Because of the stakes riding on protection of the night sky, it became imperative to reduce light pollution in the region. The first steps in this area
date back to the beginning of the 1990's. Researchers at the Observatory and the Fédération des astronomes amateurs du Québec (FAAQ)
then made their concerns known with respect to the ever-increasing pollution of the night sky. Unfortunately, these public statements had little effect.
It was not until the end of the 1990's that the combat against light pollution really began. The Observatory was then updating and renewing its equipment and wished to safeguard the accuracy of its observations. In 2002, the President of the ASTROLab and the Directors of the Observatory and the Mt. Megantic provincial park drew up some guidelines for a project that would significantly reduce light pollution in the region. Thanks to funding from the Lac Megantic Local Employment Centre (CLE), the provincial park, the Société des Établissements du Plein Air du Québec (SÉPAQ) and the Observatory, the project was launched. Cloé Legris was hired as the Project Manager and was directed to develop an action plan that could be completed over the next three to five years.