The Province of New Brunswick has presented a draft of its water strategy for the next 10 years. Environmentalists say it’s a step in the right direction, but we need to go further.
Rémi Donelle has been dedicated to protecting the watershed of Shediac Bay for many years. After reading the government’s draft water strategy, a 20-page document available online, he believes the initiative was necessary.
“That’s for sure, that document, the first thing is,” It was time! ” It’s something that other provinces already had and it’s a little surprising that we did not have one, “he says.
But by taking a closer look, Rémi Donelle says the document lacks details.
Paul Belliveau, a citizen who has long campaigned for the protection of the Petitcodiac River, is of the same opinion: the government’s initiative is laudable, but it is not yet precise enough on how it will unfold on the ground .
“In other words, we say we will ensure that the quality of the water, we will protect it. But what do we protect her from? He wonders. Paul Belliveau also mentioned that the plan has no real timetable.
He believes that the environment has been abused for many, many years. According to him, the time has come to do much more to protect the river for as long. “I do not think it’s there right now. ”
At present, there is no guidance for environmental groups working with the government to measure water quality or protect vulnerable areas. In addition, these organizations rely on annual grants, which makes long-term forecasting difficult.