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OFF TO WORK!

THE SCIENCE TEAM IS HERE!

From right to left on the photo: Pierre Simard, geomorphologist, M.Sc. (SOS Tributaries project), Chanel Racine-Mineault, 3rd year B.Sc. in Ecology (Université de Sherbrooke), patroller and team leader of the Summer project, Julie Jacques, biologist, M.Sc., SOS Tributary project, Julia Lamoureux, biologist, Master’s student (Université de Sherbrooke), auxiliary project manager, Ian Ruttenberg, geologist, Master’s student (McGill University), watershed researcher, Vincent Lemieux, biologist, M.Sc., head coordinator and Intelligent Boating project, Catherine Fortin, 1st year Bachelor’s student in Environment (Université de Sherbrooke), head patroller, Intelligent Boating project, and Lake Health Evaluation, and Naomi Wiseman-Beese, 2nd year B.Sc. student in Environmental Science (University of Ottawa), Media Patroller, Communications Assistant, Visual Data Manager and Summer Camp Manager. Four patrollers will join them at the end of June. Thank to the Oldland family, the “Little Blue House” company who donated the t-shirts. ☺️

A SUMMER LIKE THIS IS PREPARED WELL IN ADVANCE.

 

This summer you will see Blue Massawippi working on all fronts: the watershed, milfoil plants, boating, zebra mussel control, the wetlands, lake health evaluation, awareness and communications. To achieve this, a lot of work is done months, and even years in advance.

Four winning conditions and a bit of luck allowed us to start this exceptional season.

 

Knowledge of the environment and scientific partnership

Blue Massawippi knows the environment well, but it takes more than that.

Our partnerships with universities bring us scientific support, trained and competent interns, and very often the loan of expensive equipment and access to their laboratories.

In all our actions, science is a prerequisite.

Thank you to the Université de Sherbrooke, McGill University and Bishop’s University for this precious contribution.

On this subject, see the special report of the Université de Sherbrooke’s (CUFE) Integrative Project below.

 

Search for private and public funding

Knowledge of the environment and the scientific contributions are only the first steps that must be maintained permanently.

Then, you must act.

Obtaining public funding is demanding because you must constantly be looking for and know the different programs, while also being on the lookout for new funding possibilities.  For every 10 funding applications, we may only get one, and we must always keep in mind that no public funding will be granted without private contributions varying from 25 – 50% of the project costs.

We must find these private contributions from local partners and private donors who support our actions.

Realistic and meticulous project creations

Every time we get an opportunity to obtain public funding, it is a race against the clock. In the best of cases, we have 6 weeks to study the parameters, which are always numerous, and to imagine a project that will realistically fit within these parameters.

Blue Massawippi will stand out if the project is innovative, unifying, and neither too ambitious nor too timid.

This exercise requires a multitude of interactions, which are done through: phone calls, emails, and/or meetings.

Each government, municipal, provincial, and federal, has its own requirements and the application forms must be filled out rigorously with very precise forethought.

Once this is done, we will be waiting several months for a response.

 

Municipal partnerships

The municipalities, the Parc Régional Massawippi, the MRCs de Memphrémagog and Coaticook are essential partners.

No project is possible without their support.

At the same time as we work on the different funding applications, we are establishing contacts.

This support does not come without effort. We must inform them, convince them, obtain a consensus and adjust our expectations.

With five riverside municipalities, thirteen within the watershed. The Regional Parc and the two MRCs, consensus is not guaranteed for all of our ideas and projects.

And sometimes, the support will never come or will come only partially, and we will need to start from scratch.

 

SCIENTIFIC PARTNERSHIP: THE UNIVERSITÉ DE SHERBROOKE'S CUFE IS AN ASSET FOR NPOs

SPECIAL REPORT

University partnerships are as diverse as they are essential to the organization. They allow us to take the first of four steps towards concrete actions. The Integrative Program of the Centre de formation universitaire en environnement et développement durable (CUFE) of the Université de Sherbrooke plays a key role.

Julia Lamoureux, a master’s student, was part of the CUFE team this winter and will do her internship at Blue Massawippi this summer.

IN THIS VIDEO, JULIA TALKS ABOUT HER PROCESS, HER UNIVERSITY TEAM’S RECOMMENDATIONS, AND HOW SHE WILL TAKE ACTION THIS SUMMER.

Click on the photo or HERE

 

“FOR THE LAKE AND ITS WATERSHED TO BECOME A LIVING LABORATORY” -Philippe-David Blanchette

Philippe-David Blanchette is a member of the Blue Massawippi executive committee and an active member of the watershed community along with Pierre Charron and Denis Petitclerc. He is also a municipal councilman for Waterville, which relies on Lake Massawippi for its drinking water supply.

As a teacher at the Centre de formation universitaire en environnement et développement durable (CUFE), I have seen the importance of being able to count on environmental students to make up a pool of candidates for internships, but also to accompany us in research. As a volunteer administrator, it is sometimes difficult for a member of the Board to invest the necessary time to do research in order to properly document the problems of the lake and the watershed. In light of this, academic resources such as the Environmental Clinic and the Integrative Project course offered to CUFE environmental students, allows us to get precious help in documenting, analysing, and establishing recommendations for concrete actions that Blue Massawippi can then implement. This is a perfect example of the synergy between an environmental organization and an academic institution. Proof that our lake can, through our collaboration, serve as a living laboratory.”

FEATURED ACTIVITIES FOR THE PAST 15 DAYS

INSTALLATION OF BUOYS IN BACON'S BAY

As part of the milfoil reduction pilot project, the buoys are back in Bacon’s Bay. Notice to boaters, local traffic only in the marked corridor.

INSTALLATION OF SUBSTRATES

Our zebra mussel control protocol requires the installation of larvae traps to check for contamination and reproduction in the water column. These traps will be monitored until mid-October.

WETLAND INVENTORIES

We will be visiting the wetlands adjacent to the lake and the Tomifobia river all summer. It is a brand-new project that takes off in 2021.

THE LAKE CROSSING, BACK ON JULY 31st, 2021

The swim across the lake will take place on July 31st from Ayer’s Cliff to North Hatley (15 km). There is still time to register, either as a solo swimmer, or in a relay:

massawippi.15km@yahoo.com

MASSAWIPPI.15 KM

NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE CROSSING

The crossing team is looking for volunteers at the finish line and along the route with or without motorized boats: massawippi.15km@yahoo.com

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