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Bibliography of the Maurice Lamontagne Institute

Alain BOURGEOIS

WALSH, G., A. BOURGEOIS (ed.), 1996. July 1996 floods in Québec : identification of potential impacts on the marine environment and freshwater habitats in the Saguenay, North Shore, and Charlevoix Regions. Can. Manuscr. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci., 2382, 20 p .

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This report provides and assessment of the potential impacts of the July 1996 floods on the marine environment and freshwater habitats in the Saguenay, North Shore and Charlevoix regions. Overall, the most impacted sectors are situated in Ha! Ha! Bay and on the various waterways in The Saguenay area. On the North Shore and in the Charlevoix region, damage to the marine environment and freshwater habitats was less severe and less widespread. The main impacts observed on the tributaries of the Saguenay consist in severe erosion of the riverbanks and riverbed, along with a mass flushing of fish species downriver. The alterations observed in the marine environment are attributable to the influx of sediments and assorted debris that were deposited on the sea bed. These deposits likely had considerable effects on benthic fauna an aquatic weedbeds, resulting in a loss of spawning and feeding habitats for several species. Based on new information collected by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and other scientific organizations, DFO's Science Sector plans to continue its evaluation work concerning the impacts of the floods and, as required, will recommend future action appropriate for the follow-up of the state of the marine environment, fishery resources, and use of the Saguenay marine environment.

WALSH, G., A. BOURGEOIS (éd.), 1996. Inondations de juillet 1996 au Québec : identification des impacts potentiels sur le milieu marin et les habitats d'eau douce dans les régions du Saguenay, de la Côte-Nord et de Charlevoix. Rapp. manus. can. sci. halieut. aquat., 2382, 21 p .

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This report provides an assessment of the potential impacts of the July 1996 floods on the marine environment and freshwater habitats in the Saguenay, North Shore and Charlevoix regions. Overall, the most impacted sectors are situated in Ha! Ha! Bay and on the various waterways in the Saguenay area. On the North Shore and in Charlevoix region, damage to the marine environment and freshwater habitats was less severe and less widespread. The main impacts observed on the tributaries of the Saguenay consist in severe erosion of the riverbanks and riverbed, along with a mass flushing of fish species downriver. The alterations observed in the marine environment are attributable to the influx of sediments and assorted debris that were deposited on the sea bed. These deposits likely had considerable effects on benthic fauna and aquatic weedbeds, resulting in a loss of spawning and feeding habitats for several species. Based on new information collected by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and other scientific organizations, DFO's Science Sector plans to continue its evaluation work concerning the impacts of the floods and, as required, will recommend future action appropriate for the follow-up of the state of the marine environment, fishery resources, and use of the Saguenay marine environment.