USEFUL NUMBERS

Emergency: 911
Info-santé: 811
Police: 819 564-1212
Town Hall: 819 876-7117

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Environment

Environmental Emergency

To report the presence or dumping of a contaminant in the environment, call toll-free 1-866-694-5454.

Dead pheasants in the lake or on the shore

If you find dead pheasants in the lake or on the shore, please call Mr. Serge Riendeau, Province Island Groundskeeper, immediately at (819) 876-2887.

Emptying of septic systems

Since 2006, the Municipality has enforced the mandatory emptying of septic tanks located on its territory in compliance with the Q2-r.8 regulation which has been imposed on all Municipalities by the Government of Quebec.

Shore and water protection

Shoreline destruction has been a direct cause of water quality degradation and the proliferation of blue-green algae in Lake Memphrémagog. Indeed, studies conducted in 2004 and 2005 by Memphrémagog Conservation Inc. have demonstrated that this relatively young lake (only 10,000 years old!) is aging prematurely, and human activity has greatly accelerated the degenerative process.

Our document entitled Protection of Lakes and Streams provides a wealth of information about the role of the shore buffer zone, what is required from waterside residents and the municipal regulations presently enforced.

Wetlands

Did you know that there are several wetlands on Ogden's territory? The best known are named «Mud,» «Tomkins,» «Marlington,» and «Ticehurst.»

Wetlands across Canada provide critical habitat for the life cycles of ducks, geese, swans as well as some 600 other species of plants, animals and insects. But wetlands also filter our water naturally and help provide clean, secure water sources. They also provide environmental and societal value by moderating the effects of droughts, floods, climate changes and erosion. Of interest to Ogden citizens in particular, since we all draw our water from private wells: wetlands store excess water and release it back into the environment. Indeed, water held in wetlands seeps slowly back into the ground, where it is purified and filtered. This supplies people with clean water, and moderates the effects of droughts.

According to a report entitled Canadian Biodiversity: Ecosystem Status and Trends 2010 published by the Canadian Councils of Resource Ministers, the loss of wetlands in the southern part of Canada is estimated at 80% to 98%. Not surprisingly, many of the affected areas are found near large urban centres.

In Ogden, municipal regulations protect our wetlands by prohibiting all interventions in or near them. Thus it is strictly prohibited to excavate, fill, or displace humus in a wetland and, of course, constructions and structures of any type are disallowed.

To find out more about wetlands and their role in our environment, we invite you to consult the Duck Unlimited website at www.ducks.ca.

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