Mas­saw­ippi wa­ter qual­ity un­der de­bate

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

In re­sponse to the press re­lease that was is­sued on Mon­day by the Lake Mas­saw­ippi Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (LMWPA) which stated that blue al­gae blooms had been seen around the lake, from North Hat­ley to Ayer’s Cliff, North Hat­ley Gen­eral Man­ager Leonard Castag­ner com­mented that he is con­fi­dent that the wa­ter qual­ity of Lake Mas­saw­ippi is fine.

“In the last re­port the gov­ern­ment stated that there was no bloom on the lake,” said Mr. Castag­ner. “The Min­istry re­ported a den­sity lower than 20,000 cells per millil­itre; such a low den­sity is not con­sid­ered a bloom,” he added. The re­port also stated that no in­ter­ven­tion was nec­es­sary for the mo­ment but that the Min­istry hoped the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would keep an eye on the sit­u­a­tion. Al­though that re­port was is­sued on July 25th and con­cerned wa­ter sam­ples that had been taken on July 20th, the town also tests their potable wa­ter (which comes from the lake) ev­ery week and it has been with­out con­tam­i­na­tion. LMWPA re­ported see­ing the blooms be­tween July 28th and the 31st. There also have been no ad­verse re­ports from bathers and boaters who use the lake.

In the LMWPA press re­lease, the or­ga­ni­za­tion asked the Que­bec en­vi­ron­ment min­istry to pro­vide an up­date of the sta­tus of lakes in the East­ern Town­ships. Mr. Castag­ner had no com­ment to make about the LMWPA press re­lease.

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