The Memphremagog Watershed Association was founded in 2007 as an organization dedicated to the preservation of the environment and natural beauty of the Memphremagog watershed and to ensure its protection for generations to come. Memphremagog Watershed Association is a 501c3 Association.
1. Promote the ecological awareness of people who live in, work in, and visit the Memphremagog watershed area and enjoy all that it offers.
2. Inform and educate the public and promote participation in the preservation of the environment and natural beauty of the watershed region.
3. Work with other area lake associations, local, state, and federal governments, as well as businesses, to develop guidelines and policies that protect and improve the quality of life in and around the watershed.
4. Participate in the monitoring of the water quality of the lake and its tributaries, clean-up and re-naturalize the shoreline and river banks, and protect area plants and wildlife.
Board of Directors
Valuable members trained to serve Vermont and its waterways
- President David Converse - Contact President@mwavt.org
- Vice President-
- Secretary Stan Chop- Contact Secretary@mwavt.org
- Treasurer Jennifer Hopkins- Contact Treasurer@mwavt.org
- Bill "Oscar" Round
- Beth Torpey
- Hillary Potter
- Andy Major
- Marnie MacKenzie
- Vincent Montoro
Ben Copans - Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Peter Lepine- Memphremagog Conservation, Inc
A Short History The Memphremagog Watershed Association was founded in 2007. The impetus for its formation was the Basin 17 watershed management planning process and the realization that there was a need for advocacy for the health,restoration, and preservation of the Memphremagog watershed. MWA is a non-profit membership association with an average membership of approximately one hundred. Since its formation MWA has been involved in a number of programs and activities, including clean-ups, buffer plantings, educational programs and field trips, water quality sampling, invasive species patrolling, and cyanobacteria monitoring. The association has received LaRosa grants (to support water quality monitoring) and EcosystemRestoration Program grants. The most recent ERP grant is for an Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) study of the municipal stormwater systems in the watershed. MWA has also assisted in applying for a Better Back Roads grant. MWA works closely with Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department on stewardship and management of the Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area in Derby, Vermont. The association also works closely with Memphremagog Conservation Incorporated (MCI), its Canadian colleague, which is located in Magog, Quebec. Much effort has also been placed in building working partnerships with the many lake associations in the watershed as well as the NorthWoods Stewardship Center. This has lead to several successful initiatives.
Board Meeting Minutes available upon request.