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Living Lab – Quebec

Living Lab – Quebec is located in the middle of the large watershed of Lac Saint-Pierre. Its activities mainly take place in three territories, namely the Rivière du Bois-Blanc watershed, the Rivière Pot au Beurre watershed, and a region comprising of small watersheds flowing directly into Lac Saint-Pierre, called the South Shore of Lac Sainte-Pierre watershed.

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A map of southern Quebec showing the Lac Saint-Pierre region and the location of the three watersheds where the research of Living Lab – Quebec is taking place. These watersheds include the Rivière Pot au Beurre watershed, the Rivière duBois-Blanc watershed and the South Shore of Lac Sainte-Pierre watershed. Prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Watershed boundaries by AGIR Maskinongé. Basemap courtesy of Earthstar Geographics.

Lac Saint-Pierre is a freshwater basin located in the region of the St. Lawrence Seaway between Trois-Rivières and Sorel-Tracy, which feeds several surrounding watersheds. The territory constituting its watershed measures 990,000 km2, and 14 percent of this immense area is located in Quebec. Despite its relatively small size, the Quebec portion of the watershed covers 11 administrative regions, 58 regional county municipalities and 654 municipalities.

The rich soil around Lac Saint-Pierre is ideal for agriculture. Corn and soybeans are the main crops grown on its shores, occupying about 5,000 hectares, and the land is also used for grazing livestock. The rate and magnitude of spring flooding appears to be increasing in the region, which could accelerate soil erosion and contaminate waterways. Living Lab – Quebec intends to adopt sustainable agricultural solutions adapted to the ecosystem of the Lac Saint-Pierre watersheds. Producers in the Lac Saint-Pierre region and AAFC worked with external collaborators to co-define priority issues to be targeted by innovation activities. The three priority issues that stood out were:

Research needs in livestock feeding and waste management and management of livestock effluent were also raised during these meetings.

As part of Living Lab – Quebec, research activities in Lac Saint-Pierre’s watersheds will complement those carried out over its entire coastline (its shores) by the Lac Saint-Pierre Hub of Expertise, which is funded by the Government of Quebec and led by Université Laval, McGill University and the Université du Quebec à Trois-Rivières.

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Activities

Water management

The objective is to reduce damage associated with spring flooding and low water levels in summer and fall.

Lead collaborator or Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada activities:

Cover crops

The objective is to maintain year-round plant cover to reduce erosion and maintain the physical, chemical and biological health of the soil.

Lead collaborator or Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada activities:

Riparian buffers

The objective is to minimize bank erosion and protect the integrity of the rivers that cross the agricultural landscape.

Lead collaborator or Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada activities:

Livestock feeding and waste management

The objective is to reduce the environmental impacts of animal production.

Lead collaborator or Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada activities:

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