EPERLAB Project: A collective effort to study and restore Rivière Boyer

Aubert Michaud, researcher

Aubert Michaud

Researcher

418 643-2380
ext 690

Contact Aubert Michaud
Luc Belzile, researcher

Luc Belzile

Project manager

418 643-2380
ext 630

Contact Luc Belzile

Description

Local agricultural stakeholders will collaborate with researchers and the regional and municipal governments to restore the rainbow smelt spawning grounds at the mouth of Rivière Boyer on the St. Lawrence River. The research team will provide the participants with a set of diagnostic spatial reference tools to assess diffuse emissions of sediment and phosphorus linked to runoff and erosion processes that affect croplands and waterways. This pilot project initiative includes an economic assessment component focused on helping farmers change their cropping systems and document the associated costs.

Objective(s)

This project will spearhead three priority actions designed to

  • support changes to cropping systems that minimize soil exposure during the critical runoff period (November to April);
  • develop spreading methods that facilitate the incorporation of farm fertilizers, so as to avoid excess sediment enrichment and phosphorus runoff, and
  • encourage the development and use of farmlands and waterways (hydro-agriculture management) in ways that minimize riverbank and waterway erosion.

2019

Project duration

Field crops

Activity areas

Ecosystem protection, Water protection

Services

Up until the 1980's, Rivière Boyer had the largest rainbow smelt spawning grounds in the southern portion of the St. Lawrence estuary.

Partners

Concordia University | Université Laval | Organisme des Bassins Versants de la Côte-du-Sud

This may interest you

iPad
2015-2017 • Field crops

Economic cost of herbicide resistance in weeds found in field crops

The aim of the project was to estimate the economic impact of herbicide resistance in weeds.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

Read more about the project

Luc Belzile
Soya
2017-2019 • Field crops

Economic analysis of planting flower strips along soybean fields

Economic analysis of using flower strips around soybean fields to serve as a reservoir for aphid species attacked by Pandora neoaphidis.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

Read more about the project

Luc Belzile
Canola
2016-2019 • Field crops

Impact of manure management and tillage practices on water quality and safety in canola and wheat

Canola and wheat (wheat-corn-canola rotation) were planted in 2016 and 2017, respectively, on 12 experimental plots with tillage practices on the main plots (minimum tillage and chisel plow) and fertilization methods (mineral fertilizers, 25 m3/ha of pig manure and 50 m3/ha of pig manure) in the subplots.

Read more about the project

Caroline Côté
Marc-Olivier Gasser