The 49th An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing Of Mem­phrem­a­gog Con­ser­va­tion Inc. (MCI)

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On July 9, MCI theld their 49th an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at the Cherry River Wet­lands In­ter­pre­ta­tion Cen­tre in Ma­gog. The meet­ing aimed to bring the mem­bers up to date with the ac­tiv­i­ties and ac­tions un­der­taken by MCI in 2015-2016, and to give mem­bers the chance to in­flu­ence the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the or­ga­ni­za­tion on the eve of it’s 50th an­niver­sary, es­pe­cially given that the or­ga­ni­za­tion is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a strate­gic plan­ning ex­er­cise to po­si­tion it­self for the next 50 years. Sum­mary Of Ac­tions Taken By MCI In 2015-2016

The ma­jor ac­com­plish­ments of MCI in the preser­va­tion of the health of Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog and its wa­ter­shed were pre­sented. As part of the Healthy Fitch Bay project, MCI has worked with the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Stanstead Town­ship and Og­den to put in place an ac­tion plan aim­ing to im­prove the qual­ity of the wa­ter in Fitch Bay. In the past year, MCI and its part­ners have iden­ti­fied ero­sion sites along the bay’s trib­u­taries, sen­si­tized boaters and res­i­dents of the area to the prob­lems fac­ing the bay, and pro­duced an in­ven­tory of the nat­u­ral land­scapes of the bay’s wa­ter­shed. As well, MCI con­tin­ues to work with prop­erty own­ers on vol­un­tary con­ser­va­tion of the nat­u­ral land­scapes on their land. Since 2009, MCI has been in­volved in the protection of 777 hectares in the Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog wa­ter­shed. MCI’s lake pa­trol

con­tin­ues to work to sen­si­tize the pub­lic of the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing the lake, pa­trols the lake seven days a week, and car­ries out a wa­ter sam­pling pro­gram to doc­u­ment the qual­ity of the wa­ter. They can be reached 7 days a week at 819 6203939 or by email at pa­trol@mem­phrem­a­gog.org

In­vited Speaker From Ver­mont

M. Neil Kam­man, from the Ver­mont De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion, gave a talk on the ac­tion plan put in place by the state of Ver­mont to meet wa­ter qual­ity stan­dards man­dated by Amer­i­can law for Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog.

2016-2017 Board Of Di­rec­tors

MCI’s new board of di­rec­tors is com­posed of Mr. Robert Benoit (Pres­i­dent), Mr. Jean-Claude Duff (Board Chair­man), Ms. Marie-Joël Gagnon, Ms. Mary Pat Gould­ing, Mr. Charles Guay, Mr. Tom Ko­vacs (Vice-pres­i­dent), Ms. Gisèle La­casse Benoit, Mr. Chris­tian La­porte, Ms. Jo­hanne Lavoie (Trea­surer), Mr. Peter Lépine, Ms. San­dra Mar­shall, Ms. Cather­ine Roy (Vice-pres­i­dent and Sec­re­tary) and Mr. Erich Smith-Peter.

It should be noted that MCI is cur­rently rais­ing funds for the con­ser­va­tion of nat­u­ral land­scapes in the wa­ter­shed and also for the Healthy Fitch Bay project (the sec­tor of the lake of most con­cern). To learn more about MCI and the projects it is work­ing on, see the web site at www. mem­phrem­a­gog.org.

Con­ser­va­tion group meet.

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