In the near future, our river will be the object of a study of by the company Aecom. This analysis will help promote and sustain the natural habitat of Atlantic salmon and sea trout in the Saguenay.
According to Aecom, the Rivière-à-Mars is still undergoing strong sedimentary adjustments from the 1996 deluge. Although strategically-placed rip rap has stabilized the watercourse, it also has confined the stream and reduced the inflow of sediments from the banks. In the case of Rivière-à-Mars, the confinement of the flow channel has the effect of reducing sediment inputs and deepening the stream in its bed.
We obtained financial support for this innovative project from several partners. The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation has invested $20,000 and the Quebec Wildlife Foundation $12,000 for the analysis of pit 9 and $3,000 for the analysis of the water supply to the ponds. Finally, the Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks has invested $17,500 in the project.