MCI talks invasive species and Coventry dump troubles

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MCI talks invasive species and  Coventry dump troubles
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By Ocean Francoeur – Yesterday, Pointe-Merry Park in Magog was packed with members of the media and concerned locals as the MCI unpacked concerns regarding the appearance of zebra mussels in the Memphrémagog and the looming expansion of the Coventry dump in Vermont. Given that the lake provides drinking water for both Sherbrooke and the city of Magog, Ariane Orjikh, the Director General of the MCI, considers the situation “worrisome”. “A lot of representatives of the press were there. Everyone was there and interested in the bad news,” said Orjikh.
The bad news in question was the ­discovery of zebra mussels, a highly invasive breed of freshwater mussels originally from Russia, near the Three Sisters Islands in the Memphrémagog.
“Our lead patrolman, Santiago Doyon, swept the waters with his crew and they indeed found zebra mussels,” she explained. “As of now the problem is mostly localized around Magog, where there’s a density of around 5 mussels per square metre.” See full story in the Tuesday, July 24 edition of The Record.

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