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 Wednesday, October 12, 2016
10:00 amWelcome and coffee
10:45 am- Opening remarks
- History of the State of the St. Lawrence Monitoring Program
- Objectives of the Rendez-vous St. Lawrence 
- Overview of the day’s activities

Hélène Bouchard, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
Patricia Robitaille, Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC)
11:05 amOverview 2014: A delicate balance
Caroline Savage, ECCC
11:20 amState of a small population of belugas in a changing environment
Véronique Lesage, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
11:35 amQuestion period
11:50 amLunch
 Room ARoom B

1:15 pm

Water quality in the fluvial sector: Physicochemical and bacteriological parameters,
                                   Serge Hébert, MDDELCC

Recent trends in physical conditions in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence
Peter Galbraith, DFO

1:30 pmWhat do the St. Lawrence benthic communities reveal about the state of aquatic ecosystems?
Alain Armellin, ECCC


Recent trends in chemical oceanographic and biological conditions (phytoplankton, zooplankton and toxic algae) in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence                                   Michel Starr, DFO

1:45 pmHealth status of freshwater fish in the St. Lawrence Marc Mingelbier, MFFPStatus of invasive aquatic species in the St. Lawrence marine environment
Nathalie Simard, MPO
2:00 pmQuestion period for all three presenters
2:15 pmCoffee break
2:45 pm


Evolution of land cover along the St. Lawrence, 2000–2015
Guy Létourneau, ECCC

Water quality monitoring: Toxic contaminants  Myriam Rondeau, ECCC
3:00 pmFreshwater wetlands: 2012 status report
Martin Jean, ECCC
Water quality in the Richelieu and Yamaska rivers: Contamination by toxic substances
Denis Laliberté, MDDELCC
3:15 pmMonitoring of invasive exotic plants in St. Lawrence wetlands, in cooperation with communities
Isabelle Simard, MDDELCC
Lake Saint-Pierre sediments: Legacy and emerging contaminants
Magella Pelletier, ECCC
3:30 pm
Question period for all three presenters
3:45 pm
Recap of the day
4:00 pmNetworking and collaborators’ presentation of posters pertaining to issues

Thursday, October 13, 2016
8:30 amWelcome and coffee
9:00 amOpening remarks and explanation of the morning’s activities
Hélène Bouchard, ECCC, and Patricia Robitaille, MDDELCC
9:05 amStatus of Japanese knotweed in the Greater Montreal area
Ophélie Drevet, Des Seigneuries ZIP Committee

9:20 amThe Saint-Éloi marsh: Wildlife developments in agricultural areas
Mylène Vallée, Deux-Rives ZIP Committee
9:35 amQuestion period for both presenters
9:50 amCoffee break
10:15 amCharacterization of wetlands and invasive exotic species in the Charlevoix region, 2014–2015
Joanie Bélanger, Saguenay–Charlevoix ZIP Committee
10:30 amExperimental restoration of an eelgrass bed in Mitis Bay
Étienne Bachand, Sud de l’Estuaire ZIP Committee
10:45 amStudy of surface currents using drifting buoys in Chaleur Bay
Geneviève Lemoyne, Baie des Chaleurs ZIP Committee
11:00 amQuestion period for all three presenters
11:15 amSmall-group discussions about the dissemination products: monitoring sheets and overview
12:00 pmLunch
1:30 pmFreshwater issue: Restoring the Lake Saint-Pierre ecosystem: A critical challenge for the St. Lawrence River
Philippe Brodeur, MFFP
2:00 pmQuestions and discussion (freshwater issues)
2:15 pmMarine issue: Developing ecosystem indicators for the marine sector of the St. Lawrence
Yvan Lambert, MPO
2:45 pmQuestions and discussion (marine issues)
3:00 pmRecap of both days / plenary session
3:30 pmClosing remarks
Hélène Bouchard, ECCC, et Patricia Robitaille, MDDELCC