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SAINTE ADELE - The day is coming where that box of dishwashing detergent you buy at the grocery store might carry a little Quebec flag that signifies it is phosphate-free for the province. MORE >>>
And the government appears to have understood that in its muli-pronged approach:
- Muncipalities are being given beefed-up powers to inspect septic systems and keep the fines they collect to fight other offenders in the courts. Fines will be hiked.
- Two million trees will be planted over the next two years on lake and river banks around the province to stop erosion.
- Over the next three years, the number of lakes under the province's volunteer lake monitoring program will more than double, from 250 to 700. The program encourages residents to make taking care of their lake a personal mater.
- The government will hire 15 more inspectors just to monitor lakes that are in trouble.
- Tighter regulations are in the works for the owners of pleasure boats equipped with on-board toilets and there will stricter rules for owners of homes not connected to sewage lines.
- More accurate and up-to-the-minute information on the state of infected lakes to prevent scares which last summer sparked massive losses in the tourist industy.