The MCI pa­trol be­gins its sur­veil­lance work on Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog !

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Ma­gog

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 pa­trol@mem­phrem­a­gog.org.

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.

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