What is the My Clean Beach program ?
The My Clean Beach program was initiated by the Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l’Estuaire, which still coordinates the saltwater section of the program. The Comité ZIP Ville-Marie joined the program later and has adapted the initial toolkit, developed for the saltwater zone of the St. Lawrence River, to freshwater ecosystems. Some new tools have also been added. It is the Comité ZIP Ville-Marie that coordinates the freshwater section of the program.
The goals of the My Clean Beach program are to encourage citizens to organize cleanups and to get them involved in early detection of riparian issues.
|We aim to:|
|Increase the sense of responsibility of communities toward their shoreline habitats;|
|Educate and raise community awareness regarding shoreline habitats, their importance and problems that affect them|
|Demonstrate to communities the advantages of protecting shoreline habitats.|
This project is realized, in part, with the help of a contribution from the Community Interaction Program. Financing for this joint program with the St. Lawrence Plan—For a Sustainable Development is shared between Environment Canada and Quebec's ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs. Fisheries and Oceans Canada also provided technical and financial support to the project.
The St. Lawrence Plan—For a Sustainable Development is managed by a Canada-Quebec cooperative agreement, whose objectives are to favour an integrated management of the St. Lawrence, to respect the environment within economic activities, to obtain the commitment of various community groups, and to achieve a clear, integrated and concerted governance of the St. Lawrence
What is the Comité ZIP Ville-Marie ?
ZIP Ville-Marie is part of a network of 14 ZIPs (“zones d’intervention prioritaire” or “areas of prime concern”) scattered along the St. Lawrence River and under the auspices of Stratégies Saint-Laurent (www.strategiessl.qc.ca).
The Comité ZIP Ville-Marie was founded in 1996 as a non-profit organization. Its mandate is to favour the integrated management and sustainable development of the St. Lawrence River and of the resources on its territory, which covers Montréal’s South Shore from Longueuil to Kahnawake and the west half of the Island of Montréal.
To learn more, visit : www.zipvillemarie.org
Coordinator of the freshwater section of the program :
Comité ZIP du Haut Saint-Laurent
Comité ZIP Jacques-Cartier
Comité ZIP Des Seigneuries
Comité ZIP du Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches