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Overview of the state
of the St. Lawrence River

As of today, the St. Lawrence River’s bill of health could be described as moderate to good according to the 2008 edition of the Overview of the state of the St. Lawrence River, prepared by the State of the St. Lawrence Monitoring Program Coordination Committee partners. This overview was put together as part of the Canada–Quebec Agreement on the St. Lawrence Plan for a Sustainable Development 2005–2010.

The study deals with the main components of the environment: water, sediments, biological resources, uses, and shorelines. It presents the findings of a number of scientists from organizations involved in implementing the State of the St. Lawrence Monitoring Program. Several Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists contributed to the preparation of this easy-to-read document.

To find out more, visit the St. Lawrence Plan site under Monitoring the state of the St. Lawrence River.

Sailing directions for the St. Lawrence RiverSailing directions for the
St. Lawrence River

The Canadian Hydrographic Service has just published the 3rd edition of the booklet, Sailing Directions for the St. Lawrence River ATL 112. The information contained in this edition covers the area from Cap-Rouge to Montréal (including the Richelieu River), one of the busiest pleasure crafting areas in Québec.

The booklet contains a host of information provided to make waterways accessible and safe to use. It notably includes recent hydrographic information, photos, details on main and secondary channels, areas specifically marked for pleasure craft, as well as a list of marinas and the services they provide. The Sailing Directions booklet also gives information on the dangers inherent to sailing, currents, locks and much more.

The Sailing Directions booklet is available from authorized Canadian Hydrographic Service chart dealers for $9.95.