MCI Lake Pa­trol be­gins daily sur­veil­lance of the lake

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Mem­phré­m­a­gog

Mem­phrem­a­gogCon­ser­va­tion Inc’s lake pa­trol be­gan its sum­mer pa­trols on Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog. 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@mem­phrem­a­gog.org.

The pa­trol is made up of three univer­sity stu­dents in en­vi­ron­ment. The co­or­di­na­tion of the pa­trol is han­dled by Ms Ari­ane Or­jikh, a for­mer pa­troller in 2012. Ari­ane is a bi­ol­o­gist and will soon re­ceive her Masters de­gree in Bi­ol­ogy, spe­cial­iz­ing in In­ter­na­tional Ecol­ogy. The other team mem­bers are Ms Anaïs Messier and Mr. Anthony Berg­eron-Mau­rice, both fi­nal year Bach­e­lor’s level stu­dents in En­vi­ron­ment at the Univer­sity of Sher­brooke’s train­ing cen­tre in En­vi­ron­ment and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.

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!

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