As you may be aware, we have recently been alerted to the imminent destruction of the Technoparc wetlands in St. Laurent, both by the expansion of the Hubert Reeves Eco-campus and the Caisse de dépôt et placement train project, slated to run between two marshes.
The area contains three large marshes and a vast prairie bordering Montreal-Trudeau airport and the Dorval golf course. Ornithologist Joël Coutu has observed over 70 species of birds in the area, nesting birds, migratory birds and even endangered species such as the least bittern, the smallest local heron.
Be it resolved that:
Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook calls upon the federal and provincial governments, as well as the Borough of Saint Laurent and the City of Montreal, to immediately place a moratorium on the development of the wetlands at the Technoparc Montreal in Saint Laurent as well as the adjacent portion of the wetlands under the jurisdiction of the Aéroports de Montréal (AdM);
This area has an exceptionally high number of wetland species compared to the rest of the Island of Montreal, among them the protected and endangered Least Bittern, and also has one of the densest concentrations of birds found anywhere on the Island;
Les Amis also calls upon the various levels of government to declare that all of the undeveloped area on the Technoparc Montreal and adjacent AdM site be converted into a fully protected wildlife refuge immediately, and to scrap the proposal to place a commuter train station adjacent to the wetlands as part of the proposed commuter train for the greater Montreal area; and
Les Amis also demands a complete moratorium on the development of green space, wilderness, and farm land on the Island of Montreal, with all development concentrated solely on brown fields, parking lots, and low-density commercial and industrial sites, in accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Montreal’s Green Spaces and Natural Environments of the Forum Nature Montréal of April 16th, 2016.
Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook
The resolution has been sent to Ministers McKenna, Dion, Heurtel, Fournier, and mayors DeSousa, Coderre and Ménard. It was also sent to the following environmental groups: APAW, Sauvons L’Anse-à-l’Orme, Sierra Club, Suzuki Foundation, CRE-Montréal.
It has already been endorsed by the Green Coalition and Sauvons la Falaise!