication also increases the risk of proliferation of cyanobacteria. For water users, all this translates into loss of recreational use, loss of the aesthetic value of the environment and even loss of value of properties.

    Eutrophication is a complex process linking many living and non-living components of the aquatic ecosystem. In any case, the accelerated and artificial increase of the water body is due to human activities and uses.

    Main potential causes:

    • Anthropogenic inputs of nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen;
    • Sediment inputs from erosion sites or other sediment entrainment sources;
    • Intensive development along the lakes and artificialisation of the banks.
  • Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)

    For a long time, they were called blue-green algae, refusing to consider them as bacteria. Unlike other bacteria, they contain chlorophyll and draw their energy from sunlight. Their common name for blue-green algae comes from the fact that the first identified cyanobacteria were blue-green in color. However, this is not the case for all cyanobacteria: some are olive green or dark green, others are even more violet.

    In recent years, an increasing number of Quebec lakes have had to be closed to swimming and boating because of the proliferation of cyanobacteria. The consequences in humans are of the cutaneous order, but they can also have significant impacts for the liver and the digestive system if the contaminated water is swallowed. If you suspect that you have been in contact with toxins and have these symptoms, rinse your skin and see a doctor immediately.

    For the average homeowner, the main home is the largest investment of his life. Lakeside residents are certainly the most directly threatened by the proliferation of cyanobacteria.

    It is also important to report the presence of cyanobacteria on any body of water near your municipality.

  • Lakes and Watersheds

    Shorelines report - 2023

    Shoreline report 2023.pdf

    During the summer of 2023, the Municipality of the Township of Gore’s team of  environmental inspectors carried out nearly 170 shoreline inspections. Their main objective was  to prioritize lakefront properties that had not been visited in recent years. We hope that this report will help to raise awareness among Gore citizens about the importance of shoreline compliance, while improving our understanding of the quality and value of shorelines in the  various sectors of the territory.

    Surface water analysis results for the Municipality of the Township of Gore2022

    Climate change and its impacts are major for our society and the coming years will be decisive for the future of our resources and environment. One resource that is essential to our survival and that of our ecosystem is water. A little less than 1% of all drinking water is represented by lakes in our environment (Beeton, A.M., 2002). Lakes are critically important for ecosystems, biodiversity, transportation, agriculture and recreation. There are over 300 lakes and water bodies in Gore Township, of which 36 are named. A total of 13 lakes of interest are considered important for nearby residential development and recreational activities. A complex network of streams and wetlands connects all these lakes to form a large and diverse watershed. The water bodies are an incredible asset to the municipalities, but unfortunately, they are directly affected by major changes in the surrounding area, including residential and commercial development. Anthropogenic pressures directly affect the ecological value of the water bodies and the surrounding area, but also the property value of the surrounding buildings. Various actions are taken annually to ensure the quality of the natural environment and its conservation and protection. The Environmental Policy of the Municipality of the Township of Gore emphasizes several points related to the quality of surface water, notably the axis on the protection of lakes and watersheds which is defined as follows:


    • Control and observe the presence of harmful bacteriological species in water bodies.
    • Raise awareness about excessive nutrient inputs (phosphorus, nitrogen, etc.).
    • Reduce and control erosion and sediment transport towards water bodies.
    • Eliminate sources of chemical contamination (pesticides, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, etc.).
    • Slow the process of eutrophication and the accelerated aging of lakes.
    • Reduce and control anthropogenic pressures that threaten the integrity of the hydric environment.

    In 2004, the Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques et des Parcs (MELCCFP) founded the Réseau de Surveillance Volontaire des Lacs (RSVL). A partnership with the Ministry and independent lake associations was created to ensure the monitoring of the quality of lakes and the acquisition of knowledge for their protection. For several years now, the lake associations have taken the health of their lakes very seriously and have actively participated in the RSVL program. In addition, it is essential for the Municipality to apply the provincial regulation in force on the disposal of wastewater from septic installations (R.R.Q., c. Q-2, r.22).

    Monitoring is essential due to the number of older installations that may show a reduced efficiency of their filtering potential. In order to improve our knowledge of the quality of the surface water of the territory, we decided to add data collection points and to focus on the streams and the various tributaries of our lakes. Here are the results obtained for our 3rd consecutive year of analysis.
    The analyses are performed by an accredited laboratory, H2Lab, located in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts. Two sampling rounds have been conducted for the year 2022.

  • Septic systems

    Proper maintenance of your septic system is extremely important for your family and your fellow residents, but it is even more important considering the direct impact it has on the water quality of the Gore watershed. A simple defect can have consequences far beyond the mere cost of repairs.

    Sewage leaks from a non-conforming septic system promote the growth of algae and vegetation and a lower index of oxygen dissolution. Your facility may leak nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrates, whose presence significantly enhances the proliferation of cyanobacteria. The improper operation of the facility also promotes the development of harmful bacteria, protozoa and viruses that can contaminate groundwater, streams and lakes, and exposes the public to the multiple risks of direct contact with water. waste.

    Regular maintenance is the most effective way to prevent the risk of breakage of any septic system.

    The Provincial by-law requires all the owners to empty the septic tank:

    • every two (2) years for full-time residents,
    • every four (4) years for part-time residents.

    A copy of the emptying bill must be submitted to the Municipality.

    Here's what you can do more:

    • Monitor your septic field regularly, paying attention to soft soil, liquid reflux, odors and soil compaction.
    • Regularly monitor the plumbing (sinks, toilets, showers) to prevent leakage.
    • Operate appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, and faucets, one at a time.
    • Wait a few hours between the loads, and make only full loads.
    • Direct all drains from the entrance, roof and deck away from the leaching field.
    • Avoid additives for septic tanks that are superfluous and have no impact on the frequency of emptying. In addition, these substances pass into the field of purification and are inevitably found in our streams and lakes.
    • Avoid the use of waste crushers. They generate a high level of organic solids in the soil favorable to the proliferation of bacteria and other undesirable micro-organisms.
    • Avoid using products to kill bacteria, as it also causes damage to the organic components essential to the proper functioning of the septic system:
          
      • antibiotics (which kill bacteria)
      • household cleaners that contain bleach, acids or disinfectants;
      • polishing products;
      • caustic products;


    • Avoid products whose labels mention health risks such as ingestion and contact with the skin;
    • Never throw grease or oil into your drain;
    • Avoid all products such as phosphate and nitrates found in many household detergents. They contribute directly to the hatching of cyanobacteria and prevent an adequate dissolution of oxygen in the basin;
    • Never dispose of cigarette filters, sanitary napkins or other inorganic solids in the toilet.

    Here are some alternatives to toxic cleaners:

    • Soap: Choose phosphate-free and non-toxic products
    • Scouring powder: baking soda;
    • Fiberglass cleaner: Baking soda paste;
    • Floor Cleaner: A cup of vinegar in five liters of water;
    • Glass cleaner: One cup of vinegar and a cup of warm water;
    • Copper cleaner: Lemon juice and salt;
    • Brass Cleaner: Worcestershire sauce or a dough made of salt, vinegar and water in equal parts. rinse;
    • Chrome cleaner: Clean with apple cider vinegar, polish with baby oil;
    • To unclog the drains: Pour vinegar and baking soda into the drain. Finish with boiling water;
    • To remove mildew: equal parts: lemon juice or vinegar and salt;
    • To clean wood: Three parts olive oil and one part white vinegar.

    Your septic system may be defective even if it seems to be working well. A well-maintained system is designed to last from 20 to 30 years. Breakdowns are frequently caused by soil saturation surrounding the system by organic plant deposition, but several other factors can lead to premature failure of a septic system:

    • Pipes blocked or damaged by roots;
    • Saturation of the soil by abundant rains;
    • Broken tiles;
    • Poorly located, poorly designed or installed installation;
    • Poorly maintained installation.

    The following are symptoms of malfunctioning a septic system:

    • Smell of rotten eggs indoors or outdoors;
    • Discharge of sewage into the toilet or bath drains;
    • Sewage seepage over the leaching field;
    • Sound gurgles in the plumbing system;
    • Pale green grass above the leaching field;
    • A self-test is available free of charge at the Municipality office for all registered taxpayers.

    Here's what to do in case of breakage:

    • Contact our municipal inspectors, Jérôme Mercier or Geneviève Dubuc, immediately at 450 562-2025. They will advise you immediately on what steps to take;
    • Have your system inspected to determine the cause of the breakage. Fix the problem to prevent future breakage;
    • Have your system repaired without delay. You are required by law. Note that the municipality will take the necessary actions in case of negligence or refusal to cooperate. 
       
  • Natural Landspace

    2013-2017 strategic plan for the protection and enhancement of natural environments

    The Municipality of the Township of Gore is known for the quality of its natural landscape. Apart from certain particular sectors that have experienced significant residential development, most of the territory remains in its natural state. Mountains, forests and wetlands provide residents of Gore with an exceptional living environment.

    As a whole, natural environments provide a multitude of goods and services for society. Whether through its supply of goods, its regulatory services, the quality of its landscapes or the sense of belonging they create among residents, the natural environment is of great socio-environmental value.

    In any case, many pressures on these environments threaten their integrity and their functions and, by the same token, the goods and services they render to the community. The challenges of managing natural environments are multiple and deal with all problems and stakeholders.

    In the face of these management challenges, the Municipality of the Canton of Gore will have, through this Strategic Plan, means to achieve the sustainable development targets it has set in terms of protection and enhancement of natural environments. The orientations, the objectives and the actions proposed in this Strategic Plan will allow the municipality as well as the actors to improve the conditions of the current situation of the community, while respecting the limits of the natural environment, so as to protect the quality of life and the quality of the environment for present and future generations.

    The Strategic Plan for the protection and enhancement of natural environments is put in place to achieve the desired situation in the aquatic environment:

    • Protect the integrity of ecosystems and preserve biodiversity;
    • Preserve fragile environments and exceptional elements;
    • Promote the development of green spaces through recreational activities, the interpretation of ecology and the sharing of knowledge.

    The strategy implemented aims to achieve the following results:

    • Achieve a level of conservation equivalent to 30% of the municipality's territory in protected natural areas;
    • Achieving a level of conservation equivalent to 10% of the municipality's territory in protected wetlands;
    • Preserve large massifs of natural environments;
    • Preserve a variety of ecosystem types and habitats;
    • Limit fragmentation in protected natural environments;
    • Establish conservation corridors to create a network of protected natural environments;
    • Establish a variety of recreational activities to enhance the natural environment;
    • Establish programs of information, education and interpretation of natural environments.

    Keeping in mind the main environmental targets, the strategy proposes a management framework based on the following objectives:

    Prioritize an overall vision in situation analysis, decision making and solution identification;

    • Coordinate the acquisition of knowledge between the various actors of the environment;
    • Inform, educate and educate community stakeholders about natural environments, problems and their roles in conservation and development;
    • Establish and implement an effective regulatory framework;
    • To concoct the interests and the concerns of the actors of the environment in order to avoid the conflicts and to establish a compromise of use of the natural environments.

    The Voluntary Conservation and Private Land Stewardship Program is a program of the Strategic Plan for the Protection and Enhancement of Natural Habitats of the Municipality of the Township of Gore. It groups together all actions focusing on voluntary conservation on private lands.

    The program is designed specifically for large property owners with a strong interest in protecting and enhancing the natural attributes of their properties.

    In this sense, the main objective of the program is to involve the owners of the Township of Gore in the preservation and enhancement of natural environments on their property. The specific objectives of the program are:

    • To acquire new knowledge on the components of the natural environment;
    • Inform and educate the owners about the issues of the natural environment and their role in their protection;
    • Reconcile the interests and uses of the owners with the objectives of preservation and enhancement of the natural environment.

    As part of this program, the Municipality offers its services to meet the owners, visit their property, discuss the attributes of interest for preservation and propose conservation options that meet the needs of each. The program also aims to sign a personalized conservation agreement between the owners and the Municipality.