An environmental group called American Rivers has just placed Montreal's St-Lawrence river as one the the top 10 most endangered waterways in Canada.
Not exactly a title we should be proud of. You remember the St-Lawrence right? It's that river we filled with 8 billion liters of raw sewage.
Oddly enough, that wasn't the straw that broke the camel's back (although I'm sure it didn't help). The main part of the blame goes to the poor water level regulations at the Moses-Saunders Hydro power Dam.
So far the group's research has shown that wildlife is suffering dramatically.
"Wet meadow habitat down 50%. Endangered Black Tern down more than 80%. Northern Pike down 70%."
Luckily there is a plan in place to restore the river including water level regulation and the planting of over 50,000 new trees along the banks.
No word on what this means for Montreal's beaches, but let's face it. There weren't that many Montrealers willing to swim in the river even before the sewage sump.