National Geographic has ranked the Magpie River, nestled along Quebec’s North Shore, one of the top ten whitewater river destinations in the world. Despite the attention it attracts from outdoor adventure enthusiasts as well as its range of biodiversity, future power projects threaten this whitewater ecosystem.
Hydro-Quebec considers the Magpie River a potential site for a hydropower plant in the future. Quebec’s Office for Public Hearings on the Environment recommends complete protection of the region and the addition of the Magpie River to the biodiversity reserve.
By signing this letter, you're asking the Quebec provincial government to:
- 1. Permanently protect the Massif des lacs Belmont and Magpie biodiversity reserve, including the Magpie River
- 2. Follow through on its promise of protecting 12% of provincial wilderness by 2015
- 3. Support The Big Wild vision of protecting at least 50% of Canada's public wilderness
CPAWS and the Association Eaux-Vives Minganie are asking two leaders from Quebec’s provincial government to complete the protection of the Massif des lacs Belmont and Magpie biodiversity reserve.
You can help by writing a letter to encourage Quebec's Minister of Natural Resources to consider ruling out the possibility of any hydroelectric projects along the Magpie River.
You can also help by asking Quebec's Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks to shift interim protection of 1,575 square kilometres of watershed to a permanent protected region.