15.2. The purpose of a regional wetlands and bodies of water plan is, among other things, to identify the wetlands and bodies of water in the territory of a regional county municipality to facilitate better planning of the municipality’s actions and of interventions in the territory, including those relating to the conservation of wetlands and bodies of water due to, in particular, the functions performed by the wetlands and bodies of water in any watershed concerned.
A regional plan must, as a minimum, (1) identify the wetlands and bodies of water of the territory concerned on the basis of the criteria determined by the Minister and describe the problems that could affect them, and, from among those wetlands and bodies of water, identify
(a) those that are of special conservation interest, so as to preserve their state, specifying by what means their conservation should be ensured;
(b) those that could potentially be restored to improve their state and ecological functions; and
(c) those that should be the subject of measures to regulate the activities likely to be carried out there, so as to ensure the sustainable use of those wetlands and bodies of water;
(2) identify areas where wetlands or bodies of water could potentially be created;
(3) include an action plan containing a list of the interventions proposed for certain wetlands and bodies of water identified and a timeline for carrying them out, which plan must take into account the rights granted by the State under the Mining Act (chapter M-13.1) and the Act respecting hydrocarbons (chapter H-4.2) or the applications filed to obtain such rights; and
(4) include regional plan follow-up and assessment measures.
The plan must also include any other element determined by the Minister.