Q-2, r. 14 - Regulation respecting the declaration of water withdrawals

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1. The purpose of this Regulation is to ensure a better knowledge and a better protection of the environment by allowing the Government to assess, through the declaration of water withdrawals, the impact of the withdrawals on water resources and ecosystems, and to allow the Government to establish measures to prevent conflicting uses of water resources.
In addition, this Regulation, with a view to ensuring a better protection of the St. Lawrence River Basin water resources, provides for the implementation in Québec of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement, referred to in section 31.88 of the Environment Quality Act (chapter Q-2).
This Regulation also seeks to achieve more responsible water use through withdrawal accountability mechanisms by making the largest water withdrawers in Québec more acutely aware of
(1)  the intrinsic value of water resources; and
(2)  the responsibility each person has to preserve the quality of water and sufficient quantity of it to meet the needs of current and future generations.
O.C. 875-2009, s. 1; O.C. 685-2011, s. 2.