• James Armstrong

Preserving Bordelais bog on Saint-Lazare city council calendar


Water flowing out of Bordelais Bog into the sand quarry is indicated by letters A and B. The location of the culvert draining wetlands around three housing developments is indicated by letter C.

Saint Lazare resident Linda Glasgow was at the microphone during the monthly council meeting held Tuesday, April 9 to remind those seated at the table about her questions regarding the Bordelais bog at the March meeting.

“We will have a full presentation from our environment department on Tuesday, April 30,” responded Mayor Robert Grimaudo. “The presentation will give us an overview of the situation with the Bordelais bog and may also include possible contracts to be given for a hydrological study.”

Glasgow said the town had an obligation contained in the agreement with Hydro Quebec involving funding from the latter to maintain the bog and investigate the cause for its deterioration.

Protecting the bog

The mayor acknowledged the subject had been discussed in the past.

“We don’t really know what the situation is until we have a proper assessment and study done,” he said.

Councillor Pamela Tremblay, who had since resigned from council April 16, added that in 2014 information was collected in the area of the bog to determine the direction of water flow. TechnoRem Inc. carried out a study to determine if Dunes Lake was feeding the bog or draining it. Their work included installing devices to measure the direction and flow of water in a variety of locations. Glasgow asked if council had considered rehiring TechnoRem as they would have a record of the location of the equipment. The replied the process of determining what needed to be done, calculating the estimated cost of the project and calling for tenders if required, needed to be followed.

Water flow

“The bog doesn’t flow toward Dunes Lake. It flows toward the sand pit (quarry),” said Glasgow as she deposited documents with the council that indicated the drainage point from the bog into the sand quarry and the location of a second culvert at the west end of the quarry. Glasgow described the second culvert as a drainage point for three housing developments: Sunnybrook, Sanctuaire and Place Verde. She noted the three developments have protected wetland areas around them and the drainage culvert has continual water flow through it. Her concern was those wetlands would eventually be compromised as well.

“We want to guarantee the life of the bog for the next 25, 50, to 100 years,” said the mayor.

Dumping and backfilling

Following the meeting, Glasgow told The Journal that dumping and backfilling was happening at the west end of the sand quarry. When asked about the dumping situation by The Journal, Grimaudo replied the company that owns the sand quarry has a permit from the Quebec Environment Ministry. In light of revelations by the Radio Canada broadcast, Enquête regarding possibly contaminated soils being dumped in a neighbouring community Pointe-Fortune, the mayor said he was confident there weren’t any similar problems with the sand quarry situation.

“All the soils they are using come from Saint-Lazare,” said Grimaudo.

Bats not included

In a similar environmental vein, council approved three contracts to three companies to carry out environmental characterization studies in Zones AE-002, H-050 and H-160. The characterization studies, however, will not include bats. The mayor said that bats were not on the list of town requirements for the studies. “When the companies submitted their tenders, they offered to include bats for an additional cost,” said Grimaudo. In awarding the contracts, council declined the offer.

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