MCI Lake Patrol be­gins daily sur­veil­lance of the lake

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Mem­phrem­a­gog Con­ser­va­tion Inc’s lake patrol be­gan its sum­mer pa­trols on Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog on May 5th. The patrol is on the lake 7 days a week from May to Septem­ber to mon­i­tor wa­ter qual­ity. They can be reached by tele­phone, text or video mes­sage at 819-620-3939 or by email at patrol@mem­phrem­a­

The patrol is made up of three univer­sity stu­dents in en­vi­ron­ment. The patrol co­or­di­na­tor is Ms Cather­ine Roy, who holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in molec­u­lar and cel­lu­lar bi­ol­ogy. The two pa­trollers are Mr. Re­naud Beaucher-Per­ras masters level stu­dent in en­vi­ron­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment and Mr. Nicholas Va­chon, bach­e­lor level stu­dent in en­vi­ron­ment, both at the Univer­sity of Sher­brooke.

The patrol is at the ser­vice of the area pop­u­la­tion for all ques­tions re­lated to the en­vi­ron­ment. As well as ed­u­cat­ing res­i­dents on proper lake­side en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices, they will be mon­i­tor­ing the lake, shore­line and trib­u­taries for blue-green al­gae, ex­ces­sive sed­i­men­ta­tion, ero­sion, work on the shore, tree cut­ting, etc. They also carry out a num­ber of wa­ter sam­pling cam­paigns for the provin­cial en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment, the City of Ma­gog, and the MRC. They have the train­ing to pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions on how to main­tain a nat­u­ral shore­line, how to re­duce the use of fer­til­iz­ers and pes­ti­cides and on the var­i­ous ways of pro­tect­ing the qual­ity of the wa­ter.

MCI also of­fers the me­dia the op­por­tu­nity of join­ing the pa­trollers on the MCI’s boat to bet­ter see for them­selves and un­der­stand the var­i­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors that can af­fect the qual­ity of the wa­ter in this im­mense drink­ing wa­ter reser­voir which serves a pop­u­la­tion of more than 170,000 peo­ple. Do not hes­i­tate to con­tact us!

About MCI : Mem­phré­m­a­gog Con­ser­va­tion inc. (MCI) is a non profit or­gan­i­sa­tion formed of vol­un­teers, work­ing since 1967 for the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­men­tal health and nat­u­ral beauty of Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog and its wa­ter­shed. With the strength of its mem­ber­ship, it works to en­sure that all res­i­dents of the re­gion, per­ma­nent and sea­sonal, wa­ter­front or not, can ben­e­fit from and en­joy a healthy lake, for to­day, to­mor­row and for gen­er­a­tions to come.

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