14.1. In evaluating any authorization application filed with the Minister under section 13 with regard to wetlands and bodies of water, the Minister must take into consideration that the designated setting should, in principle, be maintained in its natural state.
For the purposes of the first paragraph, the following interventions are presumed to be incompatible with maintaining the natural state of wetlands and bodies of water:
(1) drainage and pipe work;
(2) clearing and filling activities;
(3) ground preparation work, in particular if it requires stripping, excavation, earthwork or destruction of vegetation cover; and
(4) any other activity determined by government regulation.
Despite the second paragraph, the Government may, by regulation, allow certain activities listed in that paragraph if they are compatible because they comply with certain conditions, restrictions or prohibitions set out in the regulation.