Memphremagog Conservation Inc. (MCI) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental conservation and preserving the natural beauty of Lake Memphremagog and its watershed since 1967. With the strength and support of its members, MCI has worked diligently so that all the residents of the region, permanent and seasonal, waterfront or not, can enjoy the lake today and tomorrow, in harmony with nature.
To this end, MCI :
In concrete terms, this means that the activities of MCI are far-reaching.
- raises the environmental awareness of the people who use and enjoy the lake in whatever way that may be
- actively participates in monitoring of the water quality of the lake and its tributaries, in projects of re-naturalization of the shoreline, and works towards the protection of area plants and wildlife
- lobbies local, provincial and federal governments to develop and implement regulations that protect the lake, thus improving the quality of life for everyone in the watershed
- informs the public on issues involving the environment and the natural beauty of Lake Memphremagog and its watershed.
MCI Activities Include:
- Implementation of its Action Plan;
- Training and financing a team of young patrollers who travel the lake to report any environmental problems and who make both residents along the waterfront, as well as boaters on the lake, aware of their role in protecting the lake;
- Offer of free consultations by experts to shoreline residents on how to re-naturalize the shoreline to counteract soil erosion and filter the phosphorus load;
- Production and distribution of a DVD on best environmental practices for residents in the drainage basin of Lake Memphremagog, and promotion of a Code of Ethics encouraging those enjoying the lake to be environmentally responsible and respectful;
- Working in close collaboration with the State of Vermont, the Memphremagog Watershed Association and the Lake Memphremagog, Tomifobia and Coaticook River Watershed Council;
- Taking concrete action to control noise pollution and excessive speeding by boats, as well as assuring the responsible disposal of waste water by boaters;
- Participating in hearings, consultations and committees at local, regional, national and international levels that concern the environmental health of Lake Memphremagog.