The MCI patrol begins its surveillance work on Lake Memphremagog !
Memphremagog Conservation Inc. (MCI) began its patrol work on Lake Memphremagog on May 6. The patrol will be criss-crossing the lake seven days a week from May to September. They can be reached by phone, text or video message at (819) 620-3939 or by email at email@example.com.
The patrol is composed of four university students in environment. The patrol coordinator, Ms Catherine Roy is a bachelor’s level student in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Sherbrooke. The three patrollers are Mr Dominic Bélanger, biologist, Ms Ariane Orjikh, masters’ level student in international ecology at the University of Sherbrooke and Mr Charles Rodrigue, bachelor’s level student in biology at the University of Sherbrooke.
The patrollers’ services are available to one and all, and they are able to answer any and all questions related to the environment. As well as sensitizing the public on environmental issues, they monitor the lake, its shoreline and its tributaries for problems, such as blue-green algae, excessive sedimentation, erosion, work being done on the shore, tree cutting, etc. They also carry out a number of water sampling campaigns for the provincial environment department (MDDEP), the city of Magog, and the MRC Memphremagog. They have been trained to provide recommendations on maintaining a natural shoreline, reducing the use of fertilizers and pesticides, as well as on the various actions that individuals can take to protect the quality of the water of the lake. In addition, they undertake visits to day camps in the watershed, both in Quebec and Vermont, in order to encourage young people to adopt environmentally friendly behaviours.
The patrol has a new boat this year, which is easy to identify, as it proudly displays the colours of MCI. It should be noted that this important acquisition was made possible by the generous financial
contribution of a foundation that wishes to remain anonymous.
MCI extends an open offer to the media to join our patrollers on the new boat to better visualize and understand the various environmental factors that can affect the quality of the water in this immense reservoir of drinking water for more than 170,000 area residents. Do not hesitate to contact us!
This summer’s MCI Lake Memphremagog patrollers are (l. to r.) Ariane Orjikh, Catherine Roy, Erich Smith-peter, Dominic Belanger and Charles Rodrigue.